Significant pieces of art, which are endangered by environmental influences and catastrophes, may be secured in their current state of conservation and made accessible for research around the world. Disastrous events such as:
- 2003 - Earthquake: numerous adobe buildings destroyed in Bam, Iran
- 2004 - Fire: 50,000 books of the Duchess Anna Amalia Library in Weimar, Germany gone.
- 2009 - Collapse: Historical Archive of Cologne. Germany, 90% of its documents buried.
- 2012 - War: Insurgents raid UNESCO World Heritage sites in Timbuktu, Mali.
- 2015 - Terrorism: Thousands of years old heritage assets in the museum of Mosul as well as further excavation sites in Syria destroyed.
can irrevocably destroy our fragile cultural heritage. Only when such disasters strike, does the plea for digitization of cultural heritage artifacts audibly increase. In case of the loss of an original, the image, form and context are still available for scientists and interested parties due to the photo-realistic 3D models. With the aid of such digital “3D conservation” objects remain available for subsequent generations.