This project with the National Park Service and documented for PBS by South Carolina ETV, provides baseline data and produce 3D digital records of critically threatened Kosciusko’s Mine and other historic features at Ninety Six National Historic Site. Using three-dimensional terrestrial LiDAR equipment, advanced high-resolution photographic techniques along with carrier-phase RTK and mapping-grade GPS, we captured and documented the contextual terrain and site details of the tunnels and surrounding environs. Additionally, airborne LiDAR and high-resolution aerial imagery were used to examine the larger environment and with other data, assisted in documenting the present state of the site locale and provided valuable larger scale terrain modeling, visualization and information. Public interpretive media will be developed that can be installed in the park visitor’s center and can be used by the park and NPS for web site interpretation and visualization, enhancing, encouraging, and supplementing visitor experience. Examples include 3D Virtual Reality based tours, 3D prints of the underground and terrain features, and Augmented Reality applications for heritage interpretation.

3D Model of the Mines

This 3D model, created from TLS data captured at the site, shows a cut away of Kosciuszko’s Mine (tunnel system) and showcases the engineering and construction methods used.

Point Cloud Animation of the Mines

This visualization shows the collected terrestrial laser scan data for the segment 6, Revolutionary War era tunnel at the Ninety Six National Historic Site.

3D Model Animation of the Surface and Subsurface

The model animation shows a combination of the aerial collected terrain data and the terrestrially collected mine data to show the context of the mine and surface together.

South Carolina ETV Video

A video made by South Carolina ETV about the scan project at the historic site.
South Carolina ETV later made a 30 minute documentary about Kosciuszko Mine’s history and the work done at the site by the DHHC. The full documentary can be seen here on the South Carolina ETV Video Page.

Fox South Carolina TV Coverage

Southern Campaign National Park Sites

The National Park Service has 4 units dedicated to battles of the Revolutionary War: Cowpens National Battlefield, Ninety Six National Historic Site, and Kings Mountain National Military Park are indiviual parks, the Overmountain Victory Trail is a series of trails and driving routes that cover four states.