Susan Guibert and Kara Kelly | Sept. 4, 2013 | Notre Dame News
Considered one of the most celebrated meeting places in the world in all of history, the Roman Forum served for centuries as the epicenter of public and political life in ancient Rome. It was the site for political speeches, elections and processions; the venue for criminal trials, gladiator matches and commercial ventures. In short, the birthplace of Western civilization.
Thanks to sophisticated scanning technology — Digital Historical Architectural Research and Material Analysis (DHARMA) — a University of Notre Dame School of Architecture student research team led by Assistant Professor of Architecture Krupali Uplekar Krusche is able to document the Roman Forum and other World Heritage Sites with the use of a 3-D laser scanner that provides high-speed, long-range scanning for projects that are difficult to document by traditional methods.