Dr Maurice Murphy PhD, MPhil, Member of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers, is a lecturer and researcher in building conservation and computer graphics in the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). With over 30 years’ experience in building surveying and conservation, he has led and participated in a number of EU programmes in the area of Digital Cultural Heritage.
Maurice will be at Digital Past 2016 talking about Historic Building Information Modelling (HBIM), a process which consists of surveying existing structures using remote sensing followed by the mapping of parametric and information rich objects onto a geometric framework based on the survey data. The parametric objects which represent the architectural elements are built using a geometric descriptive language and are based on historic architectural documents (architectural rules and shape grammars). In addition these rules and grammars are exploited to procedurally model parts of the structures to speed up and automate parts of the process. The resultant HBIM can then be used for automatically producing conservation documentation and analysis of historic structures in addition to visualisation.
The project to develop this prototype recording and documenting system will be explained through the case studies of work on the Four Courts and Henrietta Street in Dublin City. These historical, classical buildings will provide examples of how this project creates a system for the conservation, maintenance and management of historic properties.