12/10/2017 - Città del Vaticano

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Since 2014, the Vatican Museums have launched the "GIS (Geographic Information System) Project", a digital survey of real estate and artistic heritage of inestimable value aimed at creating three-dimensional models that can be easily exported and used on management platforms, with a considerable level of detail.

Archimede S.r.l. had the pleasure and honor of participating, thanks to the professionalism of its collaborators, in all the design phases and carrying out the laser and photogrammetric survey of all areas of the monumental museum complex: the Gregorian Etruscan Museum, the Chiaramonti Museum, the Braccio Nuovo, the Pio Clementino Museum, the Raphael Rooms, the Nicolina Chapel, the Borgia Tower, the Pigna Courtyard, the Bramante Staircase, and the body of the Sistine Chapel.

These findings laser scanners at the highest level of detail lead to the creation of the point cloud, to the 3D representations that are used in the fascinating 360 ° virtual tours of the Vatican Museums and in other projects, which will allow users to admire in all their unique and fascinating splendor the details of statues, frescoes, marbles, plaster casts and many other precious works.

The Vatican Museums, commissioning this project, proved to be an avant-garde reality uardia in order to preserve and disseminate the millennial beauty of artistic works by making use of advanced technology for the cataloging and management of artistic heritage, able to combine multiple data sources in order to increase knowledge and enhancement of cultural heritage.

As reported on the Vatican Museums website, in fact:
"The aim of the project is to create a virtual" viewer "of the Museum in which to represent the heterogeneous data collected by other IT systems and to be used as a container of information native to the system. Within such a system, information from archives that are now separate, such as historical documents, restoration reports, inventory records of movable and immovable works, image archives, management information can be placed and related. The data can in fact be linked, grouped and geo-referenced according to the needs of individual users. "

The project was the topic of the meeting of Il Giovedì dei Musei on 12 October entitled" Digitization and 3D Modeling . Application of Geographic Information Systems for the cataloging and management of Heritage ", which was held at the Conference Room of the Vatican Museums in the presence of the Director Barbara Jatta, Alessandra Uncini, Head of the General Inventory and Central Catalog and Luca Della Giovampaola , Head of the Technological Support Office.

The Archimedes company thanks once again for the trust placed in the Governorate of the Vatican City and the Direction of the Vatican Museums, as well as for the appreciation shown for the results of the surveys of the splendid artistic heritage of the museum.


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