Vietnam’s Ministry of Tourism Sports and Culture is embarking on a massive project to digitally scan buildings and objects with a 3D laser scanner to create virtual models of all its historic and archaeological treasures.
Forty thousand relics to be digitized in five years
Thanh Nien News, 19 November 2010
Vietnamâ€™s failure to develop an effective preservation strategy has been largely attributed to a poor reservoir of background knowledge about each individual site.
For this reason, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism recently launched an effort to create a virtual exhibit of every one of Vietnamâ€™s 40,000 cultural relics.
The idea is to use a 3D laser scanner to create digital images of every part of the object or structure in question. The images are then assembled into a 3D model. All available information and research relating to the relics are joined with the virtual model to create an â€œexhibit.â€