Date of Award

Fall 12-2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

William J. Chadwick, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Benjamin Ford, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Beverly Chiarulli, Ph.D.


This project first started as part of an internship when researching and recording structures at the Allegheny Portage Railroad Historic Site (ALPO) using a Leica Scan Station C10 to provide detailed digital records for the National Park Service (NPS). The Allegany Portage Railroad located in Cambria County, Pennsylvania is a National Historic Site and part of the Mainline Canal connecting Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. The use of 3D modeling is a new form of historic property documentation and this document helps illustrate how this technology can assist future archaeologists and historians. Through the 3D scans taken at the site, an opportunity was seen to apply the information gathered from the processed data to utilize it as a way to promote an interest in archaeology and historic preservation by sharing the imaginings on a virtual platform. The processed data taken from the scans were used as the basis for creating realistic reconstructions of the three structures at the historic site and placed them in a virtual landscape. This new material provides an additional resource of baseline information for others interested in the historical landmark by showcasing a bygone era through the virtual platform.