Laboratory of the Places 2018

Registration is now open for summer school:

"Laboratory of Place 2018

History, survey, evolution. Summer School: Surveying Cultural Heritage".


July 23 to August 1, 2018, in Domodossola (Italy)

The course is part of the multidisciplinary project “Laboratory of Places”, involving the Polytechnic of Milan and Canova Association in partnership with national and international centers of higher learning collaborating in a series of summer workshops.
The workshop is supported by ICOMOS Italia (International Council on Monuments and Sites) and ISPRS (International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing).

The mission of “Laboratory of Places” is to combine geomatics techniques and restoration for interdisciplinary knowledge and the preservation of historical and architectural heritage.
During this edition, the case of study will be some building of the Sacred Mount Calvary of Domodossola.

The main topic of the school is the survey techniques designed for three-dimensional modeling of ancient buildings and the extraction of all metric information useful in planning reconstruction restoration, maintenance, and conservation of cultural heritage.
The participants, divided into groups, will deal with 3D surveying of the building, the extraction of metric and material information from the acquired data information with the aim to understand the original morphology and provide material for a preliminary project for the recovery and reuse of the structure.
The aim of the course is to provide the minimum theoretical tools and insights on latest techniques, with day and evening workshops. Practical activities will be structured so that each participant can experience first-hand the various survey techniques using a variety of equipment and software. The major focus will be on operational issues related to the measurement technique using TLS (Terrestrial Laser Scanner), the processing of the acquired data for the extraction of plans, sections and the creation of 3D models. Simultaneously, aerial (with UAV) and terrestrial close range photogrammetric methods will be presented, focusing training activities on three-dimensional reconstruction of the site from images and the production of photogrammetric classics such as orthophotos.
A special day will be reserved for the ultimate innovative 3D survey techniques “portable mobile mapping systems” offered by Leica Geosystem,
partner and sponsor of our summer school. It is not a commercial event but a technological one where participants will assist to a real survey using the Leica Pegasus:Backpack and working using the acquired data.

The course is open to students of architecture, archaeology, and engineering as well as professionals in Cultural Heritage and the Historic Preservation sector. The Laboratory of Places can be a valuable source for those interested in deepening their own personal understanding of the latest survey and representation methods as well as its utilization in a contemporary business practice.

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For more information please write to Francesco Fassi or Cristiana Achille