Application of digital heritage documentation for condition assessments and monitoring change in Uzbekistan

OPEN ACCESS ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN THE ISPRS Annals of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences; FROM THE 28th CIPA Symposium Great Learning & Digital Emotion’

Ona Vileikis and Farukh Khabibullaeyev presented a paper at the 28th CIPA Symposium “Great Learning & Digital Emotion”, 28 August–1 September 2021, Beijing, China and the article Application of Digital Heritage Documentation for Condition Assessments and Monitoring Change in Uzbekistan has now been published in the ISPRS Annals of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, Volume VIII-M-1-2021.

The paper focuses ‘on how digital documentation, using aerial and close close-range photogrammetry, and panoramic photography, serve as a tool for condition assessment. These tools are illustrated with case studies of two World Heritage properties in the Central Asia region along the ancient Silk Roads in Uzbekistan : Itchan Kala and the Historic Centre of Bukhara.

Such detailed documentation, often in places difficult to assess from the ground provides evidence of the current state of a structure with, in one case, the impact being ‘3D models of the buildings also served to understand the complexity of the buildings as seen in the example of the 17th century Abdulazizkhan Madrasah [pictured above]. In the last years, the building was used by craftsmen, renting the spaces for their workshops and shops. They were obliged to provide maintenance and repair to the premises they occupy.’

You can also read Ona Vileikis’ article on the specific work done with Farukh Khabibullaeyev – in Russian and English – at Itchan Kala.

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