Terrestrial Lidar Scanning to Document Historic Structures at Camp Tulelake

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Tule Lake Unit of the WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Division of Resource Management, Cultural Resources Program, Tulelake, California

The Tule Lake Unit of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument is documenting the current condition of three historic structures at the Camp Tulelake area of the monument using terrestrial lidar. The lidar data were acquired by Epic Scan LTD., Medford, Oregon, in cooperation with the Oregon Institute of Technology. During WWII, Camp Tulelake was converted from a former California Conservation Corps camp  to a high security Prisoner of War (POW) camp, first housing Italian POWs and then German POWs. The camp was also used at various times to house Japanese American strikebreakers and other prisoners from the nearby Tule Lake Segregation Center, a Japanese American confinement site during WWII. The monument is developing a General Management Plan to determine the future disposition and use of these structures.

To support management planning and the nomination process to the National Register of Historic Places, detailed drawings of the structure’s existing conditions are required. The three structures are in varying stages of deterioration, and high-resolution laser scan data were collected to create orthographic drawings and 3D visualizations of the three structures. Data collected from this project, along with the drawings, will be crucial for development of plans for stabilization and possible restoration of the structures.

Barn Interior

Barn interior elevation view showing surface coverings and extracted framing.

Mess Hall

Mess Hall exterior elevation view showing surface coverings and extracted building feature outlines.

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Jessica Middleton
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