Date of Award

5-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Planning, Development, and Preservation

Committee Member

Dr. Carter Hudgins, Committee Chair

Committee Member

Amalia Leifeste

Committee Member

Dr. Brent Fortenberry

Abstract

Our capability to digitally recreate the past in the form of three dimensional modeling has exponentially grown in the past thirty years. This growth is both welcome and problematic to the heritage sector. How to utilize this technology in a sustainable manner has become a central discussion in topical literature, and identifying methods to produce historic resources that remain useful and accessible as technology evolves is becoming increasingly more important. This thesis explores existing digital heritage models to establish keys to crafting sustainable resources within the field. An in‐depth review of modeling software is presented with particular focus placed on the capabilities and applications of Revit, 3DS Max, SketchUp, and Rhino to heritage professionals. Utilizing SketchUp, this thesis lays the ground work for the digital reconstruction of Charleston, South Carolina in 1822, as a digital representation of the life of Denmark Vesey. Focusing specifically on two locations, each phase of construction is described and represented to allow it to serve as a point of reference to any heritage professional interested in creating their own sustainable digital resource. Focus on two sites pertinent to telling Vesey’s story also affords this thesis the opportunity to explore different methods of visually representing ambiguity within digital reconstructions.

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