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INCEPTION Report Summary

Project ID: 665220
Funded under: H2020-EU.3.6.3.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - INCEPTION (Inclusive Cultural Heritage in Europe through 3D semantic modelling)

Reporting period: 2015-06-01 to 2016-05-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

Issues being addresses
The specific issue that INCEPTION addresses is how to release advanced 3D modelling for accessing and understanding European cultural assets. Starting from the concept of “documentation” of cultural assets through multimedia processes and digital representations, the specific challenge involves an inclusive methodology to create 3D representations “forever, for everybody, from everywhere”.
Among social, economic and political challenges that Europe is facing, the one related to the cultural diversity and identity involves new avenues for interpreting the past through new technologies able to improve an inclusive and sustainable access, enjoyment and understanding of Cultural Heritage and Historic Settings.
The aim of INCEPTION is to contribute to improving the understanding of European cultural heritage and its identities in order to strengthen cohesion and solidarity and to encourage modern visions and uses of its past. In this direction, new technologies and digital cultural heritage play an innovative role, enabling new and richer interpretations of our common European culture while contributing to sustainable economic growth.
Nowadays digital models play a key role in the representation of the shape, appearance and conservation condition of the heritage. 3D representations have to support linked information, shape-related analysis and provide the necessary semantic information for in-depth studies by researchers and users, in order to offer new perspectives to researchers and new understandings to citizens, research users and the cultural and creative industries.
One of the main aim is to originate new avenues in the way tangible cultural heritage is studied, visualised, curated, displayed and monitored, significantly improving our understanding of Europe's unique cultural diversity and our capacity to communicate rich narratives about the past.
Collaboration across disciplines, the generation of high quality 3D models avoiding time-consuming and expensive processes and the availability of digital outcomes in interoperable formats are among the main challenges of the project.

INCEPTION addresses these specific challenges through an inclusive approach and novel solutions of 3D digital modelling by developing:
- time dynamic 3D reconstructions for creation, visualisation and analysis of 3D models of Cultural Heritage over time (understanding of Europe cultural identity through time dimension);
- enhancement of instruments for 3D data capturing through a special set of firmware (new features) for cultural heritage (resolving current limitations of 3D capturing technologies by a substantial optimization of 3D data acquisition tools, advancement in photo-based scanning, improvement of a tailored algorithm for managing the reflectivity index provided by laser scanning devices, innovative tools to obtain models with high definition colours);
- integration of semantic meta-data for cultural heritage (semantic-aware 3D information enhancing interdisciplinary researches and studies);
- open-standard format for Heritage Building Information Modelling (improvement of current methodologies by recognising set of elements of cultural heritage buildings);
- open-standard Semantic Web and open-source services in Semantic Web Platform (INCEPTION platform goes a step forward to achieve the widest accessibility to Cultural Heritage 3D models as a unique access point to the information which can be updated);
- Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality deployment (INCEPTION will deliver models through the Platform in already existing Apps allowing model utilisation and deployment – queries, visits, uploads and downloads and access through Apps to allow a completely new kind of analysis about needs, behaviours, expectations of CH customers and operators).

Societal impacts
New and innovative technologies are a great opportunity to understand, access, enhance and preserve cultural heritage. Information and Communication Technologies are constantly evolving and new digital media are increasingly used for accessing and understanding cultural heritage.
The enhancement of digital cultural heritage accessibility is the ability to access cultural contents and resources for as many people as possible by using ICT functionalities and applications (web sites, data-bases, digital libraries, virtual applications, etc.) overcoming cultural, environmental and management barriers for an easy and spread fruition.
INCEPTION allows new experiences and enjoyment of cultural heritage giving the opportunity to approach more easily something that very often is perceived as distant and unattractive, or difficult to be accessed and processed.
The Platform and related Applications can exploit and maximise the value of tangible and intangible heritage, and are an essential device to explore European cultural diversity and identity.
Communication by means of digital technologies is a way to enhance and promote cultural heritage encouraging a greater flow of economic resources as well as opportunities for create new jobs and professions. Among expected societal impacts, INCEPTION will increase both free access for public cultural institutions and new market opportunities and development of creative industries.
Digital technologies give the opportunity to improve and expand the comprehension of cultural heritage assets by means of different applications and devices.
Thanks to the INCEPTION methodologies and tools it will be possible to integrate different information in order to access cultural assets in many different ways and for many different purposes, thanks to new languages of interactive media aimed at innovative ways of communication of cultural heritage.
Beyond the application of ICT for management, research, diagnosis, conservation and restoration procedures, education and enhancement, new technologies allow the communication and dissemination of cultural assets that become more and more accessible for new knowledge and experiences.
Enriching semantically the 3D models and improving the applications of Virtual and Augmented Reality, INCEPTION will allow a more accurate understanding of the European cultural heritage; delivered tools will allow everyone to add rich diversity of contexts and interpretations to the 3D digital models through interactive, story-telling and wiki-oriented approaches using user mobile devices.
The INCEPTION challenge is to increase the digitization of heritage contents (material and immaterial) not only for documentation, management and conservation purposes but also in order to expand the access, use and re-use of cultural heritage by means of digital representations, platforms, devices, social media and ICT tools.

