Spanish thesis success

As part of the CHT2 project development, two research studies where presented in the Higher Polytechnic School of Avila during July 2017.

The researcher Belén Jimenez Fernández-Palacios defended her PhD thesis, entitled “Planning, Surveying, Modelling and Visualization Techniques in the Field of Cultural Heritage”. Her thesis reports investigation of documentation, modeling and visualization of architectural heritage by means of geotechnologies that try to gather three critical factors: (i) automation of processes; (ii) generation of dense 3D models of high geometric and radiometric quality and (iii) the use of low-cost devices. This international thesis includes one scientific contribution related with the CHT2 project. In particular, a methodology for standardizing hybrid approaches and visualizing heterogeneous datasets through virtual web platforms focused on 4D analysis is analysed and proposed.

Moreover, the masters student Angel Guerra Campo also collaborated with the CHT2 project in his master thesis entitled “Modeling of Architectural Cultural Heritage Through Time by Inverse Engineering”. In particular, he performed an analysis of the current remains of the Alcázar of Ávila together with the available historical documentation to implement a 3D reconstruction of three main temporal intervals: (i) actual state, (ii) its use as barracks (XVIII century), and (iii) the original citadel (XVI-XVII century).

New funding for CHT2 UK case study

Newcastle University has been successful in securing additional funding to continue the CHT2 UK case study on Hadrian’s Wall. Approximately £75k of funding has been secured from the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Iapetus Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) in partnership with English Heritage and Historic England. The PhD, entitled “Assessing and predicting natural environmental impacts on cultural heritage landscapes: a case study on Hadrian’s Wall” will commence in September 2017 and run for 3.5 years. The new research programme will overlap with the closing stages of the current JPI-CH project, funded in the UK by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), building on the legacy of CHT2. The overall aim of the new programme is to assess the vulnerability of tangible cultural heritage to natural hazards under a changing climate regime, demonstrating this on an iconic monument of international renown.

New team member for CHT2

Last week the CHT2 project welcomed its newest member, when Karolina Fieber gave birth to Baby Emilian Amram. Emilian was born at 20:31 on Tuesday 11th April 2017 and weighed in at 3.3 kg. Congratulations to Karolina and Jake on the expansion of their family, from everyone involved in the project!

CHT2 at 3D-Arch 2017 conference

As well as organising a project meeting at 3d-Arch, the CHT2 project was also well represented in the technical programme. The conference, which took place in Nafplio, Greece, from 1st to 3rd March included an oral presentation by the USAL unit on the CHT2 methodology. The POLIMI (below) and NCL groups also presented poster presentations on their case studies. Papers are available in the Resources section of the website.

Third CHT2 Meeting

The CHT2 project has met today in Nafplio (Greece), in the framework of the 3DARC conference (http://www.3d-arch.org), for a midterm update about the various activities at M18.

The whole Description Of Work (DOW) of the project was reviewed and discussed by all the partners, defining strategies for respecting the various commitments despite the administrative difficulties met, not depending on the partners will.

The actual individual at the meeting were: Jon Mills from Newcastle University (NCL); Diego Gonzàles Aguilera and Pablo Rodríguez Gonzálvez from University of Salamanca (USAL); Slawomir Mikrut form Scientific Stanisław Staszic Association (SSSA); Gabriele Guidi and Sara Gonizzi Barsanti from Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI).