Digital Tools for Cultural Heritage Management


    The Nafplion Digital Recording Summer School


    11 May-7 June 2020

    Nafplio, Greece

    Application Deadline:
    1 April 2020


    Vacancies for this Summer Field School Program 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.

    The Heritage Management Organization, in close collaboration with HOGENT (Belgium) and Landward Research (Ireland) has organized three integrated and consecutive specialist courses * on various topics in geomatics to help aid heritage managers in their work:

    • Specialist course 1: GIS
      (Tuesday 12 May – Sunday 17 May)
    • Specialist course 2: Photogrammetry and images-based 3D modelling
      (Thursday 21 May – Tuesday 26 May)
    • Specialist course 3: Terrestrial laser scanning
      (Saturday 31 May – Friday 5 June)

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

    The summer school will take place in 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 participants will learn how 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 skills are essential in heritage management for any restoration, documentation or visualization project.

    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. Participants will be provided with hands-on instruction in these methods in the context historical structure at the city of Nafplion. Participants 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 management and analysis. Participants should be able to work in the digitization of any site following this work.


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