By Brad Segall

ELKINS PARK, Pa. (CBS) — A Montgomery County forensic consulting company is using cutting-edge laser scanning technology to digitally preserve one of the most historic buildings in the Philadelphia area.

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DJS Associates is spending three days at Beth Sholom synagogue, inside and out, collecting data which will be used to create a three-dimensional animation model of the building.

The model can be used to restore the landmark to its original state if it starts to deteriorate or if it’s damaged by a natural disaster.

“We set up our laser scanners in various locations, and ultimately we knit those scans together and map photographs on top of them,” says Terry Myers, a senior field investigator for the Abington, Pa. company.

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(A laser scanner is set up near the bimah of Beth Sholom, in Elkins Park. Credit: Brad Segall)


DJS is also partnering with a CyArk, a California nonprofit dedicated to preserving cultural heritage sites around the world.

The 3-D blueprints for Beth Sholom will eventually be online, giving people the ability to take a virtual tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed synagogue.

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