The Heritage Mapping Unit Project
Working in partnership with the University of KwaZulu-Natal, the 3 year project (2010 – 2012) used modern technology to digitally document heritage sites within the province. A digital database containing the locations and important historical information for over 3,700 heritage buildings was created together with provincial custodians Amafa / Heritage KwaZulu Natali.
The project made use of the latest 3D laser scanning technology, digital photography and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) technology to create computerized visual records of a number of the province’s historic buildings. The millions of points produced by the scanning process meant that millimetre accurate models of the buildings could be generated, providing a metrically accurate record. The project had a strong focus on training. Students from the Mangosuthu University of Technology were given practical training towards their National Diploma in Land Surveying, giving the students valuable experience in the latest land survey technology which is relatively new to South Africa.
The project was funded by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (Now National Lotteries Commission). Visit the NLC website to find out about more projects funded by the NLC.