The National Park Service’s National Center for Preservation Technology and Technology (NCPTT) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Preservation Technology and Training Grants. This year, twelve grants totaling $427,000 have been awarded. These grants provide funding for innovative research, training, and publications that develop new technologies or adapt existing technologies to preserve cultural resources.

Infrared camera being used to measure energy loss through doors and windows.

Infrared camera being used to measure energy loss through doors and windows.

Grant recipients like Pennsylvania State University will study energy and indoor environmental quality to help building owners better understand how these measures are impacted by the replacement of windows, the addition of wall insulation, and the addition or upgrading of mechanical systems. Research on new surveillance systems by the State University of New York will help better protect archeological sites from looting or vandalism.

The Center received 62 complete applications, which underwent peer review and a national panel review, leading to the selection of the following twelve awardees:

California Department of Parks and Recreation, Sacramento, California
Development of a Mobile Computer Application for Recording and Submittal of Historical Resources Data, $40,000

Mesilla Valley Preservation, Inc., Mesilla, New Mexico
Field Kit and Methodology for Detecting, Measuring, and Remediating Salt Attack (Salt Weathering) in Adobe and Earthen Structures, $25,000

North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota
Multi-functional High Performance “Green” Nanocomposite Coating for Metals, $38,000

The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
Probabilistic Modeling of Energy Use and Air Quality in Historic Buildings, $40,000

Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
Enhancing Historic Landscape Visualization, $40,000

The Research Foundation of the State University of New York, Syracuse, New York
Novel Electronic Technology for Real-time Detection of Trespass at Archeological Sites, $39,000

University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon
A Preliminary Manual of Policy and Management Responses to Climate Change Impacts on Cultural Landscapes, Phase 2, $39,500

University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas
Using Eularian Video Magnification to Study the Effect of Fluctuations in Relative Humidity on Cultural Heritage Materials, $30,500

Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
Rapid-Deployment Geophysical Reconnaissance Team for the Assessment of Threatened Cultural Resources in the American Arctic – Yukon Charley Rivers National Preserve, Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, Barrow at the Birnirk National Historic Landmark, $39,500

Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho
Digital 3D Preservation and Documentation for Historic Cultural Landscape and Museum Collections, Grand Teton National Park, $39,000

National Park Service, Southern Arizona Office (Vanishing Treasures), Phoenix, Arizona
A Quantitative Assessment of Architectural Material Losses using Terrestrial Laser Scanning, $16,500

National Park Service, Southeast Archeological Center, Tallahassee, Florida
Revisiting Acryloid B-72/Paraloid B-72 and Barrier Numbering: Solutions for Archaeological Museum Collections, $40,000