TAMUK Students Digitizing Info from Historical District Surveys

After months of surveying homes and buildings in Kingsville's historical district, some Texas A&M University-Kingsville students are digitizing that information with state of the art software.

On Wednesday, the student project manager of the Downtown Historical Project gave a presentation to explain their work. He said it began last fall when students went block-by-block surveying each house and building individually, taking photos and documenting the architectural style and description of the structure.

That info will now be integrated with state of the art software.

"Students were able to use these technologies to be able to visualize the historical district; whereas, with a database, all you're looking at is numbers, right. An address," said Dr. Brent Hedquist, assistant professor of geography. "But with a computer mapping software, you can actually visualize a lot better and you can see things you wouldn't normally see."

Before this latest round, the last time Kingsville's historical district was surveyed was 1992.


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