Digital Tools for Heritage Management

Digital Tools for Cultural Heritage Management

Nafplion, Peloponnese, Grece

11 May – 7 June 2020

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 (HERITΛGE) – in close collaboration with its partners – Ghent University College (HOGENT, Belgium) and Leica Geosystems (Italy), organizes three integrated and consecutive specialist courses on various topics in geomatics.

The Heritage Management Organization (HERITΛGE) 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, 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.

Field School Objectives

This field school will introduce students to a broad range of 3D recording and mapping techniques, as well as methodologies to use and analyze spatial data. Students will be provided with hands-on instruction in these methods in the context historical structure at the city of Nafplion. Students will record the site’s extensive architectural remains using terrestrial laser scanning and image-based 3D modelling, and process the acquired data in appropriate software. GIS will be used to publish the data in cartographic deliverables, and to use spatial data in for data management and analysis. Students should be able to work in the digitization of any site following this work.

Field School Structure

The summer school is comprised of three integrated and consecutive specialist courses and interested applicants have the option to apply for participation in the whole summer school program (3 weeks) or for one or two of the three specialist courses.

The specialist courses cover:

  • Terrestrial laser scanning (11 May 2020 – 17 May 2020)
  • GIS (18 May 2020 – 24 May 2020 )
  • Photogrammetry and image-based 3D modelling (25 May 2020 – 7 June 2020)

For a detailed description of the structure and contents of the whole course and each individual workshop, program fees, credit, accomodation, available scholarships etc., see the program’s Preliminary Syllabus (in Word)  or Preliminary Syllabus (in PDF)

Application Deadline (for 2020): 20 April 2020

Please apply for 2020 and visit again for updates!

You may fill out an application form here!

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