Architectural Space in a Protocol for an Integrated 3D Survey aimed at the Documentation, Representation and Conservation of Cultural Heritage

  • Marcello Balzani
  • Federica Maietti
Keywords: protocol, representation, 3D integrated survey, cultural heritage, integrated documentation


Architectural space becomes the connective fabric for the creation of a protocol for optimizing 3D documentation of cultural heritage. The methodology set as a priority the unconventional features/geometries, unique and complex within heritage, avoiding the ‘segmentation’ of the acquired data and facilitating data access and use through an inclusive approach. The elaboration of the protocol for the advancement of data management processes is part of the INCEPTION project, Inclusive Cultural Heritage in Europe through 3D semantic modelling, coordinated by the Department of Architecture of the University of Ferrara and funded by the European Commission within the Horizon 2020 program. The project is currently ongoing, and approaching the end of the second year of development. Future actions are related to the practical application of the holistic digital documentation procedure and of the optimized 3D data acquisition protocol of nine selected case studies in six European countries. The selected sites are representative of different types of cultural heritage assets, for the implementation of the methodology and necessary tools, based on criteria that cover different historical periods, a wide range of sizes and morphologies, different states of conservation, environmental conditions and various risk factors. Planned test-beds in significant heritage sites will allow validation of the documentation methodology, the necessary tools in terms of access and interaction with the3D digital model and the different outcomes based on an inclusive access by different users of semantic models.

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