Digital Tools for Cultural Heritage Management

    The Nafplion Digital Recording Project (NADiR)


    individual weeks of 11 May-7 June 2020

    Nafplio, Greece

    Application Deadline:
    1 April 2020



    Vacancies for the workshops are limited, so please apply early.

    Project Coordinator:
    Dr Kenneth Aitchison, Landward Research, HERITΛGE Capacity Mapping Officer

    Project Director:
    Dr Evangelos Kyriakidis, HERITΛGE Director



    Dr Cornelis Stal
    is a lecturer and researcher at the University College Ghent and Ghent University (Belgium), where he is working on surveying engineering, geomatics and image-based 3D modelling. Within the framework of his research, he has participated in various archaeological and anthropological field campaigns, where the topics of this workshop are empirically implemented in an interdisciplinary context.


    Dr Doug Rocks-Macqueen
    is an archaeologists who has worked around the world from Belize to Scotland. He has worked in the Commercial/Cultural Resource Management Archaeology, Academia and for the Third Sector. His work focuses on the use of Agent Based Modeling with GIS, public archaeology and how we engage people with the past and examining the demographic and cultural data of those that participate in archaeology.

    Digital tools for acquiring, processing, managing and analyzing spatial data are crucial for sustainable management of cultural heritage and allow a better understanding of the objects under study. Laser scanning, photogrammetry, topography and GIS are important tools to facilitate this complex management process. Within the context of this summer school, the Heritage Management Organization, in close collaboration with HOGENT (Belgium) and Landward Research (Ireland) organizes three integrated and consecutive specialist courses on various topics in geomatics:

    • Specialist course 1: Terrestrial laser scanning
    • Specialist course 2: GIS
    • Specialist course 3: Photogrammetry and images-based 3D modelling *


    * Please note that these specialist courses can be booked individually. For those intending to just do sections of the field summer school please contact us at [email protected] for further information and arrangements.


    The summer school is a collaborative effort between the Heritage Management Organization (HERITΛGE, Greece) and its partners – Ghent University College (HOGENT, Belgium) and Leica Geosystems (Italy). The Initiative has been asked by the municipality of Nafplion, the first capital of modern Greece, to document its most historically significant structures and city center. Using professional-grade laser scanners, digital cameras and GIS. The objective of this project is to record the structural data of these buildings, properly orient them to one another in virtual space, and georeference the data we collect to ultimately create a computer-generated representation of historic Nafplion. This representation will be used as essential tools in heritage management for any restoration, documentation or visualization project.

    The field school will serve as the education arm of a larger HERITΛGE research project in collaboration with HOGENT, ETH Zurich, Leica and other partners aiming to create and promote applications for the use of 3D documentation for heritage management. Amongst our goals is to create an application for 3D recording of archaeological sites for conservation purposes. Research is also conducted on ways and techniques to speed up the digitization of archaeological sites such as the development of techniques to map conservation needs of sites on the 3D plan, techniques and software that will help photography and laser scanning to work faster and more efficiently together, or better and more efficient ways to present different types of evidence in an online format.


    For details on fees, application procedures and available scholarships, see the official announcement of the workshop here