Autodesk offers to help preserve Indian heritage sites

KOCHI: US headquartered Software company Autodesk, which has introduced a new software for digital heritage preservation, said it was keen to help India, which has one of the world's richest collections of World Heritage sites. 

"We are particularly interested in helping India, which has one of the world's richest collections of World Heritage sites, such as the Ajanta caves, the monuments at Sanchi, Taj Mahal, Red Fort and Himalayan Railways," Autodesk Senior Vice President, Amar Hanspal, told reporters here. 

The company has made a proposal to the Union government and was awaiting response, he said. 

Autodesk is in discussions with UNESCO to make a broader technology to support heritage conservation. 

Its new technology is helping conserve, preserve and educate on cultural heritage around the world. 

Giving examples, he said Autodesk was supporting the SmithsonianX 3D project which shows how 3D technologies will transform the work of the Smithsonian Institution and museum and research institutions worldwide. 

For the first time ever, state-of-the-art 3D scanning and image based modeling technology paired with new Smithsonian technolgy will enable museum collections, scientific spicemens and entire research sites to be digitally recorded and studied. 

After the Taliban bombed the Bamiyan buddhas, there was no known record of the Buddhas. Autodesk piloted a project to create a digital record. This included crowd sourcing tourists publicly posted online photos. 

"The future is a design challenge and Autodesk is known for technology that helps build the future. Today our reality capture tools can also help protect the past," Hanspal said. 

Autodesk, which is here to participate in the three day conference of INK, a physical and digital platform for sharing innovative ideas, showcased novel applications of its latest technology for reality capture. Autodesk ReCap is a family of software and services to create intelligent 3D data from captured photos and laser scans. Recap makes it easy to clean, organise and vusualise massive datasets captured from reality. 

The company also showcased several local examples of what is achievable with ReCap-- from a 3D capture of a small Krishna statue to a 3D capture of the enormous hammam at one of the oldest Mughal gardens in India.

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