May 21-23, 2019 - Anaheim, CA

Historic Preservation

May 22 2019
10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Historic Preservation

Track Name: AEC Next
Session Date: May 22 2019 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

The Taliesin West Data Capture- A tale of Exploring New Technology in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Desert Laboratory

In 2018 the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation approached Leica Geosystems with a unique problem that could only be solved though the use of cutting edge technology. The foundation wanted to digitally preserve and share Taliesin West through an immersive experience making it available for all to enjoy, no matter distance, accessibility challenges or time. Taliesin West was a working laboratory for Frank Lloyd Wright and this is where he could experiment with materials and push the boundaries to see what could be done to advance the way we build and live. All of the buildings were experimental buildings that were constructed over time, many with had little or no plans. This construction laboratory seemed a fitting place to also try a new blend of fused sensor technology from a partnership with Leica Geosystems and Matterport captured by Multivista. Through the combination of the BLK360 laser scanner, Matterport camera, sophisticated documentation and an immersive media platform anybody anywhere can now experience the work of the master architect. The preservation team also has over 800 scans documenting the interior and exterior of the entire campus they use as part of the preservation program. True to Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision, this immersive experience represents a new way for the world to access, preserve, and think about design and organic architecture.


Brian Smith

Leica Geosystems

Creating Digital Twin for Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House is a cultural icon which accommodates an average 1800 performances and 1.4 million visitors per year. Employing 8500 people with annual maintenance costs of approx 30M AUD, its total value to Australia has been estimated at 4.6B AUD. The Opera House has been a strong advocate (the first in the world) of the concept of BIM for FM since nominated in 2004 as the Cooperative Research Centre for Construction Innovation exemplar project for FM as a business enabler. Declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 2007 and celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2013, the Opera House has commenced a long term renewal program. Around 20 disparate technical systems have historically been used to manage the estate and there has been no centralized resource to access and manage data. Development and implementation of a world class integrated BIM for FM solution (Digital Twin) improves operational and cost efficiencies to support greater visitor experience and plays a significant role in conservation and providing safe environments for staff and visitors, all in support of the Opera House’s cultural program. The Digital Twin was established in 2016-2018, and the presentation will describe the project and the future plans for the development of the solution.


Igor Starkov

EcoDomus, Inc.

How Deconstruction and Building Material reuse are vital parts of the developing built economy.

Have you ever watched a building come down? I’ve seen everything from a neighborhood of large block tenement buildings blown up, to a small cottage being crunched by a bulldozer in an hour. It’s kind of exciting in many ways, and rather distressing in others. What’s exciting is the power of our machinery to move that much material in such a short amount of time. What’s distressing is to think about the history of that building, the lives that were lived in it, and the materials and effort that went into creating it and maintaining it for years. Buildings are an integral part of our lives; we all know that, we live, work, play and all that in them. Why then are we so separated from them at the end, how is it we divorce ourselves from all that history and meaning when we are done with them? Perhaps it’s born out of our disposable economy, our youth as a country, and our addiction to the new? Or, more likely, a combination of all of those factors? Building material reuse is as old as building however. Since the first time we stacked one rock on top of another to build a shelter we have taken those rocks when done and stacked them again. How did we get away from this? And how do we get back? For get back we must I think. We got here as a result of many factors of course but primary among them is the fact that we created wealth through processing raw materials into new products with amazing efficiency. Our economy is built on that process; has been for many decades, even centuries. The trouble here is that we have valued short-term wealth over long-term wealth. When short-term cash profits dictate our decisions we sacrifice quite a bit. In the case of our material wealth we squander our precious materials by mining, processing, then shortly after [months or decades its still relatively short when you think about it] bury them in landfills. The question then is what to do about it? How to do it differently when our entire economy is built around this consumption? The answers of course are as complex as the questions however. But I do believe there are answers. I do believe that we can reimagine our world and our built environment in such a way that we can pull ourselves out of this trend and this tremendously expensive habitual behavior. And like many complex issues sometimes its helpful to look back to tradition. In the past thousands of years humans did not throw away materials that were reusable. It was unthinkable. We got here because we changed our thinking about what is valuable. We can get back the same way; by rethinking what is valuable. So this presentation is about Reimaging the future of our building industry. It’s about looking at how we can start pulling all the various players that think about how buildings are built and how they come down together. And it’s about learning from each other; designers, planners, deconstructionists, researchers… because we still have so much to learn.


Joe Connell

Building Materials Reuse Association

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