‘Surveying heritage buildings in Ahmedabad, India: empowering local action and skills for heritage conservation’

This research project aims to install local capacities for recording, surveying and protecting built heritage buildings in India, as a knowledge transfer to improve their maintenance and tackle deterioration. This will be done through a series of training activities for students and staff of the Center for Heritage Conservation, CEPT Research and Development Foundation in Ahmedabad, surveying heritage buildings using 3D laser scanning, one of the latest technologies for accurate and comprehensive documentation of the as-built condition of the environment. They will be trained specifically in data collection, postprocessing and dissemination using on-site and remote methods. The activities are possible to be carried out in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic considering physical distancing and other preventive measures. Installing the surveying capacity within the Center in India through its Master’ Program in Conservation and Regeneration, it is expected that the capacities and skills learned by students and lecturers can help to continue the knowledge transfer even when the project is over.
Eventually, this knowledge will be transferred to local authorities, consultancies and within academia to improve the methods used in the conservation of built heritage in general. In doing so, an affordable and sustainable method for the conservation of heritage buildings could be established, building from previous experiences of scanning in seismic areas of Chile. This is relevant to complement the funded AHRC GCRF project, “A Sustainable Re-construction Method for Seismic-prone Heritage Areas of India Based on Advanced Recording Technologies”, in which a re-construction strategy and mitigation plan will be developed for heritage areas of India based on their 3D scan record.
This project is funded by Nottingham Trent University and carried out at the Centre for Architecture, Urbanism and Global Heritage.