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.READ MORE: Woman Beaten To Death With Pipe Inside Old City Office Building, Police Say
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.READ MORE: Suspect Arrested After Holding Teen Girl Hostage During Barricade In Overbrook, Police Say
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.MORE NEWS: PennDOT Dealing With Twin Challenges As Latest Winter Storm Bears Down On Philadelphia Region