CIPA is happy to announce its 8th Heritage Documentation Spring School on “Cultural Heritage 3D Surveying and Modelling” which will take place from 23-29 march 2023 in Montecatini Terme, Italy. As with the past editions, this summer school will consist of theoretical lectures (on photogrammetry/computer vision, laser scanning, photography and total station survey) and practical work, in the field and in the lab.
We are deeply saddened by the loss of Prof. Dr. Cevat Erder, former CIPA president.
His enlightened thought and the values he established and defended with ever present wisdom shall always stay in our mind, while his beloved memories, his wit and jokes will forever be in our hearts. We shall never forget our dear Professor Cevat. May he rest in peace.
We are pleased to invite you to participate in CIPA2023, the 29th CIPA-HD biennial Symposium, held from June 26th to 30th, 2023, in Florence, Italy.
CIPA2023 will focus on “Documenting, understanding, preserving Cultural Heritage. Humanities and digital technologies for shaping the future”.
The conference will explore the digital and green dimensions required to handle the complexity of Cultural Heritage management and to come up with new solutions to the challenges of reducing anthropogenic and natural risks.
Lower-Saxony is located in North-West Germany, East of the Netherlands and ending in the North Sea. This region is known for its wetlands and bogs, which represent today only about 5% of its total surface. These were and are mainly made of peat also called also turf, which is a deposit soil formed by the partial decomposition of vegetal matter in wet acidic conditions. Left in the sun for drying, peat was used as a fuel for cooking and heating.
By: Minna Silver
This spring, exactly after 10 years from the Arab Spring and now during and despite the pandemic, there has been a spectacular move of Egypt’s great pharaohs from the Old Egyptian Museum in Cairo to the modern Grand Egyptian Museum in the Golden Parade of the Pharaohs. The parade was broadcasted by Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and indeed undoubtedly it will boost tourism to the new Grand Egyptian Museum which inauguration is expected to happen in June 2021.
One could now this spring follow the televised once in the lifetime procession of mummified pharaohs while a symphony orchestra and singers were playing and Egyptian dignitaries were attending the feast. Dimitri Tomkin had once composed Land of the Pharaohs and a special peace Pharaonic Procession which, for example, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra had recorded. We could now from distance enjoy a real historical procession and have change into the world of lockdowns at our homes.
Such famous pharaohs as the female pharaoh Hatshepsut and pharaoh Ramesses II, proceeded in specially modified vehicles in the streets of Cairo while the orchestra was playing pompous music and the vehicles transported the pharaohs to the better equipped Grand Egyptina Museum in Giza. It is fine that the ancient Egyptian finds including mummies will get the best laboratory treatment in the museum. The mummy of Tutankhamen, perhaps to us the most famous pharaoh, has been returned to its tomb which from the archaeological ethic point of view is an appropriate gesture.
Soon after the spectacle, the world was hearing about extraordinary findings when Dr. Zahi Hawass’s announced the discovery of the lost city of “the Rise of Athen” or “the Dazzling Aten” in Western Thebes next and across the Nile from Luxor. The city dates from the time of Pharaoh Amenophis III (ca. 1390-1352 BC) and his son Amenophis IV (ca. 1353-1336 BC), the latter later known as Akhenaten. The city was apparently used by successive pharaohs Tutankhamen (ca. 1334-1325 BC) and Ay. Pharaoh Akhenaten had created a new monotheistic religion known Atenism which the name of the lost city refers to. He also built the city for Aten in Amarna situated between Cairo and Luxor. From the palaeopathological and DNA examinations, Akhenaten has been identified as having been the father to the boy king Tutankhamen’s.
Some archaeologists have reacted to the discovery of the city that it is the most significant archaeological find made in Egypt since the tomb of Tutankhamen in 1922. The city was discovered when Hawass was looking for the so-called mortuary temple of Tutankhamen. The unearthed finds now consist of buildings, pottery, tools, jewelry and tombs. It seems to have partly served as an industrial centre of pharaohs, but only parts are exposed and the future can bring more new information of the nature of the city. It is claimed that the discovered city is the largest ever known in ancient Egypt.
In this digital age, there are numerous new ways to save the sites and finds from deterioration. The replica of Tutankhamen’s tomb has been produced by FactumArte to people to visit and save the original tomb. The unwrapping linen shrouds and wrappings of mummies have developed digitally. Now there are algorithmic ways to virtually unwrap mummies without actually opening them. We can see inside the wrappings: jewelry and shabtis, little anthropomorphic and magic statues set under wrappings. The director of the Egyptian Museum in Turin introduced the new invention of digitally unwrapping mummies at the GEORES conference in Milan in the spring of 2019.ByB
Since travel restrictions for most parts of the world will not be lifted by the end of August, it was decided that the coming CIPA Symposium in Beijing will be held in a hybrid format. This means that it will be a combination of both an online and a physical meeting. Our members and enthusiasts coming from the hosting country can meet each other in person at the venue – the Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. For the rest of us, the symposium will be held online. This hybrid format has consequences regarding the submission deadlines, the registration fees and the program. Detailed information can be found on www.cipa2021.org.
