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The application of cloud-based photogrammetry in the study of the built heritage.

Laing, Richard; Scott, Jonathan; Hogg, Graeme


Richard Laing

Jonathan Scott

Graeme Hogg



This paper considers the use of cloud-based photogrammetry to collect and process 3D information pertaining to the built heritage. Although modern surveying technologies such as laser scanning are available, their application may be prohibited by cost and the need for specialist knowledge in all but the largest projects. An argument in this paper is for a wider understanding of a holistic approach to the development of better documentation techniques to study historic buildings of variable size and form. The research utilised cloud-based photogrammetry to record and present aspects of the built heritage (examples from vernacular architecture in a rural setting), and suggests a suitable workflow to assist in the collection of heritage case studies. Recording the intact built heritage in this way provides a rich data set, and one which can be readily incorporated within mainstream architectural and information modelling packages. The paper concludes with a critical discussion of the issues inherent in the method, including those of accuracy, storage and application within established CAD packages.


LAING, R., SCOTT, J. and HOGG, G. 2014. The application of cloud-based photogrammetry in the study of the built heritage. In Kouider, T. (ed.) Proceedings of the 5th International congress on architectural technology (ICAT 2014): architectural technology, towards innovative professional practice, 7 November 2014, Aberdeen, UK. Aberdeen: Robert Gordon University [online], pages 242-252. Available from:

Conference Name 5th International congress on architectural technology (ICAT 2014)
Conference Location Aberdeen, UK
Start Date Nov 7, 2014
Acceptance Date Jan 8, 2014
Online Publication Date Nov 7, 2014
Publication Date Dec 31, 2014
Deposit Date Mar 4, 2015
Publicly Available Date Mar 4, 2015
Publisher Robert Gordon University
Pages 242-252
ISBN 9781907349096
Keywords Built heritage; Digitisation; Construction; Photogrammetry; Cloud based
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