Innovative Systems and Metodolgies for Monitoring and Valorization of Cultural Heritage

A special issue of Heritage (ISSN 2571-9408).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 3638

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Interests: building technology; geomatics; remote sensing; monitoring
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Department of Civil Engineering, Energy, Environment and Materials (DICEAM), Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria, 89124 Reggio Calabria, Italy
Interests: GPS; remote sensing; GIS and digital cartography; laser scanner; georadar; photogrammetry; drones (UAV); territorial environmental monitoring and controls
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Cultural, social and economic territorial development is strictly connected with Cultural Heritage. Italy has the world's most extensive cultural heritage: museums, churches, archaeological areas and historical houses.

As Known, Cultural heritage represents the community’s history and identity, highlighting its traditions, art and culture, preserving its memories, customs and legacy. Moreover, It can be used as a pedagogical tool to teach the history, culture and traditions of a community, and is often a tourist attraction, generating income and economic development for local communities. It is also a source of wealth for future generations and must therefore be preserved for their legacy. In summary, cultural heritage is an important part of our common heritage and a fundamental factor in understanding the history and identity of a community. Its preservation and enhancement are crucial to preserve our past and promoting intercultural understanding.

In this regard, it is essential that cultural heritage is properly and fully detected, monitored and properly disseminated. To this end, the use of modern survey methodologies, innovative monitoring techniques and high-performance systems dissemination requires ever-wider interdisciplinary contributions.

Innovative systems for survey, monitoring and enhancing cultural heritage require the use of various and different advanced technologies, that allow greater accessibility, greater understanding and direct involvement of the public, even helping to identify dangers to the public and implement measures to preserve it.

On the other hand, the enhancement of cultural heritage includes activities such as tourism promotion, the creation of thematic routes, the production of publications and the organization of cultural events. These activities help to raise awareness and promote cultural heritage, making it more accessible and meaningful for the community, also using apps and different information technologies.

We are pleased to invite and encourage you to submit your contributions.

This Special Issue aims to collect original research articles and reviews on innovative research dedicated to methodologies, applications and case studies on cultural heritage management and preservation and on surveying/monitoring/valorization/enhancement interventions.

In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Photogrammetry and laser scanning methodologies for 3D modeling;
  • Low-cost technologies for 3D data acquisition of assets;
  • 3D modeling and machine learning for HBIM;
  • 3D modeling for GIS-HBIM Integration/application
  • GIS for managing and exploiting large-scale 3D data;
  • Automatic or semi-automatic segmentation and classification for 3D models;
  • 3D modeling monuments for structural or other FEM analysis;
  • Remote Sensing Advanced techniques for CH Data Acquisition
  • VR, AR, MR applications, Game 3D modeling, storytelling and other computer graphics applications;
  • We look forward to receiving your contributions. 

Dr. Antonino Fotia
Dr. Vincenzo Barrile
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • geomatics
  • UAV
  • BIM
  • AR
  • VR
  • GIS
  • cultural heritage

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3D WebGIS for Ephemeral Architecture Documentation and Studies in the Humanities
by Alessandra Spreafico and Filiberto Chiabrando
Heritage 2024, 7(2), 913-947; https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage7020044 - 11 Feb 2024
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The documentation and visualization of ephemeral CH, especially for World’s Fairs architecture, remains a neglected endeavor on the global scale. While digital products like 3D models find extensive application in CH, the use of a WebGIS has scarcely been explored in this domain. [...] Read more.
The documentation and visualization of ephemeral CH, especially for World’s Fairs architecture, remains a neglected endeavor on the global scale. While digital products like 3D models find extensive application in CH, the use of a WebGIS has scarcely been explored in this domain. When a WebGIS is used for CH, it serves to communicate the output of research, not as a tool to support the development of the research itself. Moreover, aspects like procedural development for the creation of a WebGIS platform, its upgrading, and its long-term preservation are key factors for the maintenance of the digital tool, but they have scarcely been considered in the literature. Through the Turin 1911 project, this paper defines a procedure for the creation of a WebGIS for ephemeral architectural documentation, showing how a WebGIS platform can be designed, implemented, tested, and maintained. The novelty of this study lies in the creation of a 2D/3D WebGIS based on a tailored spatial database; the WebGIS is coupled with a dedicated website for the constant updating of the research data documenting the Turin 1911 International Exposition. The discussion emphasizes the transformative role of a WebGIS in not only sharing information but also serving as a dynamic platform for conducting digital humanities studies in 3D environments. Full article
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A Study of the Accuracy of a 3D Indoor Camera for Industrial Archaeology Applications
by Roman Shults, Eugene Levin, Zhanar Aukazhiyeva, Karel Pavelka, Nataliia Kulichenko, Naiman Kalabaev, Maral Sagyndyk and Nagima Akhmetova
Heritage 2023, 6(9), 6240-6267; https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage6090327 - 6 Sep 2023
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The paper aims to study the geometrical quality and opportunities of the state-of-the-art 3D camera Matterport Pro and examine its potential for industrial archaeology applications. The presented study consisted of two steps. In the first step, the geometrical quality of the camera-generated point [...] Read more.
The paper aims to study the geometrical quality and opportunities of the state-of-the-art 3D camera Matterport Pro and examine its potential for industrial archaeology applications. The presented study consisted of two steps. In the first step, the geometrical quality of the camera-generated point cloud was investigated on the calibration test field. The geometrical quality was checked in two ways: (1) with distance comparison between reference targets and (2) with point cloud comparison. The coordinates of the reference targets were determined using a high-precision total station, while the FARO Scanner generated the reference point cloud. The study established that Matterport Pro has a scale systematic error that must be accounted for in 3D modeling and the inventory of archaeological objects. In the second step, the geometrical quality of the camera was checked for the actual archaeological object. As such an object, the historical copper-shaft Quincy Mine in Michigan State Upper Peninsula was considered. The specific subject of the study was one of the largest hoist engines in the world. The Matterport Pro camera scanned the indoor environment of the hoist engine house. The accuracy of the 3D model of the hoist engine was checked using additional linear measurements on-site. It was found that the accuracy of 1% showed that the camera specification can be improved through calibration. As an output of the second step, the accurately refined 3D model of the hoist engine’s interior was built. That model was embedded into a 3D model of the hoist engine’s house for usage in virtual tours of the Quincy Mine Museum. Finally, a virtual tour was created of the Quincy Mine house with exterior and interior models referenced to the geographical frame. Full article
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