Advanced Imaging


Advanced Imaging Magazine

Updated: January 12th, 2011 09:49 AM CDT

A Monumental Task

An imaging project is designed to help save the iconic Mount Rushmore from the effects of weather, physical erosion and more
The classical view of Mount Rushmore. Carving of the monument by Gutzon Borglum began in 1927 and was completed in 1941. Although jurisdiction over Mount Rushmore was ceded to the Department of the Interior's National Park Service in 1933, nearly 50 years passed before general acknowledgment of the necessity for preservative action.
Amy Bracewell, National Park Service
A Technical Ropes Team works with a custom-made tripod to acquire detail of the Roosevelt sculpture’s eyes.
© National Park Service; photo by the Kacyra Family Foundation/CyArk (Oakland, Calif.
By scanning the faces millions of data points are collected to create a highly accurate digital record of the monument.
© National Park Service; photo by the Kacyra Family Foundation/CyArk (Oakland, Calif
Separate laser scans are combined to generate a rendering of the Jefferson sculpture.

By Lee J. Nelson
Contributing Editor

Contributing Editor and industry analyst, Lee J. Nelson, is at the forefront of emerging as well as evolving technologies for compute-intensive imaging applications. Contact him at: 1-703-893-0744, or

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