2024 CIPA Summer School

Be prepared for a unique experience!

document, survey and model cultural heritage

Rhodes, Greece | May 19-25, 2024

The 2024 CIPA Heritage Documentation summer school will bring together the extensive expertise of internationally renowned tutors and competent instructors in 3D documentation and modelling for Cultural heritage.

Combined with the vast experience of the organizers in knowledge & technology transfer events will constitute a unique opportunity for all interested participants top benefit to the maximum and familiarize themselves with reality-based 3D surveying, geoinformation technologies and modelling techniques in Cultural heritage.

The school will feature short theoretical lectures, but mainly will be focussed on practical implementation in the field for data acquisition at different object scales and in the lab for data processing. (Check Event Schedule)

The participants will work in small groups and with the help of the tutors and the instructors they will implement photogrammetry, laser scanning and surveying techniques. In addition, they will familiarize themselves with practical application of multi-band photography for Cultural Heritage. The results of each group will be presented during the last day.

The organizers will provide enough instrumentation for all participants. They are only required to bring a laptop along with medium to high specs. If possible, also a digital camera. Enough software licenses will also be provided by the organizers.


Em. Prof. Andreas Georgopoulos
National Technical University of Athens, Greece

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Andreas Georgopoulos is basically a Surveyor Engineer, who fell in love with Photogrammetry about 40 years ago. Hence he obtained his MSc and PhD (UCL) on this subject and afterwards he chose to teach it to younger students of Surveying as a Professor at NTUA, Lab of Photogrammetry. Cultural Heritage and Monuments are his second love and all these years he is trying to make the one work for the other with some success. He teaches Photogrammetry and Monument Recording to undergraduate and postgraduate students of Surveying and Architecture. His research activities include all kinds of contemporary optical methods for geometrically documenting monuments of all sizes. Among others, he has worked for the geometric documentation of Knossos (in Crete), of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (in Jerusalem), of the Dafni Monastery (in Athens), of monasteries on Mount Athos, Byzantine Churches in Cyprus and many more monuments all over Greece.

Prof. Mario Santana Quintero
Carleton University, Canada

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Professor Santana Quintero has contributed to conserving precious world heritage sites worldwide thanks to his innovative digital documentation methods. He is cross-appointed in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism, both in the Faculty of Engineering and Design at Carleton University. Also, Carleton Immersive Media Studio Lab (CIMS) faculty member. Besides his academic work in Canada, he served as immediate past Secretary-General of the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), treasurer of ICOMOS Canada, and he is one the Honorary President of the ICOMOS Scientific Committee on Heritage Documentation (CIPA). He has collaborated on several international projects in heritage documentation for The Getty Conservation Institute and UNESCO, among others. In recent years, he was awarded a Doctorate Honoris Causa from the University of Liege (Belgium) and the Association of Preservation Technology College of Fellows membership.

Prof. Francesco Fassi
Politecnico di Milano, Italy

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He graduated in Environmental and Territorial Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Milan in 2001. He received his Ph.D. in Geodesy and Geomatics with honors with a thesis entitled “Integration of traditional and innovative technologies for the survey and modeling of cultural heritage” Since 2003, he has devoted his research to surveying techniques and methodologies in Cultural Heritage. He is currently an associate professor at the Politecnico di Milano and teaches courses in Advanced Surveying Techniques, Topography, and Photogrammetry. He is the scientific coordinator of 3DSurveyGroup and a member of the laboratory He.Su.Tech of Politecnico di Miano Mantua Hub – UNESCO Chair. He boasts several collaborations in national and international research projects. He has more than 130 publications in surveying, BIM/HBIM, and measurement in general. He is a member of ICOMOS Italy. He is an expert member of CIPA (International Committee on Architectural Photogrammetry) and serves on the Executive Committee of CIPA, of which he is chair for the working group “Technology”

Prof. Mona Hess
University of Bamberg, Germany

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Mona Hess has graduate degrees in architecture from Munich University of Technology, heritage conservation from University of Bamberg, both Germany, and a PhD in 3D imaging metrology for cultural heritage from University College London (UK) in 2015. She has a 19-year-experience in interdisciplinary research projects for 3D imaging metrology and digital documentation for cultural heritage buildings and museum artefacts. Since 2017 she is full professor and course director for the new M.Sc. in Digital Technologies in Heritage Conservation at the University of Bamberg, Germany, and was vice-womens’ officer of the university 2019 to 2022. She is also co-chair at the Centre for Innovative Applications of Computer Science and vice-chair at the Centre for Heritage Conservation Studies and Technologies (KDWT) at the University of Bamberg. She has published papers and book chapters in the cultural heritage and geomatics community (CIPA and ISPRS) She has been an expert member at CIPA since 2019. She will be on the executive committee of CIPA from 2024 as Commission Chair for Education and Dissemination together with Prof. Dr. Andreas Georgopoulos.

