The Program Committee is pleased to announce the following presentation for the York-Sunbury Historical Society. Presentations take place at 7:30pm in the basement of Government House (51 Woodstock Road). A reception follows each presentation and are free and open to the public.
Speaker: Grant Aylesworth
Topic: The creation and uses of 3D photo models of cemetery monuments
Date: October 16, 2014
Grant Aylesworth, PhD, RPA*
Squareforks Consulting Inc.
President, New Brunswick Archaeological Society
Brent Suttie, MA, RPA
Archaeological Services, New Brunswick Tourism, Heritage and Culture
Past-President, New Brunswick Archaeological Society
An average quality digital camera and free software can be used to create 3D digital models of cemetery monuments. In turn, these models can be used to enhance legibility of aged and weatherworn monuments and digitally preserve them. Since the condition of monuments usually deteriorates over time rather than improving, creating a digital photographic record for preservation helps to mitigate the loss of monuments to erosion, accidents and vandalism. Digital photography and modelling is non-invasive and eliminates damage that can be caused by rubbing and other traditional methods used to enhance legibility. Genealogists and others can easily assist in the creation of digital archives by simply taking more photos of monuments at any cemeteries visited.
Grant Aylesworth, PhD, RPA
Grant is President and Senior Consultant at Fredericton-based Squareforks Consulting Inc. He has held a number of professorships, most recently at Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB. He holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to academic appointments, Grant has held positions with large engineering and environmental consulting firms before starting Squareforks. His areas of interest include heritage and culture, traditional knowledge, post-secondary education, and development work with Aboriginal and Indigenous communities and organizations. His work has been the subject of media coverage by CBC, CTV and newspapers in major cities as well as national publications such as University Affairs and National Post. He has worked on projects in Central America, the USA and Canada. Grant has long been interested in applying new technology to heritage-related challenges and research.