The Art of Historic Preservation

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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