Rochester Castle captured by drones to create digital model

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A detailed digital model for conservation work at Rochester Castle has been created from drone imagery.

Commercial ‘pilot’ Geoff Watkins flew his craft over the historic building as part of a partnership scheme with English Heritage and Medway Council.

The digital model of Rochester Castle. Pictures: ©Historic England Photo Library
The digital model of Rochester Castle. Pictures: ©Historic England Photo Library
The digital model of Rochester Castle. Pictures: ©Historic England Photo Library

The model will be used to monitor the castle’s deterioration and condition to help with maintenance planning.

Geoff said: “Drones are a lot more than taking photos. They are collecting data that can be used for different means.

“People do not see what is happening behind the scenes.

“People are very nervous about drones but in the right hands they are helping with conservation and other work. It is not all bad.”

Senior properties curator for English Heritage, Roy Porter, says the model can be used to zoom into every single stone at the near…

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