Program or Course




Academic Level at Time of Creation



Bachelor of Integrated Studies in Applied Science with an Area in Computer Science


History and Geographic Information Sciences

Date of Creation

Fall 11-1-2018


Through the utilization of Light Detection and Ranging data, one can compile 3-dimensional models that can be used to spot anomalies of historical interest. These anomalies, if recognizable by the trained eye, can then be used to geo-reference historic maps to gain a better understanding of historic sites as well as to reveal possible areas of interests or unknown features.

By using a 3-dimensional model compiled by LiDAR data, I was able to geo-reference a December 13th, 1861 map of the Civil War defenses for the town of Smithland, Kentucky. Through this process, I have been able to reveal more information about the actual site, Fort Star, as well as identify the location of a secondary site, Fort Smith, that was situated in the middle of the town.

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