Brief report : July 2020

Progress of the Project as on June 2020

Digital Documentation of Heritage Monuments of the State using 3D Laser Scanning and Geo-spatial Technologies




Karnataka possesses a rich cultural heritage whose history goes back more than two millennia. It is a home to several heritage sites, forts and palaces and UNESCO has recognised 2 World Heritage sites at Hampi & Pattadakkal in the state. Further, several remnants of the various dynasties are scattered across the State such as The Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas, Kadambas, Deccan Sultanates, Vijayanagar Empire, Wodeyars of Mysore, Nayakas, Haidar Ali, Tipu Sultan. Conventionally history of culture and heritage has been studied from various sources such as inscriptions, writings, records, literature, art and architecture. A great deal of information has been unearthed about many archaeological and heritage sites using these traditional means, yet a lot more knowledge undoubtedly remains to be discovered. Modern technology has added other means through which cultural and heritage information can be captured digitally which can complement and supplement information gleaned from conventional sources. Application of 3D Laser scanning,  Remote Sensing and Geo-Spatial technologies are such modern methods used to capture details of cultural and heritage sites digitally to preserve, restore and reconstruct the glory of culture of heritage sites of the state.

The Karnataka State Council for Science & Technology (KSCST) has taken up the project entitled "Digital Geospatial Data Generation and Terrestrial Scanning For 3D Reconstruction of Heritage Site at Hampi"  under IDH-Hampi programme of Department of Science and Technology, Govt of India.  Under this programme KSCST has completed the 3D laser scanning of 80 world heritage monuments of Hampi and created digital Geo-spatial database on Hampi heritage site and generated  3D Point cloud data, 3D mesh data and Engineering drawings. The digital data would also be helpful for preserving and reconstructing the heritage site for improving the virtual tourism and to take up reconstruction/restoration activities by the custodians.

Further, in order to utilize the usage of existing infrastructure and trained manpower with experience gained during the execution of the project under IDH-Hampi programme, KSCST has taken up the project on Karnataka Digital Heritage to create digital data on all  heritage sites spread across all 30 districts of Karnataka state which comes under the jurisdiction of Department of Archeology, Museum & Heritage, Government of Karnataka.

The objective of the Karnataka Digital Heritage (KDH) Project is to extend the power of digital advanced technologies to capture, collect and create the database for preserving and sharing the database for future Preservation, Restoration and Reconstruction of Heritage sites and Monuments includes Palaces, Forts, Heritage Buildings, Inscriptions, Archaeological Sites, Temples, Mosques, Wells, Kalyani and Dargah coming under the purview of the Department of Archeology, Museums and Heritage(DAMH), Government of Karnataka.

As part of this programme KSCST has signed MOU/Agreement with DAMH, GOK to create digital documentation of 844 state-protected heritage monuments using Geo-spatial and 3D Laser Scanning technologies in a phased manner by covering the revenue division-wise heritage monuments located in all four divisions: Bengaluru, Mysuru, Belagavi and Kalaburagi division with the following objectives.


The objectives of the Karnataka Digital Heritage Project are as follows:

  • To Collect the data on Heritage sites and Monuments and capture the Geographical location of 844 protected monuments of DAMH, GOK using GPS

  • Geo-tagging of Photographs and Creation of the database on various parameters of all Heritage monuments using Geo-spatial technologies (GPS, GIS, RS)

  • To capture the Surface Geometric details of all these Heritage Monuments using 3D Laser Scanner for 3D Modeling 

  • Generation of 3D Point cloud data, 3D Mesh Models and CAD Engineering drawings of these monuments

  • Organization of Training programmes for Officials on utilization of Laser scanned data outputs for restoration and conservation of Heritage sites


For further details contact:

 Dr. U.T. Vijay

 Chief  Scientific Officer & Principal Investigator- KDH

Karnataka State Council for Science and Technology

Indian Institute of Science Campus, Bangalore - 560012



 Project Team :

  Rajashekhara G

   Abhishek S






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