A series of strategic initiatives have been taken under the Smart City program to help accelerate the digital transformation of Rajasthan. Recently, Government of Rajasthan announced that seven of state’s historical monuments will be provided with digital security to aid the digital transformation of Rajasthan.
A digitized state aims to drive GDP growth, create jobs and foster innovation, enhance research and education, stimulate entrepreneurship, accelerate business innovation, develop economic cluster initiatives, and support infrastructure. With this project, the government has started digital preservation of the heritage monuments and tourist attraction spots. This one-of-its-kind project is expected to create job opportunities for architects, technicians and skilled workforce from around the country. Physical preservation doesn’t guarantee complete security, whereas, with digitization, we can safeguard against forewarned natural calamities and preserve these tourists spots in a far better way.
About The Project
This project is technically supported by Department of Information Technology & Communication (DoIT&C) and Autodesk Inc. They aim to recreate heritage structures through the LiDAR scanning technology using 3D with special cameras fixed on drones.It is a progress towards achieving the dream of creating a 3D city. This backed with initiatives like Rajdhaara—created with an aim to establish an effective and integrated GIS Infrastructure of the State to enable good governance, sustainable development and citizen empowerment and to maintain a state-wide standardized GIS Assets, 3D city not a far away dream.
Objective Behind the Project:
- Preserve history: If a natural disaster were to happen, the information can be used to restore the damaged historical monument to its true state.
- Architectural studies: The data and videos of historical structures, now a click away, will help Architecture students, frequenting Rajasthan from home and abroad, with their projects.
- Heritage studies: The project will help students and citizens across the globe to understand the rich heritage of Rajasthan and spread awareness.
- Boost tourism: 3D videos of monuments would arouse curiosity and lure more tourists to Rajasthan.
Seven Monuments To Get Digital Protection
Seven monuments including Albert Hall Museum, Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal, Udaipur City Palace, Jaipur City Palace, the seven gates of the Walled City in Jaipur, Amber Fort and Kumbhalgarh Fort have been taken under consideration for this project. 3D models for the former five have been fabricated by Autodesk, while that of Amber Fort is still under construction and the Kumbhalgarh Fort is next in the queue.
“Nearly 25 historical monuments will be covered under the project. Over a hundred other places of importance will also be digitized with the town planning and disaster management perspective,” said Tatjana Dzambazova, senior product manager, Emerging Technologies, Autodesk. The 3D walk-through videos will help tourists experience the old world with just a click and the digitization will aid in preserving history and safe guarding monuments against damage. In case of natural calamity, this information will come in handy to restore damaged monuments to its true state.