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Documentation Technology Workshop

Point Reyes National Seashore, CA

February 8-9, 2017


APT Documentation Technologies & Vanishing Treasures Workshop

Date: February 8 - 9, 2017 at the Point Reyes National Seashore

APT is partnering with the National Park Service Vanishing Treasures Program to bring the Documentation Technologies Workshop to the picturesque and historic Point Reyes National Seashore just north of San Francisco in California!

Topics and presenters will include:

Documentation history and laser scanning topics - Chris Gray, FRICS, Mollenhauer Group, Los Angeles, CA & Co-Chair of the APT Technical Committee on Documentation

A client's perspective for documentation strategies at the Washington National Cathedral - James W. Shepherd, AIA, LEED AP, Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC & Co-Chair of the APT Technical Committee on Documentation

Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) methods, including surface hardness measurements wood resistograph measurements, metal detection, pulse velocity methods, microwave radar, as well as borescope and videoscope - Michael Schuller, PE, Atkinson-Noland & Associates, Boulder, CO & FAPT and former APT Executive Committee Member

Portable XRF Technology - Natalie Feinberg Lopez, Built Environment Evolution, Boulder, CO & APT Board Member/Co-Chair Chapters Committee

An "architect's toolbox" of project management technologies & tablet-based app's - Brandon Friske, Quinn Evans Architects

Photogrammetry and gigapan and digital photography - Alan White, GBGeotechnics USA Inc., Los Angeles, CA & Western Chapter APT Board Member

HABS/HAER/HALS photography and documentation - Stephen Schafer, Schaf Photography, Ventura, CA & Western Chapter APT Board Member

Hygrothermal evaluation methods - Christopher Decareau, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, San Francisco, CA



In In rehabilitating important existing structures, it is crucial to begin by fully and accurately gathering data on geometry and current conditions. Documentation data form the platform for condition analysis and the basis for engineers and architects to develop designs, from the planning phase through implementation during construction.

Through a combination of presentations, demonstrations, and panel discussions, participants in this workshop will learn about the latest technologies for obtaining the information and data critical for project planning, analysis, and diagnostics. Participants will also learn how to assemble an effective data gathering strategy to fit differing project needs.

AIA credits will be available! We are applying for HSW credits so stay tuned!

Originating at the Quebec APT Conference in 2014, this workshop has been formatted for travel in order to be hosted by local chapters across the country. Now, the APT Western Chapter has the unique circumstance to host the workshop at an amazing National Park with special access to the site as well as the NPS staff's expertise. Presenters are traveling from around the country and the local regional chapter to provide an exceptional workshop focused on documentation technologies from Measured Building Survey (MBS) and NDE tools to photogrammetry and HABS/HAER documentation.


Point Reyes National Seashore

Headquarters and Lifeboat Station

Point Reyes Station, CA

Nearest hotel lodging is Tomales Bay Resort.

Several other inns and B&B's are nearby as well.


Wednesday February 8 & Thursday February 9 in 2017!

The 2-day workshop will include classroom presentations, field demonstrations at the Lifeboat Station, tours and discussions. 

Registration at the APTI website link here:

Join APT and the National Park Service Vanishing Treasures Program for the Documentation Technologies Workshop at Point Reyes National Seashore just north of San Francisco in California!

APT Member/NPS Staff - $295
Non-member - $345


 Save the Date 

Mesa to Mountain:
Preservation in the American West
March 23-25, 2017
Salt Lake City, Utah
The Rocky Mountain Chapter of APT is hosting a 2-day symposium titled "Mesa to Mountain: Preservation in the American West" in cooperation with the Northwest Chapter of APT, WCAPT and APT International. The symposium will include paper sessions, tours, and a keynote address! Paper sessions focused on three tracks focusing on Seismic Retrofit of Historic Buildings, Materials and Construction Techniques, and Cultural Resource Management.

Click FLYER for more information!


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Monadnock Building
          Rehabilitation Lecture & Tour
Tuesday, December 13, 2016

130 Sutter Street San Francisco

WCAPT in collaboration with the AIA San Francisco Historic Resources Committee sponsored a presentation and tour of the recently rehabilitated Monadnock Building located at 685 Market Street in San Francisco. This 10-storey structure with ground floor commercial space and offices above was originally constructed in 1906, substantially renovated in the 1980's and recently underwent an exterior rehabilitation including repair to its decorative terra cotta and the installation of a new storefront.




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 PARTNER EVENT: AIA Central Valley
       Weekend Preservation Events
            October 20th -23rd, 2016



Sacramento area members can enjoy all or any of the Central Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Architects Experience Architecture Weekend. Specific preservation oriented events include the remounting of the 40th Anniversary of Preservation in Sacramento Exhibit at the AIA CV headquarters, including a hosted Dessert Reception Friday October 21st.  Local historian William Burg will be conducting a Walking Tour of historic downtown Sacramento on Sunday October 23rd at noon, beginning at the AIA CV headquarters at 1400 S Street. Early registration is advised, and available at the Experience Architecture website!


Experience Architecture Events   Exhibit Flyer   Walking Tour Flyer



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Weathering of Fiberglass
      Facsimiles Lecture
September 28, 2016 at 6:30-8:00pm
  SGH Los Angeles Office 
1055 W. 7th Street, Suite 2500, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Join WCAPT in collaboration with the AIA Los Angeles Chapter Historic Resources Committee in a lecture "I TOLD YOU SO: 50 Years' study of the weathering of fiberglass facsimiles used in historic preservation" by John Fidler, President of John Fidler Preservation Technology Inc. 
FREE for WCAPT members!
$10 general admission.
1.0 LUs provided by AIA LA HRC
Click on flyer below for more information.
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Masonry Repair &
Restoration Workshop

September 16, 2016
  Stanford University   
WCAPT offered a full day workshop hosted by Stanford University on sandstone repair and restoration projects completed throughout campus. Members learned about the various stages of work involved from planning, to conducting a conditions assessment, to the importance of drawings and technical specifications, mock-ups, and working closely with the masonry contractor to ensure a successful project outcome. The event included insightful  presentations, a walking tour, and a hands-on workshop for stone restoration and sculpting.

