Virtual Design Analysis Group is a division of NVentum, LLC.

This unique collaborative endeavor; to utilize the latest reality capture technology to document the artifacts, buildings and campus of History San Jose, provides opportunities for private sector, non-profits and institutions of higher education to work together to solve some of today's most pressing engineering issues. The protocol for retrofitting as-built historic facilities and the use of new technologies to preserve our most prized historic treasures are vital to the continued success and expanded influence of our museums.
This blog will document the challenges and successes of this ambitious, one of a kind project.

Saturday, August 20, 2011


Starting in the Fall 2011, NVentum, LLC. will begin the process of documenting History San Jose; it’s 14acre campus, it’s 30 facilities and all historical artifacts. A 3 Dimensional Model of History San Jose will be developed utilizing cutting edge laser technology. This 3D model will be used as a data base for the latest sustainable building technology, site survey data and historical preservation practices.

The project will be implemented in three (3) phases over a 24month period. The goal is to gather all possible data for the purpose of creating a state of the art, 3D BIM model for the museum.

The first phase of the project consists of surveying the 14 acre History San Jose property. The property will be divided into a grid and surveyed using total stations for maximum accuracy and efficiency.

The second phase of the project involves the reality capture of the museum’s property, including all historic buildings and objects. The property and each structure will be laser scanned for historic documentation, condition monitoring and preservation of the buildings.

Phase three of the project is the documentation of the museum’s artifacts. All 50,000 artifacts and objects will be laser scanned and documented for inclusion in the museum’s BIM Model. State of the art monitoring applications will be incorporated in the documentation process and added to the BIM Model.

Reality Capture and Today’s Museums
Modern techniques for archiving, conserving and preserving historical artifacts have changed dramatically over the past few years with the introduction of laser scanning technology. The ability to obtain accurate 3 dimensional scale model of a structure or artifact is an invaluable tool for documentation, condition monitoring and restorative planning.
The need and uses for 3D models is not restricted to historical artifacts and structures. The 3D model as a data base for today’s sustainable building technology is the next logical step in museum modernization. Today’s BIM systems coupled with virtual design platforms allow facility operators to monitor climate control and humidity levels, conduct real-time energy audits and acoustical simulations.  
The full scope of use of the 3D scanning technology in these industries is yet to be realized; new applications are discovered every day.
Virtual Museums
·         Representation of art pieces for multimedia presentations
·         3D scanning for virtual museums online or on-site
·         Facility/Space management
·         Exhibit construction and design

Conservation, Restoration and Digital Archiving
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·         Non contact 3D scanning of artworks, museum exhibits and existing buildings in order to create 3D files
·         3D files post-treatment
·         Reverse engineering/repairs based on remains
·         Reality Capture/Virtual restoration of artifacts
·         Asset Management

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·         On-site, non contact color 3D scanning of fossils/artifacts for reconstitution and reconstruction purposes
·         3D reproduction of archaeological/historical sites and artifacts.

·         Scale up/down of artwork and sculptures for mass production of detailed and accurate replicas and artifacts.
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·         Sponsorship/Sales opportunities for online or on-site exhibits.

·         2D Drawing
·         3D Modeling
·         Reverse engineering of existing buildings for machining purposes (ex.: scale models, reproduction)
·         Scale-ups/downs of architectural models
·         3D archiving of architectural models
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·         Restorations of existing buildings and artifacts according to original plans
·         Reality Capture/Building impairment assessment
·         Virtual Design Analysis for seismic/sustainable facility retrofit

Building Management/Operations
  Data base for BIM systems- Maintenance/Mechanical, HVAC, Security, Administration, Marketing, Facility/Material Logistics.

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