In memoriam Prof. Gabriele Fangi – Distinguished Executive Member of CIPA Heritage Documentation

It is with deep sadness and grief that the family of CIPA Heritage Documentation announces the demise of Prof. Gabriele Fangi, former Geomatics Professor at the Università Politecnica delle Marche in Ancona, Italy, and former member of CIPA Executive Board. Gabriele passed away on January 17th, 2020 after a brief illness at the age of 75.


Rigorous, passionate, humble and reserved expert and scholar of photogrammetric theory, he developed original solutions to facilitate the metric documentation of cultural heritage, in particular using spherical photogrammetry. He had an outstanding contribution to Italy’s and World’s cultural heritage sector, while he worked diligently to make CIPA and heritage documentation truly a world body. He worked in many countries around the world, particularly in Syria, where he dedicated lots of his work with unparallel passion. Recently he published the book “Reviving Palmyra in Multiple Dimensions: Images, Ruins and Cultural Memory” together with Minna Silver and Ahmet Denker.


His smile, his dedication to safeguarding cultural heritage, his ability to work with different professionals in diverse situations has made him a much-respected colleague, both nationally and internationally. He was an inspiring scientist, someone to admire and envy for the way he focused and vigorously persisted in achieving his targets.


Recently, during the 27th CIPA Symposium in 2019 in Avila, Spain, we were fortunate to having heard him as an invited speaker presenting his work all these years in Syria. It happened to be his last public appearance in CIPA of a long and distinguished career.
While CIPA joins his beloved wife Silvana and his family to share the unbearable loss, we are proud to have been associated with one of the most tender colleagues we ever had in our cultural heritage documentation community.


CIPA 2019 discussion on ethics

The 27th international CIPA symposium will host a discussion on ethical issues regarding heritage recording.

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Research and Education in Urban History

The CIPA Workshop on Research and Education in Urban History in the Age of Digital Libraries takes place on October 10-11, 2019 at the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum in Dresden, Germany. It is co-located with the Time Machine Conference 2019.

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Second call for European-funded Tech4Culture PhD

CIPA wants to draw your attention to Tech4Culture, a doctoral programme that is specifically focused on technologies applied to cultural heritage. The program is organised by the University of Torino (Italy), with the support of the European Commission and the banking foundation Compagnia di San Paolo. All information about Tech4Culture can be found on the official webpage.

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6th CIPA summer school

CIPA is happy to announce its 6th Heritage Documentation Summer School on “Cultural Heritage 3D Surveying and Modelling” which will take place from 14-20 July 2019 in Gyeongju, Republic of Korea. As with the past five 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.

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CIPA 2021 call

CIPA – Heritage Documentation announces an open call for the hosting of the 28th CIPA International Symposium to be held in late summer 2021.

Candidates interested in applying to this call, should complete this dedicated application and send it to the Secretary General until 28 June 2019.

All applications will be discussed during the Executive Board meeting at the 27th CIPA International Symposium, organised in Avila, 1-5 September 2019 . The applicants will be invited to offer a presentation (20-30 minutes) and respond to questions.

Underwater 3D recording & modelling 2019

From the 2nd to the 5th of May 2019, the second Underwater 3D recording & modelling workshop will take place in Limassol, Cyprus. The event follows up on a first successful workshop held in 2015 in Sorrento.

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CIPA School in Manila

In January 2019, CIPA will have its first photogrammetry field school in Manila (the Philippines). More information about this activity can be found on this webpage.

CIPA 2019 Ávila

The 27th international CIPA symposium will take place in Ávila (Spain) from the 1st to the 5th of September 2019. This symposium will be the second international congress that CIPA-ICOMOS celebrates in Spain after twenty-seven years. Feel welcome to join nearly half a thousand experts in cultural heritage documentation and conservation.

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3D-ARCH 2019

From the 6th to the 8th of February 2019, ISPRS and CIPA organise the 8th International Workshop 3D-ARCH “3D Virtual Reconstruction and Visualization of Complex Architectures“. 3D-ARCH is a series of international workshops which started in 2005 in Venice and moved throughout the years to Zurich (2007), Trento (2009, 2011, 2013), Avila (2015) and and Napflio (2017).

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