Overall objectives
INCEPTION realises innovation in 3D modelling of Cultural Heritage through an inclusive approach for time-dynamic 3D reconstruction of artefacts, built and social environments. It enriches the European identity through understanding of how European Cultural Heritage continuously evolves over long periods of time. INCEPTION’s Inclusive approach introduces novel solutions of 3D digital modelling:
- “forever”: INCEPTION “Time Machine” that represents an innovative use of timescale for dynamic 3D reconstruction with emphasis on how the modelled cultural heritage evolves over time in association with its built and social environments;
- “for everybody”: portable, user-friendly and cost-effective hardware and software instruments for 3D capturing, modelling and analysis, as well as INCEPTION Semantic Web technologies and open-standard platform to creating and sharing understanding between various end-user group;
- “from everywhere”: INCEPTION’s proposed standard procedures for data acquisition and open-standard format for Cultural Heritage Building Information Modelling (H-BIM).
INCEPTION solves the shortcomings of state-of-the-art 3D reconstruction by significantly enhancing the functionalities, capabilities and cost-effectiveness of instruments and deployment procedures for 3D laser survey, data acquisition and processing. It solves the accuracy and efficiency of 3D capturing by integrating Geospatial Information, Global and Indoor Positioning Systems (GIS, GPS, IPS) both through hardware interfaces as well as software algorithms.
INCEPTION methods and tools will result in 3D models that are easily accessible for all user groups and interoperable for use by different hardware and software. It develops an open-standard Semantic Web platform for H-BIM to be implemented in user-friendly Augmented Reality operable on mobile devices.
INCEPTION collaborative research and demonstration involves all disciplines (both social and technical sciences), technologies and sectors essential for creation and use of 3D models of Cultural Heritage. SMEs are the thrust of INCEPTION consortium that will bring the innovation into creative industries of design, manufacturing and ICT.
The Consortium is fully supported by a Stakeholder Panel that represents an international organisation (UNESCO), European and national public institutions and NGOs in all fields of Cultural Heritage.
Research in INCEPTION and its targeted results respectively are positioned within the growth range from TRL 4 to TRL 7. The frame of reference to justify this positioning is derived from technology development and validation mechanism according to the principles of the V-Model, a widely-acknowledge software development process scheme that is also applicable to hardware development. By measuring the maturity of the technological solutions against the stakeholder’s demand, INCEPTION is able to manage risks during research and assure sustainable impact in practice after the project’s completion.
The main objectives of INCEPTION is to realise innovation in 3D modelling of Cultural Heritage through an inclusive approach for time-dynamic 3D reconstruction of artefacts, built and social environments.
Complementary objectives of the project are:
1. To create an inclusive understanding of European cultural identity and diversity by stimulating and facilitating collaborations across disciplines, technologies and sectors (in WP1, 4, 5, 6).
2. To develop cost-effective procedures and enhancements for on-site 3D survey and reconstruction of cultural heritage artefacts, buildings, sites and social environments (in WP2, 5).
3. To develop an open-standard Semantic Web platform for accessing, processing and sharing interoperable digital models resulting from 3D survey and data capturing (in WP3, 4).

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

During the first year of the project, concrete results have been achieved mainly within WP1, 2, 7 and 8, according to the Work Plan and the Description of Action. Moreover, several intermediate results and preliminary reports have been developed concerning ongoing activities within WP3, 4 and 5.
Results accomplished in the first year will serve to set up the overall project methodology and as input to development of technological innovations, preparation of demonstration cases and configuration of user applications.
In the following paragraphs the main concrete results of the already started tasks are summarized.

