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Digital tools, processes, and innovative systems in cultural heritage documentation and underground utility networks

Speaker: Stratos Stylianidis, Associate Professor, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Series: Heritage Structures Program Seminar Series
Location: Engineering Quad E225
Date/Time: Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 12:30:00 p.m. - 01:30:00 p.m.


Part I:
Tools, processes and innovative systems for cultural heritage digital documentation

Cultural heritage is the soul of the people and societies; it is their asset but at the same time their responsibility. It is rewarding humanity by providing the classical and universal values. It provides the panhuman framework of mutual  understanding, respect, liberty and expression. The protection of cultural heritage is a matter for all and its documentation the first step towards preservation. The first part of his talk starts with the context of cultural heritage documentation, the international framework on documentation by international charters and  conventions, and the real needs that push organizations and people to operate in this process. Various sensors and platforms, both from image-based and range-based technology explain how we go from the object to the 3D model. Commercial and open source tools for data processing, management and representation are presented as well. The presentation of innovative (mobile) mapping systems enabling data capture and management of cultural heritage related information is closing this first part.

Part II:
A Location-Based Services, AR-GIS assistive system for underground utilities

Utility fieldwork can be a real headache even with precise maps at hand. Admitting that they rapidly manage to locate the sought network, workers may end up damaging grids belonging to someone else. This type of scenario will soon be  avoidable thanks to an assistive device developed under the LARA project. The  LARA device promise is to provide field workers with the ability to ‘see beneath  the ground’. Concretely, the device combines GNSS technology, 3D GIS technology and geospatial databases with computer graphics and augmented reality in order to render complex 3D models of underground networks — be it sewage pipes, gas conduits or electricity cables. The second part of his talk is dedicated to the presentation of LARA project, a project co-funded by the European Commission.


Stratos StylianidisStratos Stylianidis is Associate Professor at the School of Spatial Planning and  Development, Faculty of Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He obtained his MSc and PhD in Surveying Engineering and Photogrammetry respectively. His main teaching and research interests are in photogrammetry and geospatial engineering. He focus on the intersection of geospatial engineering and ICT for the benefit natural and built environment. He has participated in many heritage recording and documentation campaigns (churches, castles, ancient theatres, archaeological excavations and sites, historical buildings etc.) in Cyprus, Greece and Italy. He served as ICOMOS Cyprus Secretary General for the period 2003-2009. For the period 2015-2018 he is the Secretary General of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee, International Committee of Architectural Photogrammetry (CIPA – Heritage  Documentation), acting also as the editor of CIPA newsletter. He is one of the co-organizers of the CIPA summer schools ‘Cultural heritage 3D surveying and  modelling’ (takes place every year during summer time). He is the author of 2 theses, 1 book, 70 scientific publications in journals and conferences, 7 invited chapters in books as well as the editor of 2 books. He has participated in more than 49 national and mainly international research projects, 8 of which as the  scientific and project coordinator. The last 10 years (2008 - 2018), he raised more than $27.5 million as research funding. He received scholarships from the State  Scholarship Foundation (Greece), the Greek Technical Chamber and the A. G. Leventis Foundation. As EU-H2020 LARA project coordinator, he received the European Satellite Navigation Competition 2017 award (Madrid Challenge).