Bob Warden, director of the CHC, is heading a team of graduate students using scanning and recording equipment that, when combined with computer aided-design software, yield highly detailed 2- and 3-D models of the historic structure in San Antonio
The models are helping the Alamo’s conservator, Pam Rosser, contend with preservation issues considered most important to the lasting health of the building including cleaning, water penetration, site drainage, structure and roof issues.
“For us, preservation is really preservation of our story, the human story,” Warden told Michael Graczyk of the Associated Press. “It’s not that we think you have to save everything. But there are some things, like this building, that you just don’t ever want to lose.”
Students and faculty from Texas A&M University-Kingsville, the University of Texas and the University of Texas at San Antonio are also involved in the project, which is being funded by the Texas General Land Office.