WP1 - Task 1.1
Concrete results:
• Definition of an inner and outer circle of Stakeholders. Inner circle comprehends Stakeholder Panel involved in the Project, activated through development of the questionnaire, outer circle comprehends institutions that gives feedback on the understanding of Europe’s heritage.
• Developing and distribution of the final version of a web questionnaire, that was firstly tested among the project partners, by means of adjustment and gathering responses of the inner circle of stakeholders. The questionnaire is functional to address the stakeholder’s requirements and conditions of Cultural Heritage knowledge through 3D digital models, is essential to formulate requirements and conditions about the structure and composition of the digital model as well as the way the digital model becomes available for stakeholders.
• A dedicated Stakeholder panel was selected and engaged for the preparation of the Demo Cases for WP5.
Deliverables submitted:
• No deliverables are expected at M12.

WP1 - Task 1.2
Concrete results:
• Definition of a first draft of the “glossary” for the definition of measurable, significant and common parameters for the semantic enrichment and modelling in BIM environment. Part of the glossary is inserted in the Stakeholder questionnaire to clarify to non – expert the object of the investigation.
Deliverables submitted:
• D1.2 - Programme of users and technical requirements and common parameters for European cultural assets.

WP1 - Task 1.3
Concrete results:
• Deliverable 1.3, in which the current state of the art and methodology for the documentation of Monuments is explained and extended. This is the first time that a methodology for the documentation of monuments has been defined and presented: the holistic approach is changing totally the current available practices for the documentation of monuments, which are available in almost all the H-BIM systems. The given methodologies will be tested during the second and the third year of the project when the project will face the start with the demonstrators.
Deliverables submitted:
• D1.3 - Knowledge management and collaboration method (M12).

WP2 - Task 2.1
Concrete results:
• Overall methodological framework of heritage documentation and State-of-the-Art (SotA) of 3D data capturing;
• Setting of a protocol (guidelines or common methodology) for documenting Cultural Heritage;
• Optimized data acquisition protocol set up as a workflow / guidelines / common background and to ensure uniformity in 3D digital survey that will be part of the INCEPTION platform;
• 3D data management, long-term preservation and interoperable formats in order to address the forthcoming WP3 activities (BIM semantic modelling starting from 3D data acquisition).
• Preliminary set of performance and activity indicators and evaluation categories (according to specific requirements and level of quality) to be further developed within D2.2.
Deliverables submitted:
• D2.1 - Optimized data acquisition protocol (M12).

WP2 - Task 2.2
Concrete results:
• First draft of inputs to improve a dedicated firmware
• Data communication workflow adapted to analysis results and dedicated processing routines in the Cultural Heritage context.
Deliverables submitted:
• No deliverables were expected in Y1.

WP2 - Task 2.3
Concrete results:
• Image acquisition for further 3D photo-modelling of the castle of Torrelobatón (INCEPTION’s Spanish demonstrator).
Deliverables submitted:
• No deliverables were expected in Y1.

WP2 - Task 2.4
Concrete results:
• 3D data acquisition and ad-hoc measures with thermo-hygrometer at the Cathedral of Ciudad Rodrigo (Salamanca, Spain).
Deliverables submitted:
• No deliverables were expected in Y1.

WP3 - Task 3.1
Concrete results:
• Common understanding on defining semantic and graphical information.
• Creation of standardized free-writing templates to collect the graphic and semantic information useful to cultural heritage by all kind of skilled stakeholders.
• Bringing together a significant number of responses from representative & recognized forums: INCEPTION Consortium, experts of the COST i2MHB action and also external experts (stakeholder’s panel).
• Condensing and agreeing on the indications received in two separate reports: http://www.inception-project.org/Shared%20Documents/Forms/AllItems.aspx?RootFolder=%2fShared%20Documents%2f10%20WP%203&FolderCTID=0x012000C9B09DFB6A646B40AAFC10FFE5EDC5D5&View=%7bFDEFE5D9%2d8079%2d4890%2d9F0D%2d27FFA3FB03E4%7d
Deliverables submitted:
• No deliverables were expected in Y1.

WP3 - Task 3.2
Concrete results:
• Preliminary report on the software tools and formats needed to combine graphic & semantic information’s in a same BIM-oriented 3D model (T3.1 & T3.2 combination): http://www.inception-project.org/Shared%20Documents/Forms/AllItems.aspx?RootFolder=%2fShared%20Documents%2f10%20WP%203&FolderCTID=0x012000C9B09DFB6A646B40AAFC10FFE5EDC5D5&View=%7bFDEFE5D9%2d8079%2d4890%2d9F0D%2d27FFA3FB03E4%7d;
• Discussion-oriented draft on the H-BIM ontology architecture.
Deliverables submitted:
• No deliverables were expected in Y1.

