India is one of the richest countries when it comes to cultural heritage sites. The United Nations Educational, Creating a digital archive of the as-is state of a nation\u2019s heritage safeguards memories for the future generations, says Tatjana Dzambazova, technology whisperer, senior product manager, Autodesk. It also serves as a source of true information for conservation\/preservation planning and execution, helps broaden reach and spread awareness about the Indian heritage and can serve as promotional material for tourism,\u201d she tells Sudhir Chowdhary in an interaction. Excerpts: What is the rationale behind the Rajasthan government\u2019s move to scan and digitise the existing heritage structures in the state? Heritage preservation and promoting tourism with the help of digitised 3D architectural model and 3D walk-through videos are the two big reasons behind the Rajasthan government\u2019s bold mission to scan the princely forts, palaces, and monuments across 40 cities in the state. What were the key objectives behind the entire exercise? It is essentially the digital preservation of the past to make them future-proof. Time, acidic rains, pollution, or any man made or natural disasters can endanger existing cultural heritage. In such cases, the information can be used to restore the damaged historical monument to its true state. Since Jaipur has been chosen by the central government to be developed as a Smart City, important structures could be modelled in line with the heritage structures. For example, facades of the railway station\/ metro rail can be created in line with the structures to keep the look intact. The project is expected to boost tourism by manifolds as 3D walk-throughs and interactive experiences available online would arouse curiosity and attract more tourists to the city. You May Also Want To Watch: Is it a first-of-its-kind project in India? This project qualifies to be among the largest projects in the world in terms of scale, magnitude and initiative. It is also a first-of-its kind project being undertaken in India and we applaud the vision of the government of Rajasthan. The project is a progress towards achieving the state government\u2019s aim to scan all existing buildings and infrastructure and create a 3D digital model of the state. The successful digitisation of the state architecture can work in tandem with other initiatives like Rajdhaara, make the state smart and enable better governance. Is Autodesk in talks with some other state governments to execute similar projects? Autodesk is keen to work with the government of states as well as the central government and help with its know-how and technology to preserve, protect, and conserve the heritage of India. We are confident that projects such as these would inspire other Indian states to explore similar projects for preservation, conservation and restoration of heritage structures. Given that the central government has shortlisted 12 cities in various parts of the country for digital scanning as a part of the National Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) scheme, we believe that very soon we would see an interest in using 3D design technologies for heritage preservation in India as well.