Speakers were from 
Stanford University's Campus Planning & Design Office, ARG Conservation Services, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, and Stonescuplt.


The Western Chapter of the Association for Preservation Technology (WCAPT) is a not-for-profit educational association promoting the exchange of ideas and knowledge concerning the conservation of historic resources and the application of preservation technology.
This Chapter of the APTI is intended to serve the needs of interested persons in the Western United States, including but not limited to, California, Nevada, and Arizona.
Our Mission
Promoting the study, conservation and rehabilitation of cultural resources through technology.

 Membership Renewal


Please renew today to help us support our mission.

WCAPT continues to present best practices to the practicing preservation professional, encourage student involvement and integration into the professions, employ the latest internet and social media tools to maintain communications, bring craftspeople and designers together to share our knowledge, and expand our service to the western region we represent.

PayPal is our payment provider. PayPal accepts credit card payments without a PayPal account at their secure website. If you want to pay by check, please mail the check to Mark Huck, WCAPT Membership, 1430 T Street, Sacramento CA 95811 and it will be processed promptly. You will receive an email confirmation of membership.


APTI members are discounted 33%! Join at the APTI Discount membership level or edit your member profile by selecting the APTI Discount level from the drop-down menu.


Memberships are automatically prorated throughout the membership calendar year so there is no penalty for joining between renewal periods.


Sponsor level membership admits three representatives of the organization or firm as members, while Patron level membership admits six representatives as members.


Click on the "Membership" tab at the top of the page to select an individual , student or corporate membership.


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Past WCAPT Events!


2015 was filled with several exciting events including venturing inside landmark buildings during construction that have not been open to the public in decades! WCAPT members learned about cutting edge seismic upgrade technologies and various approaches to meet current life safety and accessibility codes all while balancing the need to preserve our cultural heritage on tours. Our events have also raised awareness of a range of materials from adobe construction with rendered plasters to learning about terra cotta manufacturing, as well as hands-on techniques used in art glass and wall paper conservation.


These past 12 events in 2015 are examples of the

multitude of events to come this year.



Scroll down past Current Events.



 Highlights from 2015:






About APTI

The Association for Preservation Technology International (APT) is a cross - disciplinary, membership organization dedicated to promoting the best technology for conserving historic structures and their settings. Membership in APT provides exceptional opportunities for networking and the exchange of ideas. APT members, who hail from more than 30 countries, include preservationists, architects, engineers, conservators, consultants, contractors, craftspersons, curators, developers, educators, historians, landscape architects, students, technicians, and other persons directly involved in the application of methods and materials to maintain, conserve, and protect historic structures and sites for future use and appreciation. The international, interdisciplinary character of APT - with its outstanding publications, conferences, training courses, awards, student scholarships, regional chapters, and technical committees - makes it the premier worldwide network for anyone involved in the field of historic preservation.


To help promote APTI when giving presentations, APTI has developed some informational PowerPoint slides to add to your PowerPoint presentation. Download the PowerPoint images and a suggested script below.








Registration Open! 


WCAPT Annual Meeting
Friday, February 24th 2017  
The Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA 

Join WCAPT their 2017 Annual Meeting to be held at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. Event includes a special opportunity to visit GCI laboratories and hear about work by Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) Science, followed by presentations on two GCI Buildings and Sites programs - the Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative (CMAI) and the Earthen Architecture Initiative (EAI). The event will conclude with a wine and cheese social. This event is in collaboration with the GCI.


For more details, visit the 2017 Annual Meeting page HERE.

Registration (including the GCI lab tour) is FULL. If you are interested in a ticket with access to the lectures, meeting, and wine and cheese social, please place yourself on the Waitlist. We will contact individuals on a first-come first-served basis with a registration code. This secondary registration is also limited to 10 people.

REGISTRATION for this event is FULL

Registration closed on Friday, February 10, 2017 at 5:00 PM. 






Broadway Trade Center Hardhat Tour Photos. AUG 24, 2016

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  • The Spectra window rehab workshop area.
  • View from the roof of the Broadway Trade Center.
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Updated Seismic Retrofit Preservation Brief


The National Park Service has released an update of Preservation Brief #41 on Seismic Retrofit of historic buildings. The revised Brief contains expanded and updated information covering new technologies such as fiber wrap, as well as expanded graphic representations illustrating general issues and needs associated with the seismic rehabilitation of historic buildings. 

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Learn more about WCAPT's first Arizona event!
WCAPT members and friends came together for an amazing weekend in Scottsdale for our very first Arizona event! We had attendees from California, Arizona, and as far away as Maryland.
Group photo in front of the David & Gladys Wright House

Pre-Meeting Tour of Arcosanti
David & Gladys Wright House
Cosanti Foundation

Taliesin West ~ exclusive tour by fellow board member Fred Prozillo, the Director of Preservation at Taliesin West.
Attendees earned 5 AIA LU/HSW learning credits at this event!


WCAPT Student Scholar Daniel Olvera made a brief presentation during the meeting. Click here to learn more.

Thank you to all of our event sponsors!


Elite (Reception) Sponsor - $1,000


Transportation Sponsor - $750 



Event Sponsors - $500  



Event Supporters - $300   






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