Please mind that:
- the registration fees are significantly reduced;
- the submission deadline for full papers to be double blind peer reviewed and published in the ISPRS Annals, is moved to April 30th;
- the deadline for abstracts, resulting in full papers published in the ISPRS Archives, is moved to March 30th;
- since the symposium will be live streamed entirely, the various sessions are scheduled as follows:
- Beijing Time (Chinese Standard Time): 09:00 – 11:30 AM; 4:00 – 6:30 PM; 9:00-11:30 PM
- Central European Summer Time: 10:00 – 12:30; 15:00 – 17:30
- Central Daylight Time: 08:00 – 10:30; 8:00 – 10:30 PM
We hope you will participate in and enjoy the symposium.
Faculty of architecture and urbanism of Ferdowsi University of Mashhad organized an international camp for documentation of a modern architectural heritage in Iran, with collaboration of DOCOMOMO Iran (international committee for documentation and conservation of buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the modern movement), petroleum museums and documents center of Iran, and CIPA (international scientific committee for documentation of cultural heritage) inaugurated on 26th October 2020 and continued for four consecutive days. The camp aimed at technologically conducting measurement sciences into the heritage documentation and recording discipline. The participant students in this 30 hrs workshop learned and practiced computerizing photogrammetric survey of a modern architectural heritage, historical instruments and documents and have practiced facade mapping by drone photogrammetry.
The camp scientific secretory and assistant professor of faculty of architecture and urbanism of FUM (Dr. Parsa Pahlavan), the digitalization instructor (eng. Ali Eghra), with help of two assistants and a guest instructor, formed a team that included GIS expert, architect and material scientist, conservation expert, and BIM expert. The supervision guided the students from Iran, Afghanistan and Iraq to practice production of scientifically reliable documents on their own.
The petroleum reservoir of Mashhad (built in 1920) was digitally documented by modern tools and techniques and aside, some documents and objects related to the history of petroleum transfer were scanned for the first time. The general secretary of CIPA (prof. Fulvio Rinaudo), director of DOCMOMO (Hadi Naderi) Iran and I.R. IRAN representative in CIPA (Abbass Malian) sent video messages to the final ceremony of this event.
In October 2020, the 20th ICOMOS General Assembly and Scientific Symposium would have taken place in Sydney, Australia. Unfortunately COVID-19 determined otherwise. The “ICOMOS GA2020 Marker Event” took place to acknowledge the excellent work and support of the ICOMOS organizer team. The ICOMOS 21st General Assembly and Scientific Symposium will be held on 31 August – 09 September 2023 in Sydney, Australia.
Under normal conditions, during the GA elections take place for the new ICOMOS board. Given the situation, for the first time it was held online (from December 3th-4th and December 7th-8th). CIPA Heritage Documentation is pleased to inform you that two of its former presidents were elected, i.e. Andreas Georgopoulos and Mario Santana. The latter will also take the role of Secretary General. Needless to say that we are very proud. We would like to express our sincere congratulations and wish you a very productive term!
More information can be found on the ICOMOS webpage:
CIPA Emerging Professionals have organized, moderated and presented 7 online events, gathering an international audience from more than 75 countries, with a total attendance of over 1,000 people.
