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January 19, 2012

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A Diary of Work at Ani: Part VI

Posted by Bora Sayin (Solvo-Tek)
World Monuments Fund

In August 2011, the Istanbul-based documentation company Solvo-Tek, lead by Mr. Bora Sayin, completed phase 1 of work at the Church of the Savior. Work included documenting the structure and its site using digital photography, terrestrial laser scanning, GPS survey, and digital HDR panoramic photography. The team photographed and scanned the standing remains of the church and the fallen wall sections in-situ before their removal to an area adjacent to the church next spring. Panoramic photographs of the general area were also taken to put the site within the general context of the larger site and its relationship to other structures, such as the neighboring cathedral and the surrounding topography.

Sixth Day

We planned to make a sample close-range scan for possible use in the future. So we picked up our colleague from the airport who will be doing this job.

We wanted to continue our scan work from where we left yesterday. We set up all survey tripods, prisms, and scan targets and got ready to start. Meanwhile the heat increased extremely. In fact the scanner stopped working in the middle of a scan. While we left it to cool down, we thought we could do the close-range scanning. We setup the close-range scanner, but again surprisingly it stopped working as well. This was the first time it is happening to us, so we got little demoralized.

After waiting for a while we were able to make a scan with 5006i in the shade, however it gave the same error under the sunlight. So we decided to wait late afternoon to see if we could work with the close range scanner. Happily, we made the scans by then.