ChronoPoints is an initiative at the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Simulation and Training dedicated to digitally documenting historically significant mid-century structures and artifacts. Our mission is to record a “life history” through the capture of digital data and by contextualizing it through contemporaneous photographs, documents, and oral histories of individuals associated with the artifact or building.
The terrestrial laser scanner provides a non-intrusive highly accurate representation of a structure or artifact. Once captured, data can be used to assist site restoration in the event of a natural disaster, war or weather deterioration. Detailed 3D models can be constructed and imported into popular game engines to create interactive educational experiences.
One of our areas of focus is the capture of mid-century architecture. Amongst the primary advantages in the study of mid-twentieth century subjects are living participants from the era associated with national and local events. This provides a rich, personalized view of a structure and its place in the community, which might be lost by waiting until those generations passed away. However, we are not limited to mid-century structures – we have scanned buildings as varied as a Spanish Mission in California to a 1920s movie theater.
ChronoPoints is also an active supporter of UCF undergraduate and graduate student research efforts. We frequently work with UCF students to provide them hands-on experience with terrestrial laser scanners.