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One non-profit is taking building preservation to the digital world in preparation for the next big earthquake that might damage the Bay Area. Oakland-based CyArk uses laser scanning and digital modeling to "collect, archive and provide open access to data" on cultural heritage sites. Last spring they focused on all 21 missions along the historic El Camino Real, included our own Mission Dolores. In addition to laser scanning the building and cemetery, the group was able to capture images of the 1791 Ohlone-painted mural that was blocked behind a 200-year-old Mexican relief sculpture. Future projects could include 3D fly-through animation and mobile apps. Check out their website and prepare to get lost in 3D renderings all day long. [Atlantic Cities/Photo: CyArk]