Track 1: DOCUMENTATION AND DIAGNOSTICS – UNDERSTANDING HISTORIC PLACES / Volet 1 : Documentation et diagnostic – Comprendre les lieux historiques

Digital Documentation and Modelling for the Cultural Landscape

Saturday, October 14
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Digital heritage, the use of reality capture technologies to digitally recreate historic sites, has become common as a means for both conservation and interpretation. It is an effective method to conduct documentation, monitor change, and increase accessibility, especially for remote and seldom visited sites. The application of these technologies, however, remains focused on individual historic sites and buildings. With a growing interest in and recognition of the value of landscape-level heritage, an important question that arises is how digital heritage technologies can be adapted to large sites and cultural landscapes. Effective models for such sites offer invaluable information for site managers along with engaging possibilities for raising awareness, creating educational programming, and providing a forum for community participation. Moreover, such large-scale digital modelling offers an opportunity to present information about tangible and intangible heritage significance to land-use decision makers, leading to more informed and ideally respectful planning choices.
Through a discussion of case studies in Alberta, including the Brooks Aqueduct National Historic Site and the upper Red Deer River Basin, this presentation will explore digital heritage insights and technologies, including terrestrial laser scanning, 3D imaging, community and GIS mapping, and interactive storytelling to demonstrate innovative new techniques for documenting and presenting large-scale historic sites and cultural landscapes.

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Jon Weller

Doctoral Student
University of Calgary

Jon Weller is currently a Doctoral Student in the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary where he explores the intersection of heritage and landscape management in Alberta. His work is informed by his past experience and study as an environmental historian, film maker, public historian, and community development advocate.


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Mario Santana

Mario Santana-Quintero, is an associate professor on Architectural Conservation and Sustainability at department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Carleton University. He is also the Director of the NSERC Create program “Engineering Students Supporting Heritage and Sustainability (HERITAGEENGINEERING)” based at the Carleton immersive Media Studio Lab (CIMS). He has an architectural degree, holding a master in conservation of historic buildings and towns and a PhD in Engineering from the R. Lemaire International Centre for Conservation (University of Leuven). He is also a guest professor at the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation (University of Leuven). These past years he has been teaching also at the Universidad Central de Venezuela, Universidad de Guadalajara (Mexico) and Universidad de Cuenca (Ecuador). In the past, he was a Professor at the University College St Lieven and lecturer at the University of Aachen RWTH and the Historic Preservation Programme at the University of Pennsylvania between 2006 and 2011. Along with his academic activities, he serves as ICOMOS Board member and he is the past president of the ICOMOS Scientific Committee on Heritage Documentation (CIPA). Furthermore, he has collaborated in several international projects in the field of heritage documentation for UNESCO, The Getty Conservation Institute, ICCROM, World Monuments Fund, UNDP, Welfare Association, and the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage.


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