The Art of Historic Preservation

Saturday, August 19, 2017

History Park San Jose

Monday, July 31, 2017

2017 Reality Capture Technology Summer Camp @ History Park
July 3-14, 2017Engineering Projects
Team #1- The Trolley Barn @ History Park
Team #2- The Nelson-Deluz House
Team #3- The Pasetta House
Team #4- The Portuguese Historical Museum (Imperio)

Working out the angles...

Team #1: Trolley Barn
Mike Sodergren, Israel Perez-King, Denise Gip, Ryan Luong
The Team
Digital Documentation of the Trolley Barn at History
Hardware: FARO 350s Terrestrial Laser Scanner
Software: FARO Scene 6.2
Resolution: 1/5
Quality: 1/4
Number of Scans: 41
Average Scan Duration: 6minutes, 35seconds

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The historic Associated Oil Station at History Park

One of several outstanding engineering projects from this year's Reality Capture Technology Summer Camp at History Park
Large Group Project: 413,389,716 Data Points
Hardware: FARO 350s Terrestrial Laser Scanner
Software: FARO Scene 6.2

My Team

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

A Silicon Valley Icon: The Tech Museum of Innovation

Inspiring the Innovator in Everyone

Coming Soon in 3D- The Tech Museum of Innovation
Silicon Valley's Iconic Museum is located in the heart of downtown San Jose
2015 Winner of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

Project Specifications
705,324,567 Data Points
Hardware: FARO Technologies 330X Terrestrial Laser Scanner
Software: Autodesk Recap
Resolution: 1/4

Monday, March 6, 2017

July 3-14, 2017  
5th Annual Reality Capture Summer Technology Camp
The Reality Capture Summer Technology Camp is a unique project driven STEAM program that introduces students to the engineering process through state of the art technology. Utilizing laser scanning/digital documentation techniques, students actively take part in creating a digital archive of the region’s cultural heritage while using civil engineering tools to resolve complex geospatial challenges. 
History Park in is the location/campus of the proposed program. History Park contains 34 historic structures and encompasses 14+ acres in central San Jose. The History San Jose Collection Center has more than 500,000 artifacts that students can archive and digitally document.
Associated Oil Station

Cogswell College in San Jose is one of the world’s premiere digital animation and audio engineering colleges. Cogswell engineering alumni work at iconic industry leaders like Disney, DreamWorks Animation, PIXAR Studios, Industrial Light and Magic, EA Sports, LucasFilm and many others. The combination of Cogswell’s artistic, engineering influence and historic, archival focus of History Park is the ideal blend of Science Technology Engineering Art Mathematics.

Program Goals:
1.      Introduce students to engineering through hands on projects with state of the art hardware and software.
2.      Encourage students to pursue careers in education, engineering, science and technology.
3.      Provide participants with a unique experience that prepares them for the next step in their professional development
4.      Build bridges and connect pathways to facilitate our participant’s transition to institutions of higher education, trade unions or entrepreneurship.
5.      To train and retain local talent for the expanding Silicon Valley workforce.
6.      To create a program that benefits both the participants and the greater community

There are several objectives in route to our stated goals. Most importantly, engaging the next generation of educators, engineers, innovators and scientist in the digital documentation of the region’s cultural history is considered a key element and critical to the success of the program.
Our programs teach students to use state of the art reality capture technology to create 3D models of historic San Jose homes, artifacts and property. The program empowers students by giving them the technical skills, guidance and opportunity to document their environment using the same technology that is used in archeology, architecture, construction, design, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, forensic investigations, surveying and geometrics. Based upon the principles of advanced geometry and trigonometry, our program(s) are creating a digital record of our cultural heritage and environment for future researcher, educators and scientist. This is a unique, hands-on, action based program that focuses on the practical application of technology rather than extensive lecture and class work.  Our partners include the Santa Clara County Office of Education, History Park, JFK University and the Silicon Valley Black Chamber of Commerce.
Trolley Barn

During the first week of camp, students learn to use laser scanners to capture dimensional and structural data from buildings at History Park in San Jose. The second week of camp, students learn to process laser scan data using state of the art 3D software at the campus of Cogswell College.
The educational benefits of such a unique project are only one aspect of our long range goal. The development of a 3D historic cultural archive will provide guest, visitors and users with access to historic research and data that would otherwise only be available to people live in the Bay Area and can visit History Park by appointment. Our data will be available online and accessible from any internet ready computer, tablet or workstation in the world.

