Inclusive Cultural Heritage in Europe
through 3D semantic modelling


Prof. Roberto di Giulio
University of Ferrara, Italy


First Newsletter February 2016


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This research project has received funding from the EU's H2020 Reflective framework programme for research and innovation under grant agreement no. 665220

European Union

SBE16 Malta – Europe and Mediterranean Towards a Sustainable Built Environment


16th – 18th March 2016, Valletta, Malta


The International event is a part of the 2016 international Sustainable Built Environment conference series convened under the auspices of the four international organizations: iiSBE, CIB, UNEP-SBCI and FIDIC. EM-SB16 is the first international conference addressing Europe and the Mediterranean Region, organized in the Island State of Malta, at the centre of the Mediterranean sea. The UNESCO World Heritage Baroque city of Valletta, the Capital city of Malta hosted this event providing the perfect setting to meet and discuss trends, challenges and opportunities for a sustainable built environment.


A special session dealing with heritage architecture and IT has been hosted during the Conference in order to introduce INCEPTION contents and results.

This session, entitled “Sustainable Strategies for Cultural Heritage”, was held on 17th March. Several INCEPTION partners participates with lectures by presenting the following topics:


  • Roadmap for IT Research on a Heritage-BIM Interoperable Platform within INCEPTION (RDF, DEMO, CARTIF, NMR, UNIFE, CFR)

  • Common Strategies and Avant-garde Approaches in Terrestrial Laserscanning (Z+F, CUT)

  • Digital Documentation: Sustainable Strategies for Cultural Heritage Assessment and Inspection (UNIFE, CFR)

  • Diagnostic Integrated Procedures aimed at Monitoring, Enhancement and Conservation of Cultural Heritage Sites (UNIFE)

  • 3D Integrated Laser Scanner Survey and Modelling for Accessing and Understanding European Cultural Assets (UNIFE)

  • Risks and Resilience of Cultural Heritage Assets (UL, UNIZAG)

  • The Contribution of GIS for the Sustainable Protection of Monuments: The Case of Erimokastro and Earantapixo Acropolis in Rhodes, Greece (NTUA)



Roberto Di Giulio, Marinos Ioannides and Roko Zarnic were invited as keynote speakers presenting three lectures during the third day of Conference, on 18th March, within the session Cultural Heritage ‐ Sustainable Development: 

  • Cultural Heritage Research Trends in Europe, Roko Zarnic

  • Towards Sustainable access, Enjoyment and Understanding of Cultural Heritage and Historic Settings, Roberto Di Giulio

  • The holistic e-Documentation of the Past: Risks and Challenges (Horizon 2020, INCEPTION), Marinos Ioannides




The international event in Malta gave the opportunity to organize a specific workshop within INCEPTION activities, held on 17th March, and focused on WP1 and WP2 activities.
Participant partners were: UNIFE, UL, UNIZAG, Z+F and NTUA.
During the meeting the Stakeholders questionnaire were discussed, together with ongoing activities related to Deliverable 1.3 and 2.1, and inputs from WP1 to improve a dedicated firmware.




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