WP3 - Task 3.3
Concrete results:
• The task will start at M27.
Deliverables submitted:
• No deliverables were expected in Y1.

WP4 - Task 4.1
Concrete results:
• Research on available BIM server solutions in the market;
• Understanding existing work in the market (especially the DURAARK software solutions, with a focus on storage/handling point clouds);
• Discussions with experts from Catenda, TU/e and uGent.
• In depth ontology discussions with partners in Task 4.1 how to structure ontologies and how to integrate geometry within Semantic Web.
Deliverables submitted:
• No deliverables were expected in Y1.

WP4 - Task 4.2
Concrete results:
• The task will start at M13.
Deliverables submitted:
• No deliverables were expected in Y1.

WP4 - Task 4.3
Concrete results:
• The task will start at M25.
Deliverables submitted:
• No deliverables were expected in Y1.

WP4 - Task 4.4
Concrete results:
• The task will start at M25.
Deliverables submitted:
• No deliverables were expected in Y1.

WP5 - Task 5.1
Concrete results:
• Development of a preliminary document to collect a general framework on information and declaration of interests and intents on each case study to manage Demonstration Cases on the basis of Stakeholder’s requirements and inputs and to set up all technical specifications about different data acquisition systems to be applied in different contexts and for different purposes. This action is essential to develop Tasks from 5.2 to 5.7 (Demonstrations Cases in Italy, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, Cyprus and Greece), and WP1, in particular Task 1.1 “Stakeholders analysis and value-added assessment of Cultural Heritage”.
Deliverables submitted:
• No deliverables were expected in Y1.

WP5 - Task 5.2
Concrete results:
• The task will start at M13.
Deliverables submitted:
• No deliverables were expected in Y1.

WP5 - Task 5.3
Concrete results:
• The task will start at M13.
Deliverables submitted:
• No deliverables were expected in Y1.

WP5 - Task 5.4
Concrete results:
• The task will start at M13.
Deliverables submitted:
• No deliverables were expected in Y1.

WP5 - Task 5.5
Concrete results:
• The task will start at M13.
Deliverables submitted:
• No deliverables were expected in Y1.

WP5 - Task 5.6
Concrete results:
• The task will start at M13.
Deliverables submitted:
• No deliverables were expected in Y1.

WP5 - Task 5.7
Concrete results:
• The task will start at M13.
Deliverables submitted:
• No deliverables were expected in Y1.

WP6 - Task 6.1
Concrete results:
• Definition of preliminary solutions and interfacing methodologies functional to define a “multi-scale approach to CH asset management tool”;
• Preparation of a short list of “technical codes/norms/standards for CH condition survey”;
• Definition of an inventory for examining existing software tools to be enhanced/adapted for CH asset management.
Deliverables submitted:
• No deliverables were expected in Y1.

WP6 - Task 6.2
Concrete results:
• The Task will start at M25
Deliverables submitted:
• No deliverables were expected in Y1.

WP6 - Task 6.3
Concrete results:
• The task will start at M25
Deliverables submitted:
• No deliverables were expected in Y1.

WP7 - Task 7.1
Concrete results:
• The research web-site (www.inception-project.eu);
• The Newsletter 1 (http://www.inception-project.eu/Downloads/INCEPTION_NL_01_Feb_2016.pdf);
• Elaboration of the INCEPTION Logo, Brochure and Posters (available for all consortium partners on the SharePoint and will be uploading on the external website in the next updating);
• Several international papers will be elaborate and presented in international and national conferences and event (to complete list will be present in the first technical reporting at M14).
Deliverables submitted:
• No deliverables were expected in Y1.

WP7 - Task 7.2
Concrete results:
• Elaboration of a structural map concerning the educational courses and training;
• Definition of the INCEPTION end-user related to the educational material.
Deliverables submitted:
• D7.2 - Establishment of scholarship research projects (M6).

