Paul Bryan
Research Associate



Paul Bryan is the Geospatial Imaging Manager within the Imaging Team of Historic England. Based in York he heads up the Geospatial Imaging team which carries out metric surveys of historic buildings, sites and landscapes using laser scanning, photogrammetry and multi-image based survey approaches such as Structure-from-Motion (SfM). He also advises the external sector on the heritage application of RPAS/UAV/drone platforms and BIM (Building Information Modelling). Paul has extensive knowledge of image-based survey approaches and co-authored the ‘Metric Survey Specifications for Cultural Heritage’ guide, which sets the standard for metric surveys across the heritage sector.


Prior to joining English Heritage in 1985 Paul was senior land surveyor with Swansea-based Longdin & Browning Surveys, involved in several large survey projects both in the UK and abroad. These included several months in Iraq, on the survey and setting out of a proposed high speed railway from Baghdad to Zakho on the Turkish border, and Kuwait, setting out rights of way markers and carrying out site surveys for a proposed inner ring road. In 2014 Paul was awarded Fellowship of the RICS and is the current UK representative for CIPA (the International Scientific Committee for Documentation of Cultural Heritage). He also co-chairs the Cultural Heritage Data Acquisition and Processing working group within ISPRS (the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing).



Full publications list

An overview of history

I Collen with contributions from P. Bryan

Drone (2016)


3D Laser Scanning for Heritage

P. Bryan

GeoInformatics (2015)


Metric Survey Specifications for Cultural Heritage

D. Andrews, P. Bryan & J. Bedford

Historic England (2015)


Managing the old with the ever changing new

A Tomkins with contributions from Paul Bryan

Civil Engineering Surveyor (2014)


Using Geospatial Imaging Techniques to Reveal and Share the Secrets of Stonehenge

P. Bryan, A. Dodson & M. Abbott

International Journal of Heritage in the Digital Era (volume 3 number 1 2014)


Multi-light Imaging Techniques for Heritage Applications

S. Duffy with contributions from P. Bryan (2013)


Analysing the Stones

Geomatics World, PV Publications (2012)


Surveying Stonehenge, Parts 1 & 2

Geomatics World, PV Publications (2012)


3D Laser Scanning for Heritage (second edition)

Prof J. Mills & D, Andrews with contributions from P. Bryan (originator of document)

English Heritage (2010)


Three dimensional rock art recording: a ‘lower-cost’ photogrammetric approach

Carving a Future for British Rock Art, Oxbow Books (2010)


Metric Survey for Preservation Uses: Past, Present and Future,

APT Bulletin, Special Issue on Documentation

The Association for Preservation Technology (APT, 2010)


Metric Survey Specifications for Cultural Heritage

P. Bryan, B. Blake & J. Bedford

English Heritage (2009)


Measured and Drawn, Techniques and practices for the metric survey of historic buildings (second edition

P. Bryan, D. Andrews, J Bedford, B Blake, T. Cromwell & R. Lea

English Heritage (2009)


Unlocking the Evidence – Recording the historical graffiti in the Great Tower

P. Bryan & S. Tovey

Research news, English Heritage (2009)


Tunnel Vision – the challenges faced in recording Atkinson’s Tunnel

P. Bryan & T. Cromwell

Research News, English Heritage (2008)


Cost-effective rock-art recording within a non-specialist environment

P. Bryan & J.H. Chandler

ISPRS 2008 Conference proceedings (July 2008)


Recording by pixels

Research News, English Heritage (2007)


Heritage3D: laser scanning in archaeology and architecture

Research News, English Heritage (2007)


Petroglyphs in Three Dimensions, Recording, Documentation, Information Management for the Conservation of Heritage Places, Illustrated Examples

The Getty Conservation Institute, Donhead Publishing (2007)


3D Laser Scanning for Heritage

Dr D. Barber with contributions from P. Bryan (originator of document)

English Heritage (2007)


Laser Scanning Tests on a Gilded 18th-Century Table

M. Cooper, A LaPensee & P. Bryan

Research Report, English Heritage, no 19/2007


Cost-effective rock-art recording in a production environment: is there a wider message?

J.H. Chandler & P. Bryan

The CIPA International Archives for Documentation of Cultural Heritage, XXI, Athens, Pages. 210-215 (2007)


The development and application of a simple methodology for recording rock art using consumer-grade digital cameras

J.H. Chandler, P. Bryan & J.G. Fryer

The Photogrammetric Record, 22(117): 10-21. (2007)


The ‘Listening Ears’ – a meeting of ‘cutting-edge’ technologies

Research News, English Heritage (2006)


The Rock-Art Recording Pilot Project in Northumberland and County Durham

P. Bryan, A. Oswald & T. Barnett

Research News, English Heritage (2005)


Maintaining momentum in terrestrial laser scanning: a UK case study

D. Barber, J. Mills & P. Bryan

International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, 36 (3/W19): 126-131.(2005)


3D Laser Scanning, New techniques of observation

Conservation Bulletin, English Heritage (2004)


Towards a Standard Specification for Terrestrial Laser Scanning in Cultural Heritage – One Year On

P. Bryan, D. Barber & J. Mills

International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, 35 (B7): 966-971 (2004)


Recording Architecture at the Archaeological Site of Uxmal, Mexico: A Historical and Contemporary View

L. Desmond & P. Bryan

The Photogrammetric Record, 18(102): 105-130 (June 2003)


Laser Scanning and Photogrammetry: 21st Century Metrology

D. Barber, J. Mills & P. Bryan

CIPA Symposium (2001)


Digital Rectification Techniques for Architectural and Archaeological Presentation

P. Bryan, I Corner & D Stevens

Photogrammetric Record (To be published April 1999)


Windsor Revealed: New light on the history of the castle  S Brindle and B Kerr

Contributed sections on the use of Survey Techniques, Enhancement and Interpretation

English Heritage (1997) ISBN 1-85074-688-5


Surveying Stonehenge by Photogrammetry. P.G. Bryan and M. Clowes.

Photogrammetric Record (April 1997).


Wall Paintings go Digital

Conservation Bulletin (November 1996)


Windsor Castle: Photogrammetric and Archaeological Recording after the Fire

R. Dallas, B. Kerr, S. Lunnon & P. Bryan

Photogrammetric Record (October 1995)


The Survey and Recording of Historic Buildings.

Association of Archaeological Illustrators and Surveyors, 1995

Paul Bryan

Contact details

Mr Paul Bryan
Research Associate
Department of Archaeology
University of York
The King's Manor