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UN-Backed Team Scans Ukraine Historical Sites to Preserve Them Amid War

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Volunteers Emmanuel Durand, left, and Serhii Revenko set up a high-tech scanner at the All Saints Church at the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Laser scans of Kyiv’s All Saints Church will be stitched together with navigational data to create a perfect three-dimensional rendering of the holy site, part of a project to protect and preserve historic places across Ukraine.

Credit: Jon Gambrell/AP

Two United Nations-backed engineers are using advanced laser-scanning technology to digitally preserve historical sites in Ukraine as three-dimensional (3D) models.

French engineer Emmanuel Durand and Ukrainian architect Serhii Revenko volunteered for the project through UNESCO, scanning the sites with a donated Zoller & Fröhlich Imager 5010X combined with software and supporting gear.

Durand said the 3D digitalizations could help in rebuilding sites like Kyiv's All Saints Church if they are damaged or destroyed during Ukraine's war with Russia.

Said Revenko, "This is important to preserve because what the enemy and the Russians are trying to destroy is who we are and what our identity is."

From Associated Press
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