WP7 - Task 7.3
Concrete results:
• Definition of potential exploitation of project results in related industry sectors and stakeholders;
• Identification of INCEPTION’s Key Exploitable Results (KERs);
• Identification of Case related Business Plans (BP);
• Description of strategies for Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Management and finally Dissemination Activities Planning and Execution;
• Introduction of INCEPTION main business plan.
Deliverables submitted:
• D7.5 - Case-related business plans and Exploitation Strategy Seminar (V1 at M12);
• D7.6 - Data Management Plan (M6).

WP8 - Task 8.1
Concrete results:
• Organization of 2 consortium meeting: 22nd -23rd June 2015 in Ferrara – Italy, and 9th -11th November 2015 in Sofia – Bulgaria).
Deliverables submitted:
• D8.2: First periodic management report (M12).

WP8 - Task 8.2
Concrete results:
• Organization of 4 technical committee through Tele Conference (24th July 2015; 6th October 2015; 3rd February 2016; 4th May 2016);
• Amendment of the Grant Agreement promoted in according with the Project Officer;
• Numerous emails exchanged with the project and financial officer;
• Periodic updating of the WP Action Plan and periodic monitoring of progress work (and quality) in each WPs during the Technical Committees;
• Management of the Deliverable Internal Review by the Consortium partners.
Deliverables submitted:
• D8.1 - Plan for deliverable review and risk management (M6);
• D8.2 - First periodic management report (M12).

WP8 - Task 8.3
Concrete results:
• Creation and adoption of a internal financial tool to control the research costs;
• Definition of the research cost, for each partner, concerning periods M1-M6 and M6-M12 (on-going).
Deliverables submitted:
• D8.2: First periodic management report (M12).

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

INCEPTION develops State-of-the-Art methodologies and tools for 3D data capturing, modelling and web-based platform (model sharing).
The main project steps focus on developing new methods and tools for 3D modelling and analysis of European cultural assets starting from the State-of-the-Art and proposing advancements of hardware and software tools, as well as new approaches and methodologies for Cultural Heritage 3D data inclusive access and exploitation by means of the Platform.

INCEPTION advancement beyond the State-of-the-Art faces the following challenges:
- Advancement in data capturing - Nowadays there is a wide range of devices and technologies for 3D data capturing, but the large amount of data and the consequent time consuming processing and the lack of technological integration between different kinds of devices are among the existing gaps. INCEPTION advancement consists in the common protocol for 3D data capturing and device enhancement for a more efficient process. During Year 1 the Data Acquisition Protocol has been delivered and the concept for enhanced 3D laser scanning systems is under definition.
- Advancement in 3D processing - Although BIM software have advanced solid modelling tools and applications for management and display of point cloud data, BIM standards for Cultural Heritage buildings are missing as well as tools for captured data interoperability. INCEPTION develops a semantic ontology for Cultural Heritage buildings in order to share cross-disciplines data and tools for managing point cloud in BIM environment. This activity started during Year 1 by collecting targeted information (semantic and graphical) related to heritage buildings and sites and setting up a glossary for terminologies and attributes. The most part of the activities will be developed during the second year.
- Advancement in model sharing - INCEPTION’s advancement will be accomplished by developing a web interface for accessing digital heritage contents and a standard for user-oriented applications. This sharing platform will allow collecting and exploring time upgradable 3D models and reconstructions in different ages. These applications will be developed during the third and fourth project years.

Potential impact, socio-economic impact and wider societal implications of the project
Potential impacts of results achieved in Year 1 address a cross-sector collaborative work in research and development in Cultural Heritage field, providing new benefits for researchers, professionals and experts (outcomes from D1.3 and D2.1); this comes mainly from WP1 activities, especially from involved Stakeholders and questionnaire analysis.
The Optimized Data Acquisition Protocol provides a workflow for a consistent development of survey procedures and ensures uniformity in 3D digital survey. Moreover, workflow steps, activity indicators and evaluation categories delivered within the Protocol are finalized to the development of cost-efficient tools, and used as starting point to develop the optimized firmware for cultural heritage 3D data acquisition (economic impact).
Optimized and time-saving procedures for data capturing and processing allow to reduce effort and number of repeated work on-site that is often caused by missing information or poor quality scanning; time and cost reduction of data capturing; return on Investment for SMEs; technology time to market; more interchangeable and re-usable 3D models; technical improvements of different industries involved in digital applications.
Societal impacts are evident mainly in bringing positive effects to the policies addressed to the digitally preserving and sharing the European cultural heritage in danger.
Moreover, these procedures provide new benefits to researchers in the field of cultural heritage ensuring sustainable cross-sector collaborative work in both development and research in future. INCEPTION provides researchers, engineers and experts with new protocols and enhanced instruments for modelling and analysing cultural similarities and differences through 3D semantic modelling of Europe cultural heritage. This impact will be enlarged through INCEPTION consortium partners associated with EUROPEANA and a large number of European cultural institutions, projects and partners.

