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CyArk Conducts 3D Digital Scan Of John Muir’s Historic Home

John Muir National Historic Site

National Park News

Anyone with Internet access will soon be able to explore a digital 3D model of John Muir’s historic home and orchards thanks to CyArk, a nonprofit organization that uses laser technology to document heritage sites worldwide.

Last month, a CyArk team scanned the interior and exterior of Muir’s 1882 Victorian mansion at John Muir NHS in Martinez, California.

Over the course of three days, they set up several hundred scanning sites around the park, said CyArk project manager Scott Lee.

“After we collect the data we have to process it…and stitch it together in a process called registration,” Lee said. The completed project will be available for the public in April 2014 in conjunction with the opening of a John Muir Way trail in Scotland, Lee said.

The genesis for the project – which seeks to document Muir’s Martinez home and his childhood home in Dunbar, Scotland – came from the Scottish government, Lee said. The project is part of CyArk’s transatlantic partnerships with Historic Scotland,  Scottish Natural Heritage, and the John Muir Birthplace Trust.

“CyArk’s technology allows our small urban park to promote John Muir’s legacy across the globe,” said Superintendent Thomas Leatherman. “This partnership opens new opportunities for us that we couldn’t accomplish alone.”

CyArk will share the scanning data with NPS staff and conservators at Muir’s Dunbar home to improve interpretation and management at both sites. The data will also be used to produce mobile apps and information kiosks. Once the project is finished, visitors can access 3D models and site descriptions at Cyark’s website.


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