Combining a Virtual Learning Tool and Onsite Study Visits of Four Conservation Sites in Europe

Alain Chenaux, Dublin Institute of Technology
Maurice Murphy, Dublin Institute of Technology
Garrett Keenaghan, Dublin Institute of Technology
James Jenkins, Purdue University
Eugene McGovern, Dublin Institute of Technology
Sara Pavia, Trinty College Dublin

Document Type Conference Paper

XXIII CIPA Symposium 2011 and subsequently published in Geomatices FCE CTU.


The design and evaluation of virtual learning environments for construction and surveying students is presented in this paper; by combining virtual learning environment and on-site student surveys to model and replicate practice in the architectural heritage sector. The Virtual Learning Environment is enhanced with real live survey projects whereby students collect the data to build virtual historic buildings from onsite surveys using advanced survey equipment. The survey data is modelled in HBIM; Historic Building Information Modelling (HBIM) is currently being developed as a virtual learning tool for construction and surveying students in the Dublin Institute of Technology. HBIM, is a novel solution whereby interactive parametric objects representing architectural elements are constructed from historic data, these elements, including detail behind the scan surface are accurately mapped onto a laser or image based survey. The architectural elements are scripted using a Geometric Descriptive Language GDL. In the case of this project a Virtual Learning Environment is being developed which combines advanced recording and surveying with Building Information Modelling (BIM) to simulate and analyse existing buildings.