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Masjid Wazir Khan Mosque
Current efforts to conserve the Wazir Khan Mosque include utilization of advanced technology to aid documentation, planning, and monitoring. Funded by USAID and in partnership with CyArk, the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) established a technology center with an initial goal to document six historic sites in Pakistan. Beginning at the Wazir Khan Mosque, CyArk staff trained LUMS students in techniques of field scanning, data processing, and 3D modeling. This gave students and conservators the opportunity to learn new technologies using real-world data while participating in the long-term conservation of the mosque. The resulting documentation precisely measures current conditions – the extent of the loss of frescos, cracking of walls, and tilting of minarets – providing a baseline against which changes in conditions can be monitored and plans for preservation or restoration can be made.