Research

Research

The Center for Heritage Conservation uses the expertise of cross-disciplinary teams of faculty and students to explore innovative approaches to preservation issues, and to propose solutions to the technical, philosophical, and practical needs of government agencies, communities, and private owners.

These activities include formal research contracts, graduate dissertation and thesis research, professional studies, and classroom and studio projects.

The Center and its associated Fellows receive private and public grants and national funding to support services to historic and cultural resources.

A complete list of the projects from Center for Heritage Conservation is available along with links to specific sites for detailed project information. The project pages continue to be updated as we welcome sharing our information with professional, students, and the public.

 

2014 Generative and Comparative Volumetric Records for Erosion at the Alamo 

In Febraury 2014, Dr. Samer Al-Ratrout, Vice Dean of the School of Architecture and Built Environment at German Jordanian University of Jordan was awarded a Fulbright Alumni Development Grant to pursue short-term professional development activity in the United States. Dr. Al-Ratrout grant was funded by the United States Department of State. Under the auspices of the Fulbright Program, Dr. Al-Ratrout performed with the supervision of CHC Director, Prof. Robert Warden, an ongoing collaborative study on the project “Heritage Survey and Educational Product Development at the Alamo”.

  

2013 Employing Structured Light for Three Dimensional Heritage Recording  

In September 2013, Dr. Samer Al-Ratrout, a Visiting Scholar from Jordan, the Vice Dean of the School of Architecture and Built Environment at German Jordanian University of Jordan, and a TAMU 2005 Graduate of PhD in Architecture, performed a pilot investigation at CHC.

Dr. Al-Ratrout investigated the potentials of employing structured light projections to produce Optical Moire Interferometry Phenomena. This promising study will support developing low cost techniques to be utilized for three dimensional heritage recording.  The projections of structured light and Optical Moire phenomena was tested to remotely offer topographic light lines loaded with depth and relief deformation data. As the traditional "profiler comp", projected light lines can be loaded with the surface relief information. Within controlled arrangements, the light patterns projected on an element surface can hold a three dimensional information of the element surface. By registering these loaded light patterns, the three dimensional data can be reloaded and extracted remotely without compromising the fragility of some heritage elements against sticking targets on its surfaces.  

Based on this pilot research, an intended future extended research is to be developed jointly by CHC and Dr Al-Ratrout. The result of this research effort is expected to introduce more flexible and appropriate low cost method to be used to offer onsite indications of relief formation of heritage elements. 

 

Projects

The Alamo San Antonio, Texas 2010, 2012-ongoing
Maya Research Program Belize, Central America 2008-ongoing
Alcatraz Island San Francisco, California 2011-ongoing
Riverside Campus Master Plan College Station, Texas 2010-2013
Crawford Smith Ranch Big Bend Ranch State Park, Texas 2011-2012
La Belle College Station, Texas 2011
San Miguel de Allende San Miguel de Allende, Mexico 2011
Temple Freda Bryan, Texas 2010
The Hillel Foundation College Station, Texas 2010
Kingsville High School Kingsville, Texas 2010
Buescher Recreation Hall Bastrop County, Texas 2010
Bastrop Cabin Bastrop County, Texas 2010
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church Bryan, Texas 2010
Raiford L. Stripling Collection College Station, Texas 2010
San Ygnacio Project San Ygnacio, Texas 2009
Sharrock-Niblo Farmstead Dallas, Texas 2007
Pointe du Hoc Normandy, France 2007
Preservation Plan Hearne, Texas 2006
Will Rogers Memorial Complex Fort Worth, Texas 2005
Montezuma Castle Camp Verde, Arizona 2004
The Cistercian Abbey of Valmagne South Central France 2004
Campus Remembered College Station, Texas 2003
Mrs. Sam Houston House Independence, Texas 2003
Fort Pulaski National Monument Savannah, Georgia 2003
Valentine Hoch House Hochheim, Texas 2001
Pueblitos of Dinetah Rio Arriba County, New Mexico 1999
Marshall-Booker House Independence, Texas 1998
Seward Plantation Independence, Texas 1997
New Plymouth Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas 1997
The Polasek House Caldwell, Texas 1996
Union Trading Company Fort Davis, Texas 1996
B.B. Goodrich House Anderson, Texas 1995
Alpine (Tunnel) Station Southern Pacific Line, Colorado 1995
Harris-Martin House Anderson, Texas 1995
No. 62 Dallas Street Jefferson, Texas 1994
Indian Creek Pueblitos McKinley County, New Mexico 1994
Rowell-Deware Dependency Jefferson, Texas 1994
Willow Street Sanitation Complex Houston, Texas 1993
Section House Boreas Pass, Colorado 1993
The Moore House Richmond, Texas 1992
The Coulter Property Bryan, Texas 1991
Giddings-Wilkin House Brenham, Texas 1990
Von Roeder-Kleberg House Cat Springs, Texas 1990
Grimes County Courthouse Anderson, Texas 1989
Fort Davis National Historic Site Fort Davis, Texas 1988
Gay-MacGregor Log House Peach Creek, Texas 1986
Harrington-Upham House Millican, Texas 1986
Hammond House Calvert, Texas 1985
Cavitt House Bryan, Texas 1984
Schmid Bros. Building Brenham, Texas 1983
Temple Freda Bryan, Texas 1982
100 Railroad Avenue Navasota, Texas 1981
Cavitt House and Log Cabin Wheelock, Texas 1981
Hearne Library Hearne, Texas 1979
Hearne Rail Road Depot Hearne, Texas 1979
Gibson Gin Office and Weigh Station Calvert, Texas 1979
610 Main Street Calvert, Texas 1978
Main Street Calvert, Texas 1977
The Church of the Epiphany Calvert, Texas 1976