CyArk documents the Ananda ok Kyaung Monastery in Bagan by CyArkCyArk
August 24, 2016
At around 5:00 PM on August, 24th a 6.8 magnitude earthquake damaged about 400 historical monuments in Bagan. Some of the damage was blamed on a variety of factors including low quality materials used to reconstruct parts of the site, lack of regular maintenance, and the new construction materials toppling and damaging the original structure. By contrast, monuments that did not feature newer construction only had minor damage.
Digital Documentation Workshop
Immediately following the earthquake CyArk and Carleton University sent a team to assist in the documentation of the damaged monuments and provide training in digital documentation methods. Working in collaboration with the Department of Archaeology of Myanamr and UNESCO, CyArk completed the documentation of nine monuments and consulted with site managers around data management and archiving.
UNESCO & DOA
The country responded to the earthquake by quickly sealing off the site and assessing the damage. The local population of Bagan rallied together to help clear rubble from the earthquake while supervisors worked to distinguish the modern construction from the ancient fragments. CyArk and Carleton aided UNESCO and local site authorities in documenting the damage done to the site.
Workers climb the Bamboo scaffolding built around the damaged temples in Bagan, Myanmar. by CyArkCyArk
Workers use bamboo scaffolding to conduct stabilization efforts on many of the monuments.
As CyArk had documented several of the monuments before the earthquake, a comparative analysis was completed to determine the extent and scope of damage.
Photorealistic 3D Model of a Temple in Bagan by CyArkCyArk
Photorealistic 3D Model of a Eim Ya Kyaung nga-myet hna Temple in Bagan, Myanmar
Digital Tools for Restoration
Sections were generated from the 3D models to plan restoration initiatives.
Open Heritage 3D (2019) by CyArkCyArk
Data from this project is now freely available through Open Heritage 3D.
Download the data from this project:
Ananda Oak Kyaung.
Eim Ya Kyaung (Pre Earthquake.
Eim Ya Kyaung (Post Earthquake.
Loka Oakshang Temple.
About Open Heritage 3D
The mission of the Open Heritage 3D project is to:
● Provide open access to 3D cultural heritage datasets for education, research and other
● Minimize the technical, financial and legal barriers for publishers of 3D heritage data.
● Promote discovery and re-use of datasets through standardized metadata and data formats.
● Foster community collaboration and knowledge sharing in the 3D cultural heritage community.
● Share best practices and methodologies for the capture, processing and storage of 3D cultural heritage data
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This project was made possible through the generous support of Google Cultural Institute and the following partners:
Myanmar Department of Archaeology
National Geographic Society