WE ARE
LEADERS IN
APPLICATION
OF DIGITAL
TECHNOLOGIES

INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY

PaleoWest has remained at the forefront of technical innovation in cultural and heritage resources management by incorporating the latest innovations from the world’s industries.

Our highly skilled technical staff have produced client deliverables using virtual and augmented realities, photogrammetric renderings of archaeological
features, 3D models of artifacts sites and landscapes, 3D printed materials, and aerial mapping. Our teams employ a customized database system and carefully selected suite of applications that fieldworkers carry on smartphones and tablets.

Photographs, forms, and locational data are managed in central databases, where staff in the field and office can work together on data sets using applications with simple and intuitive user interfaces. The database instantly generates agency-specific forms and reporting documents for final delivery to our clients.

DELIVERABLES

  • AUGMENTED AND VIRTUAL REALITY
  • ENHANCED ARTIFACT ILLUSTRATION
  • 3D PRINTED FEATURES AND ARTIFACTS
  • 3D MODELS OF FEATURES, EXCAVATIONS, SITES, AND LANDSCAPES
  • AERIAL MAPPING – DIGITAL ELEVATION MODELS AND ORTHOPHOTOGRAPHY
  • ENHANCED FEATURE MAPPING – PHOTOGRAMMETRIC AUGMENTED MAPPING

WORKFLOW AND DATAFLOW

  • STREAMLINED SITE RECORDATION
  • REDUCED MAPPING TIME WITH INCREASED DETAIL AND ACCURACY

Technology in Action

PaleoWest utilizes a fleet of drones to collect data for site mapping to produce orthophotos, digital terrain models, and digital elevation models; build 3D models of buildings, objects, and structures; map landscapes and landforms; and take oblique photography, aerial videography, and infrared photography. Recent projects range in size from less than 5 acres to more than 500 acres and are both linear and rectangular.

3D MODELING

PaleoWest’s pioneering work in site, landscape, and object preservation through digital 3D modeling has proven invaluable in worldwide heritage preservation. Individual objects from project or museum collections can be quickly modeled for digital preservation, allowing later 3D replica printing. For sites under threat from looting or terrorist destruction, this provides a precise record for condition assessments and, if necessary, later reconstruction. PaleoWest has reached agreements with tribes to create 3D models of funerary offerings so they are digitally preserved for scientific use before they are repatriated and reburied under provisions of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.

AERIAL IMAGING

PaleoWest routinely incorporates low-altitude aerial mapping into its projects, as well as providing it as a stand-alone service. PaleoWest maintains a fleet of fixed-wing and multi-rotor unmanned aerial vehicles that can carry payloads to collect visible spectrum, near-infrared, and LIDAR data. This capability allows PaleoWest to produce survey-grade maps, elevation models, and 3D reconstructions of subject sites, features, and landscapes at a fraction of the cost of using traditional surveyors and pilots. PaleoWest was the first cultural resources firm to be issued a Section 333 Exemption by the Federal Aviation Administration.