Accessing Heritage Places from Home Webinar Series (supported by CIPA, ICOMOS, the National Trust for Canada and NSERC CREATE Heritage Engineering)
- Part 1- ‘Digital Tools as Opportunities to Engage Audiences and Manage Sites’ on May 7, 2020; Speakers: Juan Perez Arcas (Worldsensing SL, Spain) ‘Application of low-power wide area networks (LPWAN) in cultural heritage monitoring’, Stephen Fai & Katie Graham (CIMS, Canada) ‘Big Stories’, Elizabeth Lee (CyArk, USA) ‘Together at Home with Heritage: Virtual access to cultural heritage and community through CyArk.org’, Chris Wiebe & Michelle Duong (National Trust for Canada, Canada) ‘Heritage Places Going Digital: Current Practices, Barriers, and Opportunities’, Antonia Teresa Spanò & Giulia Sammartano (Politecnico di Torino, Italy) ‘Hybrid multiscale 3D modelling for heritage sharing purposes’; Main moderators: Rebecca Napolitano and Efstathios Adamopoulos; Welcome address: Mario Santana Quintero, Chris Wiebe; Closing remarks: Grazia Tucci; Additional organizers: Joe Kallas, Michelle Duong; Attendance: 480 from 54 countries, 807 registered; Link to video recording: https://youtu.be/Kki1Wp_LERo
- Part 2- ‘Virtual Reality: Unlocking the Potential’; Speakers: Brett Leavy (Bilbie Labs, Australia) ‘VR as Storytelling Tool for First Nations’, Sofia Pescarin (CNR ITABC, Italy) ‘Videogames to Visit Immersively Archaeological Sites: A Night in the forum’, Damiano Aiello (Università di Catania, Italy) ‘Beyond Physical Barriers: Virtual Museums as a Means for Promoting and Enhancing Cultural Heritage’, Joshua Chartrand (CIMS, Canada) ‘A Truly Virtual Parliament: Translating HBIM to VR’, Rudi Knoops (KU Leuven & Alamire Foundation, Belgium) ‘The Alamire sound labs: immersive sound in real and virtual spaces’; Main moderator: Sara Gonizzi Barsanti; Welcome address: Chris Wiebe, Mario Santana Quintero; Closing remarks: Grazia Tucci; Additional organizers: Efstathios Adamopoulos, Joe Kallas, Michelle Duong, Rebecca Napolitano; Attendance: Attendance: 200 from 44 countries, 323 registered; Link to video recording: https://youtu.be/53eJdplq-U8
- Part 3- ‘Information Systems: Protecting the Past, Securing the Future’; Speakers: Ona Vileikis (University College London, UK) ‘Information Systems for Cultural Heritage Landscapes: Experiences in Central Asia’, Gamze Dane (Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands) & Martina Massari (University of Bologna, Italy) ‘The Role of Information Systems for Regeneration and Optimization of Cultural Heritage Districts: EU H2020 ROCK Project’, Bijan Rouhani (University of Oxford, UK) ‘Monitoring Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa’, Joanna Cooper (CIMS, Canada) ‘0E3D – Digital Mapping of Eastern Ontario’; Main moderator: Ona Vileikis; Welcome address: Mina Silver; Closing remarks: Mario Santana Quintero; Additional organizers: Rebecca Napolitano, Efstathios Adamopoulos, Joe Kallas, Michelle Duong, Nour Jean Matta; Attendance: 89 from 29 countries, 166 registered; Link to video recording: https://youtu.be/wfc43p71tkA
- Part 4- ‘Ethics of Heritage Recording’; Panelists: Kacey Hadick (CyArk, USA), Julie Ivanoff (CIMS, Canada), Elena Macchioni (Getty Conservation Institute, USA), William P. Megarry (Queen’s University of Belfast, UK), Emily L. Spratt (Columbia University, USA), Youmna Tabet (UNESCO, France), Yves Ubelmann (ICONEM, France); Expert commentators: Mona Hess (University of Bamberg, Germany), Andreas Georgopoulos (National Technical University of Athens, Greece), Mechtild Rössler (UNESCO World Heritage Centre, France), Alex Ya-Ning Yen (China University of Technology, Republic of China); Main moderators: Mario Santana Quintero & Michelle Duong (Carleton University); Opening remarks: Stratos Stylianidis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), Chris Wiebe (National Trust for Canada), Mario Santana Quintero; Closing remarks: Laurie Smith (NSERC CREATE Heritage Engineering); Moderators: Rebecca Napolitano, Efstathios Adamopoulos and Joe Kallas; Attendance: 158 from 39 countries, 314 registered; Link to video recording: https://youtu.be/ZgbsGkGXQS8
Low-Cost Techniques for Heritage Recording and Visualization
- Speakers: Christian Ouimet (Heritage Conservation Services, Canada), Efstathios Adamopoulos (Università di Torino, Italy), Arnadi Murtiyoso (National Institute of Applied Science, France), Daniel Girardeau-Montaut (Johnson & Johnson, France), Nefeli Tentoma (National Technical University, Greece-formerly); Main organizer: Efstathios Adamopoulos; Welcome address: Mario Santana Quintero; Closing remarks: Grazia Tucci; Moderators: Rebecca Napolitano, Michelle Duong and Joe Kallas; More than 200 in attendance and more than 600 Youtube video views; Link to video recording: https://youtu.be/P_sSX0KDYek
Present your PhD Thesis Short Webinar Series
- Part 1- Arnadi Murtiyoso (INSA Strasbourg, France) presenting ‘Geospatial Recording and Point Cloud Classification of Heritage Buildings’ (26th May 2020); Moderator: Joe Kallas; Link to video recording: https://youtu.be/cVkDgEJxY0Y
- Part 2- Lia Ferrari (Università di Parma, Italy) presenting ‘Securing Damages Churches and Bell Towers: Analysis of costs and techniques of strengthening interventions after the 2012 Emilian earthquake for defining guidelines’ (2nd June 2020); Moderator: Joe Kallas; Link to video recording: https://youtu.be/Y-l6IGwAQlc