Services

·         Phone Consultations

If you are thinking about starting are in in the middle of a cemetery restoration project, please give contact us. With over fifteen years of experience in the cemetery preservation, we have seen just about everything.  We would be happy to discuss your project with you.

·         Cemetery Assessment

We provide detailed and thorough assessments of your cemetery including a complete evaluation of each monument. The assessment includes recommendations for the conservation, preservation, and restoration of the monuments in your cemetery with cataloging and prioritization.  Take a look at our cemetery assessments page to view the detailed information provided in our cemetery assessment service.

·         Leveling

Leveling is the most effective means of historic monument, tombstone, and gravestone conservation.  Un-level monuments and loose monument tops are one of the biggest threats to the historic and modern monuments, tombstone, and gravestones.  Due to soil erosion, soil shifting, inadequate foundation, and in some instances human interaction (lawnmowers and vandals), monuments begin to lean, sink and fall over.  We can correct this by resetting and leveling the monuments with a suitable foundation and aligning them with other monuments

·         Cleaning

Keeping historic monuments, tombstones, and gravestones, free from microbial growth is a cost effective way to conserve monuments. Growth of bacteria, fungi, algae, lichens, and mosses can significantly degrade monuments by eating away at the core elements that make up the stone.  This can result in loss of artistic and architectural designs and lettering and eventually complete degradation of the monument. We use a specially formulated antimicrobial solution to kill the microbial growth afflicting the monument. This cleaning process also brings out the natural beauty of the stone and reveals the artistic and architectural designs that the stone craftsman intended.  Vist www.gravestonecleaner.com to purchase D/2 Biological Solution.

·         Conservation, Restoration, & Repair

Over time due to lack of conservation in many cemeteries across Texas, many monuments, tombstones, and gravestones are deteriorating or are broken and damaged.  We provide conservation, preservation, and restoration services that are tailored to the needs of each individual monument to slow down the deterioration and repair broken and damaged monuments.

Recent advances in architectural products for restoring our nations’ historic have provided monument preservationists with new products for restoring our cemeteries’ monuments.  For example, new restorative mortars are available that look and act at a chemical level like the original stone from which the monument is made.

·         Cemetery Mapping

Historic Cemetery Mapping was born from our experience restoring historic monuments in cemeteries and the realization that most cemeteries do not have a complete list (database) or location map of the people buried in the cemetery.  Many cemeteries either have incomplete records or their records have been lost. Over the years I have observed GPS technology grow and evolve and I believed that GPS could offer substantial benefits to the field of mapping historic cemeteries.  In 2010, we first began offering GPS Cemetery Mapping services to historic cemeteries.  The technology has proven to be an effective means for capturing locations of burials and tombstone as well as a great way to record tombstone conditions as they are at the time of location collection.

In addition, we combine the use of GPS mapping with the use of GIS Database Generation to create an extensive assessment of each tombstone that not only records the current condition of each monument but is a great tool for conservation planning and strategy.

Our Architectural Designer generates a Cemetery Map in AutoCad, draws existing grave locations, tombstones, structures, roads, trees, other cemetery features, and finally new burial locations, and then assigns grave reference locations on the map for reference to the corresponding GIS database.

We then generate an expandable GIS database that is referenced to the GPS Cemetery Map.  The database is can be generated into several user friendly database programs for ease of access and use by your cemetery record keeper.

·         Ground Penetrating Radar

Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) has grown in popularity in usage on cemeteries and on archeological sites (Conyers and Goodman, 1997:11).

GPR involves the observation of the reflected component of transmitted electromagnetic waves into the subsurface.  The reflections, unlike that of acoustical waves, occur at the interfaces of materials of differing electrical conductivity or permittivity.  The depth of penetration for radar waves is frequency dependent and the attenuation of the radar wave in the ground is rather quick compared to that of seismic – a few meters compared to kilometers.  Since many, if not most, buried features of archeological interest are not deeply buried; the GPR has utility in the search and characterization of these features.  GPR is characterized as a WYSIWIG technique (i.e. what you see is what you get).  The GPR output is a series of radar wavelet traces or scans produced on a chart recorder or computer screen as an antenna is pulled across the ground surface.  The radar wave perturbations can directly yield reflection depth and the relative strength of the reflections, such that the form and location of a buried object or feature can be ascertained rather readily.  If the velocity of the radar waves can be determined, then the conversion of travel-time between the transmitter and receiver of the reflected wave, can be converted to distance, similar to that which is done in seismic studies.  Indeed, the phenomenal advance of the high-resolution post-processing software, GPR_Slice, allows us to tease out the finest details as to stratigraphy and shape of subsurface reflectors or features in plan view, rather than the previous methods of solely vertical readings.  GPR is not X-ray.

For cemeteries, one will not see a remains in the ground.  Instead, grave pits, grave excavation edges, and remnants of caskets if any, will be imaged.   Interpretations about the presence of absence of human burials are drawn from the GPR imagery.  A trained archaeologist will interpret the GRP imagery.

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