About the ArClab
The Architectural Conservation Laboratory (ArClab) is part of the Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore. With a focus on developing innovative techniques to advance the documentation and conservation of the historic fabric, creative design, and policy research for broader conservation issues, the ArClab enables cutting edge cross-disciplinary research and collaboration across the fields of digital conservation technology, material sciences, and building aesthetics.
Located in a conserved building at Neil Road, the ArClab provides students and faculty members with a broad range of equipment. This includes FARO Freestyle2 handheld 3D scanner, FARO S350+ 3D scanner, Advanced data processing software, DJI Mavic 3 drone, Ultimaker S5 3D printer, Spectrophotometer for analyzing durability of materials, and Matterport Pro2 camera. Furthermore, working at the ArClab means having access to an extensive range of analytical equipment and expertise available at NUS. With connections to other research partners such as the Centre for Additive Manufacturing (AM.NUS), Center for 5G Digital Building Technology, and Smart Materials Laboratory, the ArClab conducts holistic research and training related to the building survey and recording process, in-depth analysis, and critical assessment of building materials and systems of all types.
At the ArClab
Research & Practice
Research, Documentation, and Restoration of Singapore's Built Heritage through 3D Modelling
Funded by the Ministry of Singapore's Academic Research Fund (AcRF) Tier 1 Grant (October 2021 to March 2023), Dr Nikhil Joshi is leading the research in the Architectural Conservation Laboratory (ArClab), which investigates the use of advanced 3D and nanotechnologies for the conservation of historic structures.
Hands-on Experience at the ArClab
ArClab strives to go beyond helping students and the public expand their understanding of conservation work. It seeks to build Singapore and the region’s capabilities in managing and conserving cultural heritage. This involves the introduction of short, advanced courses for heritage-management professionals based on the UNESCO Competence Framework for Cultural Heritage Management within the ArClab.