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The importance of heritage 3D recording and documentation with active and passive sensors is well recognized at international level. The continuous development of new sensors, data capture methodologies and multi-resolution 3D representations, contributes significantly to the digital 3D documentation, mapping, conservation and representation of cultural and natural heritages and to the growth of research in this field.

Current and closed projects under this research line are listed below.


This project explores potentially transformative technologies and actively links the fields of heritage 3D modeling and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) by creating and testing new analytical tools for 3D Web GIS environments.

The PAESTUM project aims to document, survey, study and valorize the heritage Graeco-Roman site of Paestum (Italy).

The project wants to develop a methodology to digitally document and reconstruct complex architectures like castles. Photogrammetry, laser scanning and maps are integrated to exploit all the intrinsic advantages of each methodology.

3D-ICONS is an EU project that aims to enrich Europeana with thousands of 3D contents across Europe.

AI4CH was funded to realize a joint Italian-Israeli laboratory operating in the field of Artificial Intelligence applied to the Cultural Heritage. The project wants to deal with research activities related to intelligent extraction of information content from 2D/3D data collections and intelligent support to knowledge exploration.

APSAT aimed to document, survey, study, analyze and preserve mountainous and hill-top heritage sites located in the Trentino region (Italy), with a census of the heritage site, some 3D models, a webGIS and a series of publications.

Automation in image orientation and dense point cloud reconstruction is reaching very high standards, but image quality is a fundamental pre-requisite to produce successful and photo-realistic 3D products. We investigate a productive pre-processing strategy, the various detector/descriptor operators for tie point extraction and dense matching algorithms to find out all open issues in the actual photogrammetric pipeline for 3D reconstruction purposes.

The project wanted to digitally survey and model at very high-resolution the Behaim Globe, the oldest (1492) still existing and intact globe of the earth, preserved in the German National Museum of Nuremberg, Germany.

The project deals with the 3D surveying of dinosaur trackways and footprints by means of terrestrial photogrammetry and laser scanning.

The project aims to digitally count, survey and map (in 2D and 3D) the numerous signs of miners of the Middle Age. Using high-resolution LiDAR data we can identify structures which are hidden below the vegetation. The Calisio Plateau near Trento is full of ancient mining activites for silver extraction which are slowly disappearing and not valorized.