The establishment of this project represents a paradigm shift in education and access to information. The digital database created through this project will be archived at History Park. The data can be used for research, planning, seismic analysis, environmental monitoring, education, historic preservation and tourism. The end product will affect the way cities, regions and business entities conduct outreach as well as influence new trends in tourism and visitor services.
Portuguese History Museum

Deliverables and Outcomes
Upon completion of our program, student/participants will be able to:
1.      Identify, define and solve geospatial engineering challenges
2.      Critically evaluate information
3.      Function effectively in a team atmosphere
4.      Operate laser scanning/civil engineering technology
5.      Utilize a minimum of two (2) forms of industry related software
6.      Collect/Import data from field work in preparation for processing
7.      Plan, coordinate and manage complex geospatial data collection projects
8.      Produce and maintain a comprehensive project specific engineering journal
9.      Complete a digital documentation project at History Park as assigned

     This Summer's Projects- 
Nelson- DeLuz House

  1. The Historic Trolley Barn
  2. The Portuguese History Museum
  3. The Associated Oil Station
  4. The Nelson DeLuz House
  5. Cogswell Polytechnic College

Summer Technology Camp Dates
July 3rd – July 7th 
HISTORY PARK  1650 Senter Road San Jose, Ca.
Monday July 3rd                        9:00am to 4:00pm
Tuesday July 4th                        Holiday
Wednesday July 5th                  9:00am to 4:00pm
Thursday July 6th                     9:00am to 4:00pm
Friday July 7th                           9:00am to 4:00pm

July 10th- July 14th
COGSWELL COLLEGE  191 Baypointe Parkway, San Jose CA.
Monday July 10th                    9:00am to 4:00pm
Tuesday July 11th                    9:00am to 4:00pm
Wednesday July 12th               9:00am to 4:00pm
Cogswell College
Thursday July 13th                  9:00am to 4:00pm
Friday July 14th                       9:00am to 4:00pm

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

The Historic Kelley Mansion, San Jose CA.

Built in 1912, the Kelley Mansion was destroyed by 2 alarm fire in 2012...

In 1861 Judge Lawrence Archer purchased 160 acres just outside of San José’s city limits. He named the property around Coyote Creek “Lone Oak.” Archer moved his family in 1869, from their downtown home to a two-story house surrounded by elaborate gardens and accessed by two avenues lined with pepper, cypress and eucalyptus trees. There he grew orchards of prunes, apricots, walnuts, and was especially proud of his cherries. A well respected resident and attorney, Archer came to California in 1852 and settled in San Jose in 1853. Active in community service, he was Mayor of San José in 1856 and 1878; a County Judge from 1867 – 71; and served at State Assemblyman from 1875 – 76. Archer left his “Lone Oak” property to his only daughter, Louise Archer Flavin Kelley. She inherited the land in 1910 and it became known as “Ar-Kel” an abbreviation of her maiden and married names...From HSJ webapage. www.historysanjoseorg

Monday, July 4, 2016

Silicon Valley's 22nd Century Museum

Silicon Valley Regional High Tech Poster/Map
2007 Silicon Maps

The Silicon Valley 22nd Century Museum was inspired by the world wide preservation and digital documentation efforts of organizations like CyArk and the World Heritage Foundation.
There are major historic preservation projects underway on six (6) of the world's seven (7) continents. These preservation efforts all involve detailed research, documentation and, in many ancient locations, archaeological excavations. These efforts are all focused on uncovering the inner working of a particular society; how people worked, their living conditions, their technology, their education and their art.

2D Rendering of an Ancient
Since the beginning of recorded time, human beings have documented their environment; buildings, cities, homes, machinery, weapons and technology. Archaeological projects, research and restoration/ preservation often center upon these  representations of the environment. These diagrams often contain much more than simple dimensional data, they provide insight into technology, individual status and life style.

Typical 2D Floor Plans

 The common thread in all documentation efforts is that technology has always limited them to simple 2 dimensional representations. Human beings have never had the ability to document their environment 3 Dimensions, until now.

For the first time in human history, we have the technology to provide a complete digital, 3D record of our environment for future generations. Silicon Valley companies have spearhead the technology revolution and changed the lives of individuals and societies around the world. The impact of Silicon Valley technologies will be the topic of educators, scholars and researchers for generations to come. It's only natural that a ground breaking technology project like this one would originate here in Silicon Valley. 

Our goal is to provide a digital record of our environment and make sure the data is accessible to future generations of researchers scholars

Based upon the Silicon Maps annual high technology regional poster, this 3D record of our environment will form the foundation of the 22nd Century Museum. The museum will house a digital record of historic buildings and iconic Silicon Valley locations. This five (5) year project will be a "snapshot in time"; Silicon Valley 2016-2021. 

For more than 20 years Silicon Maps developed and distributed a regional map/poster of Silicon Valley Technology Companies.
Silicon Valley Technology Company Poster
Silicon Maps 1993
The annual release of these posters was a well anticipated event. The posters went to the Convention and Visitor's Bureau, Chamber of Commerce(s) various cities, counties, etc.

Each entity had their own distribution network and each network anxiously awaited the annual release and distribution dates.

The Convention and Visitor's Bureau would send these regional maps to clients, visitor's, contractors, tourist, travel agencies, etc. 

When I worked for the San Jose Convention and Cultural Facilities there were a lot of city offices decorated with framed copies of one or more of these animated maps. The 22nd Century Museum takes the same concept of the  
Adobe World Headquarters
Downtown San Jose
SV Technology Poster and adds modern technology; GPS/GIS, Reality Capture technology, to create a precise 3 Dimensional representation of a chosen environment. 

