HDS | Historic Digital Survey

Advanced technology for surveying and maintaining the historic built environment.

In collaboration with Historic Environment Scotland, we investigate various new reality capture technologies for supporting building surveyors in pro-active maintenance surveys. We also develop new algorithms to extract valuable information from this survey data. One of these is available as a plugin to CloudCompare (see below).

Videos

This video shows some results we have achieved for automatically segmenting ashlar and rubble masonty walls. While not easily shown, one important aspect of our approach, particularly for rubble walls, is that it doesn't assume that the wall is flat/planar.

Masonry Segmentation CloudCompare Plugin

The Masonry Segmentation CloudCompare Plugin, which is a plugin for CloudCompare that enables the segmentation of dense point clouds (principally from laser scanning) of masonry structures into their individual stones. The plugin, distributed under the GPLv2 license, can be found here.

Academic Publications

Year Authors, date, title and journal PDF web
2020 Valero, E., Bosché, F., Forster, A., M'Beirick I., Wilson L., Turmel A., Hyslop E. (2020), "Development of a novel open tool for the segmentation of 3D point clouds of masonry walls", STONE 2020, Germany.    
2019 Valero, E., Forster, A., Bosché, F., Hyslop E., Wilson L. & Turmel A. (2019), "Automated defect detection and classification in ashlar masonry walls using machine learning", Automation in Construction, Vol. 106, 102846. PDF web
- Hassan M., Carozza L., Bosché F., Abdel-Wahab M. S., (2019), "Effectiveness of a Novel Untethered Augmented Virtuality System for Immersive Industrial Training", 36th International Conference of CIB W78, pp. 986-998.   web
- Corneli A., Naticchia, B., Carbonari A., Bosché F. (2019). "Augmented Reality and Deep Learning towards the Management of Secondary Building Assets", 36th International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction (ISARC 2019), Banff, Canada, May 21-24 /a> web
- Braun, A., Bosché, F., Borrmann, A. (2019). "Towards Automated Quality Assessment of Construction Elements", 2nd European Conference on Computing in Construction (2019 EC3), Chania, Greece<, Jul 10-12 /a> web
2018 Valero, E., Bosché, F. & Forster, A., (2018), "Automatic Segmentation of 3D Point Clouds of Rubble Masonry Walls, and its Application to Building Surveying, Repair and Maintenance", Automation in Construction, Vol. 96, pp. 29-39. PDF web
- Valero, E., Bosché, F., Forster, A., Hyslop, E. (2018). "Historic Digital Survey: Reality Capture and Automatic Data Processing for the Interpretation and Analysis of Historic Architectural Rubble Masonry", 11th International Conference on Structural Analysis of Historical Constructions (SAHC 2018), Cusco, Peru, Sep 11-13 PDF web
- Valero, E., Forster, A., Bosché, F., Renier, C., Hyslop, E., Wilson, L. (2018). "High Level-of-Detail BIM and Machine Learning for Automated Masonry Wall Defect Surveying", 35th International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction (ISARC 2018), Berlin, Germany, Jul 20-25. Best Paper Award PDF web
2017 Valero, E., Bosché, F. N., Forster, A. M., Wilson, L., Leslie, A. (2017), "Evaluation of Historic Masonry: Towards Greater Objectivity and Efficiency", Book chapter in Heritage Building Information Modelling, 280 pages, Routledge. PDF web
2016 Valero, E., Bosché, F. N., Forster, A. M., Wilson, L., Leslie, A. (2016), "Comparison of 3D Reality Capture Technologies for the Survey of Stone Walls", Arqueológica 2.0, Valencia, Spain, Sep 5-7. PDF web
2015 Bosché F., Forster A., Valero E. (2015), 3D Surveying Technologies and Applications: Point Clouds and Beyond. Technical Report prepared for Historic Enrivonment Scotland. PDF  

Books and Technical Reports

Year Title, authors, details PDF web
2017 Valero, E., Bosché, F. N., Forster, A. M., Wilson, L., Leslie, A. (2017), "Evaluation of Historic Masonry: Towards Greater Objectivity and Efficiency", Book chapter in Heritage Building Information Modelling, 280 pages, Routledge. PDF web
2015 Bosché F., Forster A., Valero E. (2015), 3D Surveying Technologies and Applications: Point Clouds and Beyond. Technical Report prepared for Historic Enrivonment Scotland. PDF  

Reports

 

Professional and Public Publications

Year Authors, title and date Link
2019 Forster, A. M., Bosché, F. N. & Valero, E., "The changing face of conservation", RICS Built Environment Journal, p. 52-53, February 2019. link
2017 RICS Building Conservation Journal, "3D Survey Technologies - Point Clouds and Beyond", May/June 2017. link

Invited Talks

Year Talk details Link
2019 BIM4Heritage, "Historic Digital Survet", May/June 2017.  

Awards

Year Details
2018 Best Paper at the 2018 International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction (ISARC) for the paper "High Level-of-Detail BIM and Machine Learning for Automated Masonry Wall Defect Surveying".

Partners

Historic Environment Scotland
 
Advanced technology for surveying and maintaining the historic built environment
Advanced technology for surveying and maintaining the historic built environment