Historic structures play key roles in the communities they are a part of. Not only are they an important part of cultural legacy, but they also are crucial in surmounting engineering challenges like the design of sustainable infrastructure, space shortages, increased costs of construction, and the lowering life cycle costs. By reusing or recycling historic structures, communities can reduce their carbon costs, decrease the amount of solid waste they are contributing to landfills, and save on new construction materials. Before historic structures can be preserved or renovated however, an assessment of the existing building must be completed. This process must comprise documenting where damages are, understanding how existing damages originated, and assessing the current capacity of a structure.
As a PhD candidate at Princeton University in the Heritage Structures Lab, the goal of my research is to develop tools to facilitate the documentation, analysis, and adaptive reuse of historic structures. These tools are created by integrating terrestrial and drone photogrammetry, virtual and augmented reality, finite-distinct element modeling, and diffusion maps. This work is also complemented with the development of tools for digital reconstruction for archaeological sites that have been damaged or completely destroyed. This research is thus highly collaborative, and we seek to combine expertise from engineering, architecture, computer science, archaeology, and historic preservation.
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