The main progress beyond the State-of-the-Art achieved during the first project year is related to the heritage documentation and capturing processes (in accordance with the sections “1.3a Overall concept, project methodology and trans-disciplinary approach” – table related to the project progress, and the “1.4.a Advancement beyond the State-of-the-Art” in the Annex 1 – Part B):

- development of a common framework for catalogue methodology (D1.3):
implementation of an effective, cross-disciplinary and collaborative work methodology to define data collection process, case study setup, selection and utilization of systems and instruments, knowledge management, implementation of semantically enriched models, and exploitation in education and business. This action breaks through the barriers caused by segmentation in collecting documentation data by establishing a ‘common framework’ for the interpretation of European cultural identity and diversity through 3D documentation of cultural heritage sites and buildings;
- critical analysis of the State-of-the-Art related to methodological and instrumental advancement proposed by INCEPTION (D1.3, D2.1):
the research includes different technologies and methodologies of data capturing, specifying INCEPTION advancements and applications of these technologies and methodologies, that will be further developed in the next project activities (development of H-BIM modelling, application on Demonstration Cases, setting up of the INCEPTION platform). The analysis aims to overcome the current limitations of 3D capturing technologies for Cultural Heritage by assessment and optimization of 3D data acquisition tools, and it has been applied in the concept for enhanced 3D laser scanning systems.
- implementation of a common protocol for data capturing for heritage applications (D2.1) on the basis of specific requirements and performance indicators:
the Data Acquisition Protocol is a set of guidelines to be followed during the planning and performing of a 3D laser scanner survey of Cultural Heritage, referred to architectural, archaeological, urban and site scale. It is also referred to data management (scan registration, data verification) data storage and archive. It is both a methodological procedure and an optimized workflow specification. The protocol is intended to ensure uniformity in 3D digital survey for all the buildings that will be part of INCEPTION platform. The survey workflow is split into eight main steps that define specific requirements and their related activity indicators. The evaluation categories are the measuring system to verify the requirements of the survey, and the ability of finding the right answer define the level quality. Through the Data Acquisition Protocol, INCEPTION closes the gap regarding the absence of an European common methodology or “standard” tool which allows users to share digital information in Cultural Heritage field.
- analysis of preliminary outcomes and results from the application of the optimized protocol in order to go a step forward the project progress towards the application of optimized survey procedures in order to obtain 3D representation beyond the current level of visual depictions and integration of semantic information improving possible applications (D2.1, D2.3). INCEPTION 3D models in combination with other information go a step forward because can provide all the useful information in a common and easy manner.
- first concepts for the enhancement of functionalities, capabilities and cost-effectiveness of data-capturing technologies and documentation instruments (D2.3):
an intense process based on different approaches has led to achieve the final choice of the features to be developed regarding the enhancement of the firmware for CH applications (orientation, safety conditions, level of details, additional image data, etc.). INCEPTION resolves the current limitations of 3D capturing technologies for Cultural Heritage by assessment and optimization of 3D data acquisition tools. Technology advancement for 3D data acquisition and development of procedural standards involves budget, precision and execution times, by developing a concept for an enhanced 3D data capturing system, equipped with a new firmware optimized for cultural heritage application, addressed to an easier and more accessible data processing and modelling.
- analysis of 3D digital data management toward H-BIM through the collection of qualitative and quantitative data (3D coordinates and geometries and semantics, metadata and paradata), long-term preservation of 3D laser scanner data and preliminary considerations on conversion of point cloud data to BIM for Cultural Heritage. This activity started during the Year 1 and it will be delivered at the end of the Year 2. Preliminary results and advancement beyond the State-of-the-Art are related to the common understanding on defining semantic and graphical information. A preliminary report on the software tools and formats needed to combine graphic & semantic information’s in a same BIM-oriented 3D model as well as researches on available BIM server solutions in the market have been already accomplished. INCEPTION proposes an improvement in the usual H-BIM approach (after the collection of 3D point clouds, is to locate/define 2D or 3D primitive shapes onto the point cloud) by recognising that buildings are a set of elements, organized by spatial relationships determined by an architectural style.

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