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October 13, 2009

APT Symposium on Historic Building Rehab Methods to be Held November 2 & 3

A two-day event titled “Capturing the Past for Future Use: Integrating Documentation with Repair, Design and Construction Practice in Historic Buildings Rehabilitation,” jointly organized by the Association for Preservation Technology (APT) and the American Institute of Architects Historic Resources Committee (AIA-HRC) in association with the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) and supported by the General Services Administration (GSA), will be held Nov. 2 and 3, 2009 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The training workshop and symposium will be held prior to the 2009 conference of The Association for Preservation Technology International.

The symposium gathers international experts from three continents to discuss appropriate technologies for the metric survey and recording of existing buildings, including rectified photography¸ photogrammetry and laser scanning, as well as the integration of this data with the new forms of construction documentation, especially Building Information Modeling (BIM), for effective preservation and refurbishment projects.

The purpose of the event stems from the fact that the survey and recording of historic buildings, and of those more recent structures undergoing adaptive re-use and rehabilitation, is becoming complicated by the array of technologies now available to document existing plans and elevations, and translate such data into working drawings in CAD and BIM. The symposium will rehearse the philosophical, technical and economic reasoning for improving the quality of building documentation; discuss federal policies and guidance in the procurement of GSA and other rehabilitation projects; introduce international standards of practice; and present on current trends in survey equipment and BIM-related software developments.

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