Corbelled Houses of Karoo - Swaelkrans, South Africa

General Attributes
Project NameCorbelled Houses of Karoo - Swaelkrans
CountrySouth Africa
Spatial DataDownload (Links to all available data types will be emailed)
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Data Types

Data Type Size Device Name Device Type
LiDAR - Terrestrial0.77 GBLeica C10 , Z+F 5010C Time of Flight Scanner , Phase Based Laser Scanner
Site DescriptionThe historic corbelled houses in the Northern Cape, South Africa, are excellent examples of the ingenuity of the early pioneers who moved into the Karoo semi-desert landscape from about 1820 through to the end of the nineteenth century. They discovered that trees were sparse and set about building their dwellings using the only available material, stone. As there could be no wooden trusses to support the roof, they made use of an ancient method of construction known as corbelling. This technique was implemented by placing successive courses of flat stone, each one extending a little further inward than the layer beneath, until the walls almost met at the apex. The remaining hole over the roof could then be closed with a single slab.
Project DescriptionThe African Conservation Trust (ACT) in partnership with the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) and the Northern Cape Environmental Heritage Trust used 3D laser scanning technology to create permanent digital records of nine corbelled houses representing a range of styles and conditions. Data was collected with a Leica ScanStation C10 and a Z+F Imager 5010C. The corbelled houses project aimed to protect South Africa's threatened vernacular architecture and was part of the larger CyArk 500 Challenge. The scan data of the corbelled houses was used to assess damage to the structures.
Collection Date0000-00-00 to 0000-00-00
Publication Date2020-06-22
License TypeCC BY-NC-SA
CollectorsThe African Conservation Trust , University of KwaZulu-Natal
Site AuthorityN/A
2020: Corbelled Houses of Karoo - Swaelkrans - LiDAR - Terrestrial . Collected by The African Conservation Trust , University of KwaZulu-Natal . Distributed by Open Heritage 3D.

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