A Roman Catholic cemetery in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania has been undergoing intense scrutiny from landscape specialists using sophisticated probes and devices in the first survey of its kind in an area Catholic cemetery. Like a patient having a computed tomography scan, the Allison Hill cemetery is being analyzed inside and out by officials of the Historic American Landscapes Survey, National Park Service of Washington, D.C., and Land Logistics Group of Camp Hill.
Sally B. Holbert, Land Logistics landscape architect and principal, said that the goal of the cooperative project is to develop a digital inventory of the cemetery.
The study, being done at no charge to the city or the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, involves workers using a large laser scanner to map out a grid to produce a detailed layout of the cemetery and a global positioning unit on a stick to pinpoint satellite signals for a point of reference. Data, at first produced in dot form, will be translated into detailed renditions of each grave in the cemetery and the entire cemetery.
Holbert said that when the study is complete, cemetery officials will have information to better manage the cemetery, help people doing genealogy research and encourage use of the cemetery for recreation.
You can read more about this interesting technology in an article by Mary Klaus of the Patriot-News at http://goo.gl/99f0r.
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