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Transformations Competition Winner

Art competition winner Bernadette Devilat, impressed the panel of judges to win the Gordon Street Art Competition. Her images will be installed shortly along a length of hoardings along Gordon Street.

Bernadette's image was a striking and detailed composition taken from some of her own images generated as part of her research PhD. Using 3D Laser Scanning to capture an area devastated by the 2005 earthquake in Chile, Bernadette visited San Lorenzo de Tarapacá and over a three day period captured the 3D data of that place combining laser measurements and photographs, to build a colour and accurate 3D point cloud of its current state in a short period of time. The same methodology was used by her to record two other historic areas affected by the 2010 earthquake in Chile in Zúñiga and Lolol.

Her beautiful computer generated images create a poignant reminder of the scale of devastation, but her research also focuses on the rebuilding effort and the need to capture and preserve heritage buildings. Read more about her Bartlett School of Architecture PhD research: 'Exploring Alternatives for Heritage Areas after Earthquakes in Chile' here and view the 3D animation fly-over below.

Re-construction and record: Exploring alternatives for heritage areas after earthquakes in Chile

Chile: earthquake zone map

Earthquakes have progressively destroyed Chilean-built heritage due to lack of maintenance and to the damage accumulated over the years, which makes the country particularly vulnerable to the effects of natural disasters. Heritage buildings have not only suffered earthquakes, but also inadequate reconstruction strategies. The social housing policies implemented for reconstruction are unable to cover whole historic areas and to improve the conditions of buildings in case of new seismic events. A good example is San Lorenzo de Tarapacá, a heritage village located in the north of Chile. Its buildings date back to the eighteenth century and have been built using vernacular construction techniques such as adobe and quincha. In June 2005, the area was affected by an earthquake of 7.9 on the Richter scale, and it is still possible to see damaged and ruined buildings today, despite the different reconstruction processes undertaken both privately and by the state.

View a short Commentary from Bernadette Devilat explaining her project work: Abstract: 3D Laser Scanning of Heritage Areas after Earthquakes: San Lorenzo de Tarapacá, Chile. Click to view http://www.opticon1826.com/articles/10.5334/opt.cc

Virtual Reconstruction: Video (09:05 min)