Documentation of our cultural heritage is experiencing an explosion of innovation. New tools have appeared in recent decades including laser scanning, rapid prototyping, high dynamic range spherical and infrared imagery, drone photography, augmented and virtual reality and computer rendering in multiple dimensions. These give us visualisations and data that are at once interesting, intriguing and yet sometimes deceptive.
This book provides an objective and integrated approach to the subject, bringing together the techniques of conservation with management, photographic methods, various modelling techniques and the use of unmanned aerial systems. This interdisciplinary approach addresses the need for knowledge about deploying advanced digital technologies and the materials and methods for the assessment, conservation, rehabilitation and maintenance of the sustainability of existing structures and designated historic buildings. Furthermore, this book actively provides the knowhow to facilitate the creation of heritage inventories, assessing risk, and addressing the need for sustainability. In so doing it becomes more feasible to mitigate the threats from inherent and external causes, not only for the built heritage but also for moveable objects and intangible heritage that suffer abandonment and negligence as well as looting and illegal trafficking.
The book is written by a team of international experts based upon their practical experience and expertise. It therefore creates a unique book that encapsulates the knowledge of this discipline required by anyone working in this field.
Introduction – Current Trends in Cultural Heritage and Documentation (Mario Santana Quintero and Rand Eppich)
Conservation Techniques in Cultural Heritage (Minna Silver)
Cultural Heritage Management Tools: The Role of GIS and BIM (Anna Osello and Fulvio Rinaudo)
Basics of Photography for Cultural Heritage Imaging (Geert Verhoeven)
Basics of Image-Based Modelling Techniques in Cultural Heritage 3D Recording (Efstratios Stylianidis, Andreas Georgopoulos and Fabio Remondino)
Basics of Range-Based Modelling Techniques in Cultural Heritage 3D Recording (Pierre Grussenmeyer, Tania Landes, Michael Doneus and José Luis Lerma)
Cultural Heritage Documentation with RPAS/UAV (Fabio Remondino and Efstratios Stylianidis)
Archaeologists, conservators, museum keepers, heritage specialists, authorities, and stakeholders in general; anyone in geomatics involved with the application of such techniques to recording heritage.
‘...this new publication is a welcome addition, highlighting how these 3D techniques can be utilised... ...this well-illustrated volume represents a useful contribution for scholars wishing to gain a better understanding of the underpinnings of 3D recording and documentation’. Medieval Archaeology
‘...I found this book very valuable. It can reach an eclectic audience in providing a broad spectrum of the subject. This book is of major importance for Cultural Heritage 3D recording and management and...an important resource handbook’. International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
'...this new, richly illustrated reference publication on recording and documenting cultural heritage. ... For anyone considering a digital camera for survey purposes ... this chapter  is essential reading, and is rightfully one of the best references currently available on the science behind imaging. ...manages to provide what is probably the most up-to-date reference book on 3D recording, documentation and management of cultural heritage. For any heritage professional, academic, student or interested individual considering applying, acquiring, undertaking or researching digital imaging, photogrammetry, Structure-from-Motion, laser scanning, GIS, BIM or RPAS/UAV within a conservation context, this book should be essential reading before embarking down any one of these rapidly developing technological routes'. Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites
‘...the images in this book, both in colour and high-resolution, play a critical role along with the text. This is a well produced book that is wonderful to read and view. ...I find this book exceptional for its publishing quality, content and production. It clearly includes cutting-edge knowledge, awareness and experience from many contributors involved in cultural heritage processes around the globe...would be very useful to anyone involved in cultural heritage, documentation of history and site preservation and conservation. It can readily serve as a course text in addition to being a reference text. ... I’ve nothing but positive things to say about this book – I think you will too’. 3D Visualization World Magazine (read full review)