Prof. José Luis Lerma
Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain

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José Luis Lerma is a Full Professor at the Department of Cartographic Engineering, Geodesy and Photogrammetry, Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), Spain. He is an Engineer and Doctor in Geodesy and Cartography. Prof. Lerma is a specialist in imaging and 3D scanning. He has extensively published scientific papers and learning manuscripts in subjects related to 2D/3D imaging, range-based devices and multispectral sensors in cultural heritage, engineering, metrology and medicine. Nowadays, he is the Editor-in-Chief of the Virtual Archaeology Review, a member of the Executive Committee (Commission Chair – Technologies for Cultural Heritage Geometric Documentation) of CIPA Heritage Documentation, Head of the Photogrammetry & Laser Scanning Research Group (GIFLE, http://gifle.webs.upv.es), and Coordinator of the PhD Programme in Geomatics Engineering (UPM-UPV). Additional information and numbers can be found on the UPV webpage: http://www.upv.es/ficha-personal/jllerma.

Prof. Dimitrios Skarlatos
Cyprus University of Technology

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Dimitrios Skarlatos is Professor in the department of Civil Engineering and Geomatics in Cyprus University of Technology, vice Dean of Engineering and Technology faculty. Part of his research is focusing on UAV archaeological site mapping and 3D recording of CH objects, such as monuments and museum exhibits. He is the lead surveyor in Mazotos shipwreck, underwater excavation, since 2010 and has been involved in two more shipwreck’s 3D reconstruction. Prof. Skarlatos has successfully coordinated iMARECULTURE, a Research and Innovation project (RIA), under a call for virtual museums. The project focused in promoting maritime cultural heritage, through several XR applications and serious games. He is the EuroSDR academic delegate of Cyprus (since 2010, https://www.eurosdr.net/people/skarlatos), co-chair in ISPRS WG II/7 for Underwater Data Acquisition and Processing (2016-2026), and CIPA Commission Chair for Technologies for Cultural Heritage Geometric Documentation (2024-2027).


Margarita Skamantzari

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Margarita Skamantzari holds a M. Eng. Diploma in Rural, Surveying and Geomatics Engineering (2017) as well as a M. Sc. in Protection of Monuments: Conservation and Restoration of Historic Buildings and Sites (2019). Currently, she is a research collaborator at the Lab of Photogrammetry of the School of Rural, Surveying and Geomatics Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens while for the past five years, she has been working as a freelance consultant in the Documentation of Monuments. Her professional experience primarily focuses on the geometric documentation of monuments. For the last four years, she worked on various research projects with the responsibility of 3D Modelling and Reconstruction, Geometric Documentation, Laser Scanning and VR/AR applications. Since 2019 she is a CIPA Member and she participated as an instructor at the 6th CIPA Summer school in Gyeongju, South Korea (2019), at the ICOMOS + CIPA Photogrammetry Field School in Manila, Philippines (2019) and at the 8th CIPA Spring School in Montecatini Terme, Italy (2023).

Sevi Tapinaki

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Sevasti Tapinaki, Surveyor Engineer NTUA with master in Geoinformation, is a teaching laboratory staff of the Laboratory of Photogrammetry of School of Rural, Surveying and Geoinformatics Engineering of National Technical University of Athens. She participates to the teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate courses and to the supervision of practice, exercises and diploma thesis. Her scientific interests focus on photogrammetry, 3D modeling and texture mapping, applications of computer vision techniques, the development and management of GIS and Databases, emphasising on Geometric Documentation of Cultural Heritage.

