THE DIGITALIZATION PROJECT OF THE VATICAN MUSEUMS PASSES FROM UMBRIA

06/11/2017 - Città del Vaticano

Aldo Pascucci, Archimede Administrator


Archimede Arte, division of the Perugia-based company Archimede S.r.l. which has been dealing with technological innovation since 1993, after the experience in the field of voice recognition technology, the organization of operational management of Human Resources expanded in recent years to adopt the principles of Industry 4.0, was born following project activity carried out in 2012 and 2013 with the Direction of the Vatican Museums for the digitization of all the buildings and the works embedded in them.

Since 2014 Archimede Arte, with the highly specialized contribution of other companies and professionals in the area, has started the phase of artistic surveys on the artistic heritage of the Vatican Museums, the most fascinating museum complex in the world visited every day by more than 27,000 people and by over 6 million visitors a year.

The Archimede Arte division of the Perugian company has in fact designed and implemented the digitization in a 3D model of the areas of the Vatican Museums (the Gregorian Etruscan Museum, the Chiaramonti Museum, the Braccio Nuovo , the Pio Clementino Museum, the Raphael Rooms, the Nicolina Chapel, the Borgia Tower, the Cortile della Pigna, the Scala del Bramante and the entire body of the Sistine Chapel) within the GIS Project (Geographic Information System ), still in progress, approved and promoted by the Governorate of the Vatican City, by the Direction of the Vatican Museums and by prof. Antonio Paolucci, Director of the Vatican Museums from 2007 to 2016 as well as Minister for Cultural and Environmental Heritage from 1995 to 1996.
The importance of the project was reiterated by the current Director Barbara Jatta during the presentation event Digitization and Modeling 3D of 12 October 2017.

By means of the sophisticated technology used by Archimede Arte it was possible to create a three-dimensional model of the artistic heritage of the surveyed areas (including floors, walls, vaults, columns, capitals, and frescoes ) from which it is possible to extract plans, sections and elevations of these unique buildings.

Laser scanner tools and other highly professional technologies - including panoramic heads and HD cameras used to detect properties with a precision greater than a millimeter pixel and the graphic processing software have allowed extremely vivid and meticulous three-dimensional representations in the quality of detail, easily exportable and usable on management platforms.
"The project, conceived by Archimede Arte jointly with the Technological and General Inventory Offices of the Vatican Museums, allows first of all to know the current situation of the places, buildings and of the works of the most important museum in the world "declares Aldo Pascucci, owner and administrator of the company, who adds" This survey, of very high quality and infinitesimal precision, allows, through georeferencing, to be able to reconstruct with a very long phase of re-elaboration and use of particular software, buildings, wall thicknesses, joining of warehouses and openings, difficult to imagine due to the extension of the buildings, the architectural complexity and additional constructions that over the centuries have continuously changed the structure of the buildings and their access. ”
This enormous work of knowledge, translated and transformed into a digital set of information, it is also the way to catalog and "safeguard" in the state in which it is located, this imposing artistic heritage.

We hope that this will be replicated at all levels in Italy, in the individual regions, municipalities , dioceses, monasteries, cathedrals and abbeys to allow the knowledge and protection of this immense artistic and cultural heritage that has been handed down to us over the centuries.
Certainly digitization cannot physically preserve the works from neglect and natural events, but can undoubtedly safeguard knowledge for the benefit of the new generations.
Furthermore, the project provides that from the digitization and database of data, clouds and photographs, all the staff of the Vatican Museums Offices will be able to make use of this graphic and geo-referenced platform, through application features of the software provided by Archimede Arte; these functions will allow the cataloging of each component of a frescoed wall, the operational and integrated management of other information being able to represent the restoration activities carried out directly on the work, the cleaning and dusting services to be performed, represent the sensors on the frescoed walls, the disposition of the custodians in real time in the rooms, monitoring of visitors.

This project, realized with the contribution of the other Umbrian companies involved by Archimede Arte, will make it possible to reuse digital material in many other forms: first of all , the fascinating 360 ° virtual tours that the Vatican Museums have already partially published on their website, visited by millions of web surfers.
Archimede Arte has started other collaborations aimed at the knowledge, protection and enhancement of assets cultural and artistic with the University of Perugia and the Academy of Fine Arts of Perug ia.

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