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Documenting Scotland’s Historic Environment

Wednesday 29 May 2024

Multiple venues

Enthusiast, Professional
Quite technical

Building recording is an essential component of heritage management. The primary purpose of this is to establish an accurate record of a building as the starting point for key decisions around repair and maintenance. This accurate record, typically in 3D, allows evaluation or monitoring of a structure’s condition, establishing the need for interventions to repair, conserve, restore or maintain the fabric.

The three morning talks will introduce a range of 3D recording techniques, including survey methods and the latest innovations in digital documentation such as laser scanning and photogrammetry. We will explore the benefits of different techniques and the types of outputs these forms of 3D data capture produce, which can be used for conservation and maintenance projects.

A networking lunch will provide you with the opportunity to continue discussions and explore the Engine Shed. In the afternoon, one of the speakers will lead a hands-on demonstration of photogrammetry techniques for recording buildings. This will take place either inside or outside the Engine Shed, depending on weather.

Learning outcomes

You will:

  • be introduced to a range of digital documentation techniques suitable for the 3D survey of a traditional building or site
  • understand how data derived from digital documentation can inform conservation or repair projects and enhance the understanding of a building or site, through presentation of a range of case studies
  • learn how photogrammetric techniques are used to provide accurate records of a wide range of heritage materials, from small objects to large structures


  • Gordon Urquhart, Postgraduate Course Manager, Historic Environment Scotland
  • Dr Lyn Wilson, Digital Documentation Manager, Historic Environment Scotland
  • Charne Janse Van Rensburg, Digital Documentation Officer, Historic Environment Scotland
  • Al Rawlinson, Head of Digital Innovation and Learning, Historic Environment Scotland

Wednesday 29 May 2024


£75.00 - full day learning session (in person)
In person ticket includes lunch and refreshments, and a series of practical demonstrations of digital documentation equipment in the afternoon.

Refreshments will be provided on arrival and lunch will be catered. Please contact our events team with any special dietary requirements.



£45.00 - morning session (virtual attendance)
A virtual ticket to the morning learning session.


Engine Shed

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Dietary Requirements

  • Refreshments will be provided on arrival and lunch will be catered. Please contact our events team with any special dietary requirements.

Cancellation and Refunds

  • Visit Historic Environment Scotland's Consumer Terms Site for information on our cancellation and refund policy.