Historic Fishtown – Revisited
3D building data collected for a previous project generated accurate elevation drawings for a new project and saved the client time and money. Scanning data collected during an initial project can be re-visited to create continued value for the client.
In the spring of 2008, Midwestern Consulting was hired by the historic preservation team of JJR, LLC/HopkinsBurns Design Studio to scan the historic buildings of Fishtown, an active commercial fishing port in Leland, Michigan on the shore of Lake Michigan. Fishtown is also a popular summer destination for vacationers to the area.
The 2008 project was to scan the Fishtown buildings and generate a topographic survey of the site and wire-frame drawings of the buildings for the architectural team. The image below shows the wire-frame drawings on top of the point cloud. The Fishtown Preservation Society and the architects used the drawings to establish building locations and dimensions.
In February 2010, the Fishtown Preservation Society was awarded funding through the National Trust for Historic Preservation from the Jeffris Heartland Fund to finance a Historic Structure Report for the Fishtown buildings and related structures along the Leland River. As part of the project, Midwestern Consulting was again hired to generate new drawings of each building including additional dimensions, detailed elevations, geometric locations, and other fine details. The drawing below shows the north elevation of the Manitou Outfitters building in significant detail.
These tasks were easily accomplished since we already had the data.
Without the initial scan data, we would have had to travel to the site again and do more measurements. That means more time and money spent on the project. With the data in hand, Midwestern was able to give the historic preservation team additional accurate details of Fishtown at a fraction of the cost needed to get the new measurements.