They are virtually reconstructing old Ukrainian buildings

A French professional wants to preserve the memories of the local past.

Emmanuel Durand is a French engineer decidedto reconstruct as many old Ukrainian buildings as virtually as he can. To do this, you tour the country and set up your 3D scanner when you get to an important location. One of the buildings selected belongs to the Harkiv Fire Department, which was built of red brick in 1887 and is one of the famous constructions of the Industrial Revolution.

Durand always does the same thing: with its portable 3D laser scanner, it scans every side of a given building, and the device can scan 500,000 dots per second. The recording of the Harkiv fire brigade resulted in one billion points. The next stage of the work comes in the evening, when you stack the recorded data on your computer practically as puzzle pieces to virtually reconstruct each building. The virtual models have an accuracy of 5 millimeters and can be rotated or even “sliced” on all sides. Moreover, it can even show the craters of explosions. You can also see perfectly what damage a rocket did, but also what the building originally looked like.


The French expert works with architects, engineers and experts in old buildings, as well as a museum director. Architect Katyerina Kuplitskaka said that there are 500 buildings of historical significance in Kharkiv alone. Most are located in the dense historic city center, where Russian airstrikes are concentrated. The specialist is a member of a committee that scans all the damaged buildings, there are a hundred of them in the big Ukrainian city. And although Russian troops have loosened the loop around Ukraine’s second largest city, the projectiles continue to rain with regular monotony. Recorded conditions and damage can not only help with subsequent recovery, but also support prosecutions.

Some critics say it is futile to document historic buildings in such meticulous detail while war is still raging and people are dying every day. However, Tetyana Pylyptshuk, director of the Kharkov Literary Museum, disagrees. “Culture is the basis of everything. If culture had developed well, people would probably not have died and there would have been no war,” he said. Pylyptshuk, who is also a member of the Committee on Damaged Historic Sites, sent much of his museum’s collection to western Ukraine to protect them from damage – and looting if Russian troops flood Kharkiv. “Today, everyone has realized this. If one loses one’s cultural heritage, it hurts.”

Source: SG.hu Hírmagazin – IT/Tech by sg.hu.

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