Digital Tools for Heritage Management

Digital Tools for Heritage Management:

3D Laser Scanning and Photogrammetry Field School

Nafplion, Peloponnese, Grece

21 May, 2018 to 16 June, 2018

The digitization field school will introduce students to a broad range of 3D recording and mapping techniques. Students will be provided with hands-on instruction in these methods on site in the historical structures of Nafplion. Students will record the site’s extensive architectural remains using terrestrial laser scanning, GIS and GPS. The skills learned should allow students to work in digitization of any other site thereafter.

The field school is a collaborative effort between the Heritage Management Organization and its partners: the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies at the University of Arkansas, Faveteville (CAST), and Leica Geomatics. The Heritage Management Organization has been asked by the municipality of Nafplion, the first capital of modern Greece, to document its historic city center and its most significant historical structures. Using professional-grade laser scanners, the objective of this project is to record the structural data of these buildings, properly orient them to one another in virtual space, and georeference the data collected to ultimately create a computer generated representation of historic Nafplion. This representation will be used as an essential tool in heritage management for any restoration, documentation or visualisation projects.

The field school will serve as the educational arm of a larger Heritage Management Organization research project in collaboration with CAST, ETH Zurich, Leica and other partners aiming to create and promote applications for the use of 3D documentation for universally applicable heritage management.

Field School Objectives

The field school will introduce students to a broad range of 3D recording and mapping techniques. Students will be provided with hands-on instruction in these methods using terrestrial laser scanning, photogrammetry, GNSS and GIS. The skills learned will be universally applicable, allowing students to work in the digitization of any site around the world.


There are no prerequisites. Students should be aware that this is an archaeological project and work will be done mostly outdoors; weather conditions, therefore, will have an impact on work and students should come prepared for any weather conditions, especially hot, dry, and sunny.

The language of instruction is English.

Program Fees & Course Credit

The participation cost for this program is $5000. This covers all course costs including: registration; tuition; program materials; shared accommodation; one meal per day (excluding free days).  Airfare and optional trips on free days are not included in the program cost.

There is a number of post-graduate tutorial half-fellowships available for this field school– they are awarded after acceptance into the program, so please apply early for eligibility. Please contact us for more information

If  you would like to take this course for credit, the suggested credit amount for this program is equivalent to one nine credit semester / term course, based on contact hours, field work, and course content.  We prefer to allow students’ home institutions to calculate credit hours and award credit accordingly.  We will support your request for credit by supplying any relevant documentation and or supporting materials.


Students will be housed in rooms at the Maria Radou Foundation in Nafplion’s center. Rooms are shared and full board meals are catered (some special dietary needs may be accommodated, please contact us for details).

Project Directors

  • Dr. Cornelis Stal, University College Ghent, Belgium
  • Dr. Michele Curuni, Leica Geosystems HDS, Italy
  • Dr. Evangelos Kyriakidis, The Heritage Management Organization

Find an indicative Syllabus here.

Application Deadline (for 2018): 13 April, 2018

Please apply for 2018 or 2019 and visit again for updates!

You may fill out an application form here!

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