St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican now has a digital twin.
To monitor and preserve the landmark, which was completed in 1626 and includes works by artists such as Michelangelo and Bernini, Italian engineering company Italferr collected data using a variety of technologies, including drones, ground-penetrating radar and airships.
The company’s interdisciplinary approach, powered by Bentley’s iTwin software, integrated topography and laser scanning to create a high-accuracy 3D model of the basilica.
Both weather and man-made and natural disasters can irreparably damage architectural heritage. 3D mapping can help preserve important information to maintain and restore valuable landmarks around the world.