While the original map(s) only featured the SV Valley high tech companies, the 22nd Century Museum will feature historic buildings from the past through year 2021. This will include everything from historic buildings like the Luis Peralta Adobe (cir. 1791) in Downtown San Jose to modern day iconic buildings like the Adobe Systems World Headquarters (cir.1996) in Downtown San Jose.

What are the benefits to this project?
There are several unique components to the 22nd Century Museum that have a significant impact on our community. 

1. Education

The 22nd Century Museum seeks to engage students from high school through graduate school in th engineering process. Through our documentation and preservation efforts, students will learn how to use laser scanners to create 3D records of buildings and structures.Students will also learn how to process and register data using the latest 3D software such as FARO Scene and Autodesk Recap. Students will digitally document buildings as part of a team
assignment. Under the supervision, the students will research an assigned building, property or history site. A work plan plan and schedule will be developed, along with a proposed presentation date. 

The technology students will be using is applicable in myriad disciplines:

Aeronautics, Architecture, Animation, Building/Construction, Civil Engineering, Design, Forensics Investigation, Gaming, Geography, GIS/GPS, Mapping, Mechanical Engineering,  Reverse Engineering, Museum Sciences, Surveying and many others.

2. Collection of Vital Data

Data collected will be archived of future reference. In case of natural or man-made disaster, the lasers scans can be used as geographic references, as digital blueprints, seismic references or for use by city/county planners and private contractors.

San Jose/Silicon Valley has lost a number of historic buildings and locations over the years. Many of these buildings had not records, blueprints or floor plans. In a few fortunate cases, we have been able to locate some photographs and city archives or in private collections. The 22nd Century Museum is the first set to establishing a digital archive of these historic buildings; a permanent record of the Valley's unique architecture.

1991 Silicon Valley Maps
Unlike current efforts to unlock secrets and understanding of a particular time and place, future scholars, students and researchers will have access to a dimensionally correct, archive of historic and iconic locations in and around Silicon Valley. 

3. Guest Services and Tourism
The poster produced and distributed by Silicon Maps garnered a very large and enthusiastic following among people in the convention and exhibition business. The concept was not only interesting, the ever changing landscape of the technology industry added a level of curiosity when comparing the most current rendition with years past. It was also a wonderful way to highlight and showcase the talent and innovation represented in the valley.

Locally, the tourism industry contributes hundreds of millions of dollars to Bay Area economies. World wide, the convention and tourism is a $7.6 trillion industry. The establishment of this innovative online project will revolutionize the convention and tourism industry, create new revenue streams and create new jobs for emerging services.
Luis Peralta Adobe
Downtown San Jose

The 22nd Century Museum will feature enhancements to the same interesting elements that made the original concept so successful. The added element of cultural history, interactive exhibits and virtual reality environments will expand demographics and provide something of interest to online guest of various backgrounds and interest. The idea is to highlight Silicon Valley Culture for tourist.

Silicon Valley's rich heritage will be on display to a worldwide audience. People from all walks of life will be able to go online and witness the Valley's rich cultural heritage and unique history through the world's first 3D regional map of it's kind.

4. The Internet of Things (IOT)
The 3D documentation of buildings and locations directly benefits and enhances the IOT concept. Laser scanning and point cloud technology is uniquely suited to establishing smart homes, smart buildings, smart cities and intelligent transportation. Building Information Modeling software used in conjunction with 3D point clouds or models provide building owner/operators with unique tools for management, maintenance and operations; including remote monitoring and operation of a home or facility, the ability to conduct simulations for air quality, lighting, sound and other environment issues. 

The concept of a network of physical devices, buildings and other items- embedded with electronics, software, sensors and actuators that enable these objects to collect and exchange data is at the foundation of the internet of things. Laser scanning is a key element to enhanced data collection and exchange. Actuators and sensors are embedded within the 3D environment, providing instant recall and an easily recognizable reference for management and operations.

Why Is This Project Important?
We are engaging students in a unique engineering and history project that will provide the foundation for the Silicon Valley's 22nd Century Museum. This is an opportunity to introduce students to engineering through a unique hands-on experience. The many benefits include but certainly are not limited to; on the job training for students in a variety a emerging engineering fields, the digital documentation of culturally significant buildings and locations in Silicon Valley, the establishment of a new STEM/STEAM initiative among SC County Schools, the establishment of a bridge to higher education and/or labor for students and a one of a kind high tech marketing tool for local cities and chamber of commerce.

Whether a student is interested in animation, civil engineering, software engineering or one of dozens of other disciplines this project offers a one of a kind opportunity to gain experience with latest reality capture technology.

The First Step In The Historic Documentation Process- The Historic Documentation of The San Jose Woman's Club, Summer/Fall 2016
 A Collaborative Project Between Notre Dame High School, San Jose CA., 
The San Jose Woman's Club and PointZ Taken Historic Documentation Specialist.

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