Eight people standing around a monolith in the Peruvian forest

The company’s marketing manager prepares his August trip to Peru with Peruvian archeologist to collect scan data

Jason Kleinhenz, the Exact Metrology marketing manager and a degreed engineer, is getting ready to visit Peru from August 5 to August 19. He will be assisting archeologist and teacher, Daniel Fernandez-Davila and a group of 12. Kleinhenz wants to collect scan data with the Artec scanners (sponsored and supplied by Artec) of ancient artifacts and up to three monoliths. Once the data is processed, it will be given to the local museum and the local area communities.

Daniel Fernandez-Davila teaches in Massachusetts. For 21 years, he has explored one of the most remote areas of Peru, the north high jungle of the Chacapoyas. Besides students from Wayland, Massachusetts and Kleinhenz, the team lead by Fernandez-Davila includes Rachel Lorenc and Nick Ciorogan. Lorenc is a research assistant at John Hopkins University. Ciorogan is a filmmaker working on the film “My Teacher,” which talks about how Fernandez-Davila is making an impact with his visits to Peru.

In addition to exposing students to the culture of Peru, Fernandez-Davila challenges them emotionally, mentally and physically by introducing them to a completely different way of life. As part of the trip, the team will perform philanthropic work for rural communities such as: dental work and providing school supplies.

Fernandez-Davila is excited to use Exact Metrology’s 3D scanners to preserve Peru’s archeological treasures. In the past, he could only take one photo and this worried him because the moisture of the jungle would destroy everything. This year, he decided to take action and start small. His goal is to 3D scan one large monolith with carvings. There are two other monoliths in the area that must be scanned before the rain erodes the carvings. In order to best achieve this, Fernandez-Davila declared that “I am hiring an engineer from Exact Metrology who will accompany me and digitalize the whole monolith and reveal its complex carvings with 3D portable deep laser scanners. This will allow me to create images and drawings I can give to the local museum of Leymebamba and I will also share them with the communities of peasants around the monolith.”