GEOMATICS AND CULTURAL HERITAGE: Multi-source data for recording, modeling, visualization and metric documentation of historical sites, monuments, structures and past landscape



Gabriele Bitelli

Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering, University of Bologna, Italy

Maria Grazia

Maria Grazia D'Urso

Department of Engineering and Applied Sciences, University of Bergamo, Italy


Geomatic techniques for Cultural Heritage surveying and mapping are increasingly changing the methods of data acquisition and management.
The Geomatics approach currently supporting the integration of different range-based and image-based methods - in connection with different sensors - requires a careful implementation, founded on a scientific rigorous base, and the management of the most advanced technologies.
3D recording, monitoring, representation, information management must satisfy metric requirements and data quality assessment, at any scale to which they are applied from the single object to its geographical context.


This Special Session aims to promote the interplay between the researchers of the scientific community by presenting and discussing experiences and research contributions on the following topics:

  • Geomatic integrated techniques for Cultural Heritage 3D recording;
  • Instrumental calibration for 3D data acquisition;
  • Data fusion for advanced remote sensed techniques;
  • Development of sensors and special devices for surveying and monitoring;
  • Medium and long-term monitoring and safety assessment of buildings and structures;
  • Quality evaluation and standards in recording and documentation;
  • Multi-resolution geospatial data management in Cultural Heritage;
  • Historical BIM technology and point clouds based 3D modeling and GIS interface;
  • Geomatic integrated techniques for evaluating and controlling the damage and the decay of the Cultural Heritage.


Gabriele Bitelli, full Professor of Geomatics at Bologna University, Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering (DICAM). The main research interests are related to surveying and monitoring with integrated Geomatic techniques, applications of geo-spatial methods for 3D Cultural Heritage surveying and modeling, deformation control for structures and territory, Remote Sensing for environmental change detection and risk management, digital approaches for historical cartography, Geographic Information Systems. He has been Principal Investigator and Scientific Responsible for EU and national research projects, and Coordinator of the Italian academic Association of Professors in Surveying and Mapping. Reviewer for many scientific Journals and Component of the Scientific Committee for several National and International Workshops. He is author or co-author of more than 300 national and international scientific papers.

Maria Grazia D'Urso, associate Professor of Geomatics at Bergamo University, Department of Engineering and Applied Sciences (DISA) . Fellow of international and national Scientific Committees; currently Chair of Commission V/ISPRS, WG 2. Scientific responsible for operative units of several national research projects, national and international workshops and reviewer for different peer-reviewed international scientific journals. The main research interests are related to surveying and monitoring with integrated geomatic techniques; applications of Photogrammetry, Laser-Scanning and Geographical Information Systems to Cultural Heritage; 3D modeling of archaeological sites; geomatic application in risk analysis and management of emergencies; geomatic monitoring for structures; new approaches for studying the gravity and gravitational terrestrial field; innovative geomatic techniques in precision farming; fuzzy logic and its applications in environmental and urban context; digital terrain models and mapping of urban landscapes. Author and co-author of several papers published in international and national journals as well as international proceedings of Conferences in several geomatic fields.

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