Metropolitan Cathedral After The Earthquake

How CyArk created a 3D model to help restore the building's ornate architecture

By CyArk

Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral Facade by CyArkCyArk

Built on top of the capital of the Aztec empire, Tenochtitlan, the design of Mexico City’s Metropolitan Cathedral was influenced by a mix of the indigenous and colonial history of the area.

Mexico Cathedral scan belltowerCyArk

On September 19, 2017, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit Mexico City and damaged the cathedral and its iconic bell towers.

Metropolitan Cathedral organCyArk

To help assess the damage, the site managers asked for help to digitally document the site.

Mexico cupola workCyArk

The entire monument was mapped with laser scanning.

Mexico City Control networkCyArk

In total, over 600 scans were taken to capture every little detail.

Mexico City's Metropolitan Cathedral (2018) by CyArkCyArk

Drones were used to document the interior of the cathedral.

Mexico Retablo droneCyArk

The drones recorded the ornate design of the Retablo de los Reyes, a golden altar built in the 1700s in the Churrigueresque style.

Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral Drone PhotoCyArk

Drones were also used to document the red brick arching roofs of the cathedral buildings. 

Mexico City cathedral 3D modelCyArk

The laser scan data and images from drones were combined together to create a high resolution 3D model that could be used to develop a restoration plan. 

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