Opportunities of Geometric Documentation of Historic Buildings with Terrestrial Laser Scanner, Examples from Aksaray/Turkey





Geometric Documentation, Terrestrial Laser Scanner (TLS), Architectural Preservation, Restoration Project, Aksaray Turkey


Detailed and accurate measurements can be done by using laser scanning technology compared to conventional methods in documentation of cultural heritage. Accuracy of measured data directly affects the protection of historical buildings and decision-making process. By processing laser scanning data, multipurpose 3d models can be obtained and all work and results can be shared via internet. Moreover, a detailed analysis of the building can be made with this data and it can be transferred to all related engineering and archeological fields. Despite the advantages of this technology, it has not been used widely yet in production of architectural projects. High cost of equipment and data processing software have been seen as main obstacles for widespread using of this technology. As well as, lack of integration of this topic into architectural education and less number of researcher studying in this field restrict the use of laser scanner.  In this paper, evaluations were made in order to define the possibilities by using laser scanner technologies in process of restoration projects of which number is getting increased in last decades in Turkey. Positive and negative aspects of technology observed in survey process were given with a case study, a small traditional house in province of Aksaray and some reviews related to potential use of laser scanner technologies were made in Turkey.

Author Biographies

Armağan Güleç Korumaz, Konya Technical University, Department of Architecture

Armağan GÜLEÇ KORUMAZ (PhD) is instructor of architecture department at the Konya Technical University. She studied architecture in Selçuk University and got her bachelor degree in 2003. She started to work as researcher in the same university at 2004. She studied photogrammetry and documentation techniques for cultural heritage in her master degree and she completed her MSc in architecture at 2008 in Selçuk University Natural Science Institute. She studied digital documentation techniques, TLS and decision support systems for cultural heritage during her PhD in Selçuk University (2008-2015). She got scholarship from TUBITAK (Scientific and technological Research Council of Turkey) in 2012 and studied Florence University Engineering Faculty Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (DICEA) between 2012-2016. She completed her second PhD about improved documentation techniques in an international joint program collaboration with Florence University (Italy) and Braunschweig Technical University (Germany).     

Grazia Tucci, University of Florence, Department of Structural and Environmental Engineering

She graduated in Architecture at the Politecnico di Milano in 1992. She then obtained the PhD Degree in Geodetic and Topographical Sciences in 1998 at the Politecnico di Milano and subsequently worked as a fellow researcher at the II Faculty of Architecture in the Politecnico di Torino. In 2005 became Associate Professor – and still is – at the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Her main research topic is focused on the use of Geomatics for the protection and enhancement of Cultural Heritage

Mustafa Korumaz, Konya Technical University, Department of Architecture

He obtained his Bachelor Degree from Selçuk University Department of Architecture in Konya (Turkey) in 1999 and got his Master Degree in same university in 2003. He got his PhD degree with title Evaluation of Façadism Applications on Historic Buildings in Context of Conservation in Turkey in Selçuk University in 2011. He has worked in department of architecture in same university since 1999. He is studying in University of Florence for his Post-doctoral research. His main research topics are façadism, architectural preservation and modern documentation techniques.

Valentina Bonora, University of Florence, Department of Structural and Environmental Engineering

She graduated cum laude (outstanding degree) in Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Turin (2000). She is PhD in Drawing and Survey for the protection of building and land heritage (Polytechnic of Turin, 05 may 2005). She was the person in charge of the CNR project - Young Researchers (2004 edition) 3D measurement and modelling for Cultural Heritage protection. She took part in different operating units working for national and international research projects financed by MIUR and EU. She has taken part in many important archaeological and architectural surveys in Italy and abroad. She deals in particular with studying and testing innovative solutions for metric documentation and monitoring of Cultural and Land Heritage.


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How to Cite

Güleç Korumaz, A., Tucci, G., Korumaz, M., & Bonora, V. (2018). Opportunities of Geometric Documentation of Historic Buildings with Terrestrial Laser Scanner, Examples from Aksaray/Turkey. ICONARP International Journal of Architecture and Planning ISSN: 2147-9380, 6(2), 246–273. https://doi.org/10.15320/ICONARP.2018.54