Digital preservation work will provide a foundation for the 21st-century preservation and restoration of the Lincoln Memorial. As a first step to this endeavor, Quinn Evans Architects has been tasked by the National Park Service to create a building information model (BIM) of the monument's existing conditions; work is currently underway. The development of the model form the first steps toward the architectural preservation of this important national landmark. High tech laser scanning surveys performed by CyArk, a non-profit organization, in 2013 are currently forming the basis of the BIM.
“We are fortunate not to have to start from scratch in this effort...When we received word that the memorial would be getting a much-needed update, we immediately called up...the data that was captured and archived three years prior.”
Mike Giller, Architectural Engineer and Project Manager, National Park Service
A donation by philanthropist David Rubenstein earlier this year is enabling the project maintenance and historic restoration of this national treasure. The Memorial is visited by nearly eight million visitors annually. QEA's completed 3-D model will, in turn, be developed into a public-ready version and posted to the web for visitors to experience the memorial virtually, expanding the visitor's educational experience.