LOCALS were given a chance to look at some of Moonta Mines’ historical landmarks in a completely different way recently.

Contractor Nelson Surveyors spent a couple of days using laser survey technology to capture National Heritage listed areas including Richmans and Hughes Enginehouses.

The project is part of the National Trust SA’s major conservation and tourism development project at the Moonta Mines national heritage site.

Nelson Boquin and his team created the first 3D digital renderings of the mine areas and key buildings using the latest in laser survey and drone technology.

“It’s the first step in us moving forward with the conservation management plan,” National Trust of SA Moonta branch chairperson Stephen Stock said.

“We want to bring people along with us, so we will continue where we can, to hold sessions like this and let people see how it all works.

“It’s a good step as part of the big picture, these surveys will allow us to preserve and conserve these heritage areas.”

Mr Boquin said it took about a day to get one structure surveyed.

“When it’s done, they have got it for life,” he said.

“The data is stored on a worldwide database — it’s the same technology they used to scan the Notre Dame and what they’re using to rebuild it.”

From YP Country Times December 14 2021