About D.H.A.R.M.A.

Digital Historical Architectural Research and Material Analysis (D.H.A.R.M.A) is a research team founded in 2007 based at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture. The team, under the direction of Prof. Krupali Krusche, works on documenting historic monuments and World Heritage Sites around the world with the use of Leica 3D laser scanners. These high-speed, long-range scanners are ideal for projects that are difficult to document by traditional methods. The scanner provides researchers with the most field-efficient means of data collection. Recently the team has also used 3D scanning to study aging effects on historic buildings and reconstruction processes of buildings with historical value.

National Center for Preservation Technology and Training

Lecture by professors Krupali Krusche and Chris Sweet

Primary Technologies

DHARMA uses high speed, long-range Leica laser scanners to document historic monuments as 3D point clouds.

In cooperation with Academic Technologies, at the time under the direction of Paul Turner, DHARMA began to photograph sites using the Gigapan technology to generate extremely high resolution raster data, including panoramas.

The VisArray project team, under the leadership of Dr. Christopher Sweet, is exploring methods for combining these two primary technologies into a single interactive system for cataloging, analyzing and displaying both point and raster data at extremely high resolutions.

See our Technology page to learn more.