Special Issue "3D Modeling and GIS for Historical Sites Reconstruction"

A special issue of ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information (ISSN 2220-9964).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 July 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Sara Gonizzi Barsanti
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Department of Engineering, Università degli Studi della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, Aversa (CE), Caserta, Italy
Interests: 3D reality-based modelling; photogrammetry; laser scanning; FEA; reverse engineering; VR; AR; cultural heritage; monitoring; conservation
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Dr. Mario Santana Quintero
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Carleton University, Ottawa, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, ON, Canada
Interests: Archaeological sites; Architectural conservation; Conservation of cultural heritage; Cultural heritage; Documentation; Geomatics; International cooperation; Risk assessment of cultural sites; Surveying; World Heritage

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

3D modelling can be either from reality (photogrammetry, surveying, laser scanning) or from computer graphic, CAD or procedural methods, but all can be integrated to achieve more complete and photorealistic results. Geoinformatics technologies, such as photogrammetry, laser scanning, remote sensing, and geospatial data science, have an important role in cultural heritage documentation, preservation, information sharing, restoration and reconstruction, minimizing the risk of potential damage. High-accuracy reality-based 3D models obtained with both active and passive 3D acquisition technologies, such as laser scanners, structure from motion (SfM)/image matching (IM) and photogrammetry are currently largely available.  All of these geoinformatics technologies are actively contributing to one or more aspects of heritage reconstruction and conservation. Closely related techniques, such as computer-aided design (CAD) and virtual reality (VR), are also used for heritage protection and promotion and are supported by the outputs from these geoinformatics technologies. BIM provides the possibility to represent all views (3D model, plans, sections, elevations, and details) automatically and offers improved visualization and coordination between drawings. GIS has long been used for heritage spatial database management to improve planning and preservation. Combined with web mapping, they have been applied for heritage documentation. The creation of geodatabases connected to 3D cultural heritage data can help in creating large, interactive digital archives of easy consultation. This point is of great importance for the accurate reconstruction of a site because it correlates 2D and 3D data, descriptions, information, bibliography, images and notes.  3D heritage models from reality-based techniques, CAD and procedural methods can be integrated into GIS and provide an interoperable framework for geometry, semantics, topology and appearance modeling for better documentation, reconstruction, visualization and analysis.

Topics include but are not limited to:

  • 3D reality-based survey (photogrammetry, laser scanning, UAV);
  • 3D modelling (CAD/CAM);
  • 3D reconstruction, VR, AR;
  • Combination of 3D reality-based and 3D reconstruction for VR/AR;
  • BIM/HBIM for monitoring;
  • GIS and geodatabase constructions for storing and querying data;
  • Combination of 3D data (reality-based, CAD, BIM) and GIS for cultural heritage documentation.

Dr. Sara Gonizzi Barsanti
Dr. Mario Santana Quintero
Guest Editors

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  • GIS
  • 3D modeling
  • CAD
  • Procedural modeling
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Photogrammetry
  • Laser scanning
  • Virtual reconstruction
  • Integration
  • Metadata
  • Geoinformatics technologies
  • BIM
  • HBIM
  • Archaeological sites
  • Reconstruction

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Digital Graphic Documentation and Architectural Heritage: Deformations in a 16th-Century Ceiling of the Pinelo Palace in Seville (Spain)
ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2021, 10(2), 85; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijgi10020085 - 19 Feb 2021
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Suitable graphic documentation is essential to ascertain and conserve architectural heritage. For the first time, accurate digital images are provided of a 16th-century wooden ceiling, composed of geometric interlacing patterns, in the Pinelo Palace in Seville. Today, this ceiling suffers from significant deformation. [...] Read more.
Suitable graphic documentation is essential to ascertain and conserve architectural heritage. For the first time, accurate digital images are provided of a 16th-century wooden ceiling, composed of geometric interlacing patterns, in the Pinelo Palace in Seville. Today, this ceiling suffers from significant deformation. Although there are many publications on the digital documentation of architectural heritage, no graphic studies on this type of deformed ceilings have been presented. This study starts by providing data on the palace history concerning the design of geometric interlacing patterns in carpentry according to the 1633 book by López de Arenas, and on the ceiling consolidation in the 20th century. Images were then obtained using two complementary procedures: from a 3D laser scanner, which offers metric data on deformations; and from photogrammetry, which facilitates the visualisation of details. In this way, this type of heritage is documented in an innovative graphic approach, which is essential for its conservation and/or restoration with scientific foundations and also to disseminate a reliable digital image of the most beautiful ceiling of this Renaissance palace in southern Europe. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue 3D Modeling and GIS for Historical Sites Reconstruction)
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