CORBIN — If you drove past the Carnegie Center on Tuesday, you might have spotted a dozen or so white spheres on the property as well as some other high end gadgets. Representatives from a 3D laser scanning company were on site taking images for the center's feasibility study.

In early September, the Carnegie Center of Corbin, Inc. was awarded a $5,000 grant by the National Trust for Historic Preservation from Kentucky Board Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. As a requirement the grant must be matched one to one. A match was received from a former Corbin native interested in the project. These grant funds will be used for the Phase One architectural and engineering study.

Representatives from Ayoroa Simmons visited the Carnegie Center Tuesday and set up 3D laser scanning equipment as well as their drone to get images of the roof and the entire site.

Maurice Oakley Jr. in business development helped explain a little bit about what was going on in terms of 3D laser scanning.

“The technology that we use and have set up allows us not to have to come out and do the traditional method of measuring buildings,” Oakley said.

With 3D laser images Oakley said architects will be able to see the brick, mortar, divots, imperfections and details.

The drone images allow specific information for ceiling and roof plans.

“We cut about 75 percent of the time and effort it takes to measure a building and to do what’s called measure drawings or as-builts,” Oakley added. “The accuracy in this is within five-eighths of an inch.”

“It’s very new technology,” he said. “The algorithm to be able to do it is only about 10 years old. We’re one of the only people in Kentucky that are doing this.”

Once registered the images will be viewed on a large monitor computer.

"Organizations like the Carnegie Center of Corbin, Inc., help to ensure that communities and towns all across America retain their unique sense of place," said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. "We are honored to provide a grant to Carnegie Center of Corbin, Inc., which will use the funds to help preserve an important piece of our shared national heritage."

The Carnegie Center of Corbin, Inc., is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) entity with a mission to acquire and refurbish the Carnegie Library that sits at 402 Roy Kidd Avenue and turn the building into a community cultural center and a place to house a local history repository.

Grants from the National Trust Preservation Funds range from $2,500 to $5,000 and have provided over $15 million since 2003. These matching grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations and public agencies across the country to support wide-ranging activities including consultant services for rehabilitating buildings, technical assistance for tourism that promotes historic resources, and the development of materials for education and outreach campaigns.

For more information on National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Preservation Fund grants, visit: www.forum.savingplaces.org/funding

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a privately-funded nonprofit organization that works to save America’s historic places to enrich our future. The National Trust for Historic Preservation is committed to protecting America’s rich cultural legacy and helping build vibrant, sustainable communities that reflect our nation’s diversity.

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