3D laser scanning helping to preserve our heritage

Case study: Coughton Court (for National Trust)

CGD Ltd in collaboration with the client Poole Phillips Architects, carried out a 3D topographic and measured building survey of part of Coughton Court (a National Trust property). Having received the project specification and requirements, which included the full extent of the site, the client was interested in a “ready to go” site model that would allow them to progress the design work without re-visiting the site.
Coughton court 1
The project involved modelling the exterior and interior of the existing buildings, also the surrounding topography and structures such as the portal frame shown in the picture above, access roads and footpaths. The relationship of the existing farm sheds to the new scheme in relation to height, size and the surroundings were also important as this allows the architect to perform several analyses of the site. The client also requested some highly detailed measured building surveys of some notable features in the existing buildings such as the timber trusses as the planned scheme required utilising existing structure to achieve a balanced proposal. Therefore it was important for them to know how the timber trusses, beams and rafters are connected which would have been difficult to achieve using traditional survey method. CGD Ltd scanned the site and worked on the 3D modelling within a period of 2 weeks.
Victoria Poole, director at Poole Phillips architects, said “I can confirm that the CGD Ltd survey is of excellent quality and sufficient for our needs.”

North to West Elevation
North to West Elevation
Detail of the roof structure showing the connections of the roof members.
Detail of the roof structure showing the connections of the roof members.

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