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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.


The project aims to reproduce precise digital replicas of some of the beautiful etruscan tombs located in different necropolis using reality-based 3D surveying methodologies.

Aim of this project is to provide support with the most advanced and modern 3D surveying and modelling techniques for a comparative and systematic study of different models of "Fernande", a cubist sculpture of Picasso.

The project aims to solve the problem of missing (3D) digitized and well organized cultural heritage assets, which is one of the main priorities in the Strategy for Information Society Development in the Republic of Serbia. The project aims also to transfer know-how and best practices from EU to non-EU Member States.

ITN-DCH (Initial Training Network for Digital Cultural Heritage: Projecting our Past to the Future) is a Marie-Curie project with 14 partners and it aims to connect university, research centers, industries, Cultural Heritage stakeholders and end-user in order to collaborate and train the next generation of researchers in digital Cultural Heritage.

The project aims at the multi-sensor and multi-resolution 3D documentation of the UNESCO Maya site of Copan (Honduras) and at the realization of a 3D GIS-type tool to visualize and query multi-resolution archaeological 3D models online.

The research wants to investigate mobile systems for 3D surveying and modeling, including mobile mapping vans, mobile hand-held scanners, back-pack scanners, etc. System investigations and applications in urban and heritage scenarios are performed.

The project uses 3D surveying techniques (terrestrial photogrammetry and laser scanning) to document and monitor paintings. Furthermore it combines multi-spectral analyses to analyse painting layers. This combination is useful to fully document artworks as well as evaluate conservation conditions and plan future preservation activities.

The activity analyzes the potential of multispectral imaging for various applications fields. Particularly, terrestrial and UAV acquisitions are acquired and processed in the heritage and agricultural field to derive "invisible" information useful for better investigations, restoration, precision farming, etc.

The PERISCOPE (Portal for hERItage buildingS integration into the COntemPorary built Environment) project aims to realize an innovative BIM/HBIM platform for the identification, classification, documentation and renovation of heritage buildings. The project, lead by the Cyprus Institute, addresses specific needs and challenges identified by the stakeholders that have cultural and economic impact on Cyprus’ society, including public authorities and policy makers.

The project aims to digitally model the Pompeii Forum integrating photogrammetry and laser scanning. The integration is realized to exploit the intrinsic advantages of each technique and to produce a multi-resolution 3D model of the archaeological site.