Vol. VII, No. 4

February, 1995

Gift to CSA for Total Station

CSA has been given an important new gift for matching. Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Shelton have donated $5,000 to CSA toward the purchase of a total station. The total station will be used in Pompeii for the continuing work in the forum, used in Bryn Mawr for CSA training sessions (planned for 1996), and rented to archaeologists who have need for such an instrument but for only a short time.

The instrument will also be used for developing software links between survey instruments and AutoCAD. CSA Director Harrison Eiteljorg, II, expects to develop routines to permit better use of survey data for archaeological purposes. At present, links to AutoCAD are very good for standard survey work but not for three-dimensional modeling. Survey data may be transferred directly to AutoCAD, but we have no good automated processes for transferring data for three-dimensional models of complex shapes such as archaeological trenches and architectural members.

Gil and Judy Shelton visited Pompeii last summer with Gil's grandson, Justin; they were able to see at first hand how a total station could be used and how useful passing data to AutoCAD could be. Their support for the purchase of a total station for CSA is very heartening, and we are extremely grateful. We hope that many of you will help to match this generous gift.

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