Digital Preservation of Mission San Luis Rey
The week of August 27th, a CyArk team joined up with a team from UC San Diego's Center of Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture, and Archaeology (CISA3) to digitally document Mission San Luis Rey de Francia in the city of Oceanside.
In that short period of time, approximately 815 terrestrial LiDAR scans were captured using three machines (1 Leica C10 and 2 FARO Focus3D's). One of the FARO's was on site and staffed by PhD students from UC San Diego's CISA3. Additionally, they brought along their experimental octo-copter to help record the grounds and roofs of the structure. It was quite impressive to watch it hover and zig-zag across the skyline! At peak performance, the scan team managed 394 scans with the three machines in a single day! In total only a few rooms (which remained inaccessible to the team) were undocumented within the Basilica, main quadrangle, and small quadrangle. To date, 430 of the 815 scans have been registered together, creating a dataset of nearly 4 billion points, implying the final data set will likely be around 7-8 billion!
Additionally, initial deliverables of architectural drawings were created of several buildings within the quadrangle.
This massive mission compound, a key structure in California history as one of the largest Spanish missions built, is an important addition to our El Camino Real project.
CyArk looks forward to continuing the work on San Luis Rey's data to provide excellent resources to the public and the site authorities during their retrofits, upgrades, and space-planning processes.
Lastly, we would like to express our gratitude to the Mission's residents (the Friars and the Covenant community) and workers who were more than accommodating to our intrusions to record every room. And of course UCSD's CISA3 team, who supplied important support that allowed us to complete the digital recording of Mission San Luis Rey.