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Dr. Panagiotis Agrafiotis

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Dr. Panagiotis Agrafiotis is a postdoctoral researcher at the Remote Sensing and Image Analysis group of Technical University of Berlin, awarded with a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship, funded by HORIZON EU. He is working in the intersection of 3D computer vision, remote sensing and machine learning, focusing on space-/air-borne image-based bathymetric mapping and image analysis. He holds an Engineering Doctorate, a M. Eng. Diploma in Rural and Surveying Engineering and a M.Sc. in Geoinformatics from the National Technical University of Athens. During his studies, he earned various awards and travel grants and a full PhD Scholarship. In 2020, his team 3[Deep]Vision, won the 1st Prize of the integrated Geomatics solution awarded by the EU Agency for the Space Programme. The last 9 years he worked on more than 17 research projects. He is author of 37 scientific publications and serves as as a reviewer in 24 journals of high impact factor.

Thodoris Betsas

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Thodoris Betsas is a PhD Candidate at the Laboratory of Photogrammetry SRSGE NTUA since 2022. His research interest is on Photogrammetry, 3D Computer Vision and Remote Sensing and more specifically 3D Semantic Segmentation using data from various sensors (Images, Laser Scanner, LiDAR etc). He has two publications and participation in one EU projects. Lastly, he participates as assistant staff in two undergraduate courses (Photogrammetry I and Digital Photogrammetry), in two on going diploma theses and one master project exercise.

Andriana Kontoudaki

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Andrianna Kontoudaki is a researcher at the Lab. of Photogrammetry of the Department of Rural, Surveying and Geoinformatics Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece. She obtained a diploma in Rural, Surveying and Geoinformatics Engineering from NTUA (2021), and she is currently doing her master in the Monuments’ protection. Conservation of Building Materials. In addition, in the context of her postgraduated research that takes place in the Lab. of Photogrammetry of NTUA and the Lab of Chemical Engineering, she is dealing with the 3D geometrical documentation of building materials and damages, and more specifically, the case of the Library of Pantainos.  She has been awarded by Thomaidion Foundation, because of her publication “HBIM Library Development for a Doric Temple Column” in International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS). She is also a member of the excavational program of Ancient Tenea (Tenea Project) (2022 – 2023). 

Efstratios Koutros

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Koutros Efstratios was born in Kalamata, Greece in 1995. He holds a Diploma in Rural and Surveying Engineer and a Master Degree in Protection of Monuments in the field of Conservation of Building Materials in School of Architecture, both in National and Technical University of Athens. Right now he is studying for his second Master Degree by research in Intelligent Computer Systems and in particular around Heritage Building Information Modeling. During his scholarship he has taken part in several projects regarding geometric documentation of monuments and archaeological sites through new technologies such us photogrammetry and laser scanning. He has participated in the excavation project “Finding Ancient Tenea” in Chiliomodi, Greece, while at the same time he was part of the EU project HYPERION. Currently he is involved in the restoration project of Mytilene’s Castle in Lesvos island, in behalf of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Lesvos. He has experience and knowledge in software related to Photogrammetry, 3D Reconstruction, Drawing and Image Processing.

Lena Sirokou

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Eleni Syrokou holds a Diploma Degree at Rural and Survey Engineering Department of National Technical University of Athens. She has also received a Master Degree in the Field of Protection of Monuments with emphasis on the Conservation and Restoration of Historic Buildings and Sites. Since 2022 she participates in the restoration of the Ottoman Sanctuary School (Medreses) in the castle of Mytilene on behalf of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Lesvos.
She has already embarked in several projects related to geometric documentation of monuments, using digital methods of data collection and processing. During 2018 – 2021 she participated in the excavation project of Ancient Tenea, in Chiliomodi, Greece. In 2020 she was a researcher in the EU project Hyperion. She is aware of software related to photogrammetry, 3d modeling and texture mapping.

Argyri Vienna

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Studied in the school of Rural, Surveying and Geoinformatics Engineering, with major in the scientific field of photogrammetry in the Department of Topography (2014 – 2020).
Student in the Post Graduate Programme “Protection of Monuments” in the School of Architecture – NTUA (2022 – present).

Work experience:
Freelance Surveyor since 2020.
Topographical support of the excavation project of a Mycenaean palace in Agios Vasilios hill, near Xirokambi Laconia, Greece.
Participation in the research program ¨Investigation of automated passive and of active methods for the 3D modeling of objects¨ for the performing research aimed at optimizing the image orientation process from UAVs and the production of large-scale archaeological orthophoto maps.
Participation in the project ¨Geometric Documentation of the monumental cemetery complex at necropolis of Ancient Rhodes¨.
Participation in the project ¨Geometric Documentation of the Archaeological Site of Asklepieion on Kos island¨.

Spoken Languages:
Greek, English, Italian

Rhodes, Greece | May 19-25, 2024