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Cristiana Achille

Cristiana Achille

Associate Professor - Scientific Supervisor of 3D Survey Group
Cristiana's Bio
Cristiana is a Professor of Survey Techniques at Politecnico di Milano. Her research focuses on the survey and representation of Cultural Heritage and Urban context. In particular, she is interested in studying new technologies for survey and managing data. She obtained her master degree in Architecture in 1999 and the PhD in Geodetic and cartography Sciences, in 2003. Then, she became a researcher of Topography and Cartography, at Politecnico di Milano.  
Projects and Activities
She organises and trains at workshops and training courses c/o Politecnico of Milano for the architectural survey and preservation of Cultural Heritage (survey, data elaboration, data management). She has been involved in several projects at national and international level, topics: 3D accurate, complete and rapid survey of complex architectures and large monumental sites (Metropolitana di Napoli”; “Progetto Grande Guglia; “Progetto Spire 3D WEB BIM“; SMART Culture; L.I.F.E. @ Umm al-Dabadib Egypt). She is a member of the National Scientific Committee CSN ICOMOS Italy – CIPA – Heritage Documentation. She is also member of IIC, The International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works – FIIC. She is the author of more than 90 publications.
Francesco Fassi

Francesco Fassi

Associate Professor - Scientifc Supervisor of 3D Survey Group

Francesco's Bio

Francesco is an associate professor of the ABC Departiment, in Politecnico di Milano. Since 2003, dedicated his research to survey techniques and methodologies in the field of Cultural Heritage.

He graduated in Engineering for Environment and Territory at Polytechnic of Milan in 2001. He got the Ph.D (awarded with honours) in Geodesy and Geomatics with a thesis entitled “Integration of traditional and innovative technologies for survey and modelling of cultural heritage.”

Projects and Activities

He has being involved in several survey research jobs acquiring great experience in the field of the “measure” and great sensitivity to the problems associated with the acquisition and processing of data for the expeditious but comprehensive survey of Cultural Heritage. Today senior researcher (Type RTDB) He is currently participating to the following projects:

  • Milan cathedral survey modelling and BIM design
  • The “SanMarco3D Project”
  • Survey of manufacturing and hand-made structures came to the light during the excavations of underground Naples.
  • O.A.S.I.S. Project (Old Agricultural Sites and Irrigation Systems)
  • LiFE project

Member of ICOMOS Italia. He has more than 80 publications.

Cinzia Tommasi

Cinzia Tommasi

PhD - Post-Doc Research Fellow

Cinzia's Bio

Born in Segrate (MI) on October 28th, 1990.

She has a Master degree  in Architecture on 07/23/2014.  Post-graduate second-level Master on 05/2016.

From 02/16 to 10/16 she had a research fellowship entitled:”Interoperabilità tra dati di rilievo, software di modellazione e sistemi BIM con riferimento ai Beni Culturali. Interoperability between survey data, modelling software, and BIM systems in the Cultural Heritage field.” On November 2016, she won a ministerial scholarship and became a PhD student in Architecture, Built Environment and Contruction Engineering. In March 2020, she obtained the PhD title cum Laude in the Architecture, Building environment, and Construction engineering program of  Politecnico di Milano’s ABC Department. Her thesis was entitled “Interdisciplinary digital processes for the valorisation of Cultural Heritage. UNESCO Sacri Monti application field”.

Currently, she is a research fellow at ABC Department in Politecnico di Milano, in a research program named “Survey data, 3D modelling and online systems for accessing and valorising Cultural Heritage”. In particular, she is interested in the valorisation modalities of CH through digital products (as 3D models), including accessibility, fruition, and communication.

Moreover, her research includes also the use of  BIM process in the Cultural Heritage Field, focusing on the accuracy of the virtual models, the elaboration of point cloud data, the interoperability, the level of detail and information, and the different application of the models, especially the sharing of the 3D models between different professionals and/or a non-expert public.

Projects and Activities
. In the research fellowship framework, she currently works on an Interreg Project A.M.AL.PI.18, in the communication work packages team, with the role of social media manager, web content editor, and scientific mediator. At the same time, she collaborates to the development of a web tool for the monitoring and managing of CH sites that works with 3D models and a connected database of information, images, and other data. The testing field is the UNESCO Sacri Monti Circuit. Moreover, she collaborates in different proposal for national and international projects (H2020 calls), and she was and is a tutor in international summer schools programs (“Laboratory of Places” 2018 and 2019 editions, organised by Politecnico di Milano and “Digital technologies in Heritage Conservation” 2018, 2019, and 2020 editions, organised by University of Bamberg, Germany).

She updates the 3D Survey Group websites and the Social Pages.

Luca Perfetti

Luca Perfetti

PhD Candidate

Luca's Bio

Born in Rho (MI) on December 10th, 1991.

Master degree in Architecture in July 2016, with a thesis entitled: “Photogrammetry for architecture: fish-eye lens for the surveying of narrow places. Test and trials on Milan’s Cathedral.”

From October 2016, apprentice in 3D Survey Group, he is collaborating on the survey and restitution of the indoors of Milan’s Cathedral. From November 2017, he became a Ph.D. Candidate in Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering, winning the thematic scholarship entitled: “Image-based techniques for the 3D survey of complex environments in archaeology and cultural heritage. Development of low cost sensors for the automatic survey of indoor environments.”

Simone Teruggi

Simone Teruggi

PhD Candidate

Simone's Bio

Born in Borgomanero (NO) on February 2nd, 1989.

Bachelor’s degree in architecture in September 2015 with a thesis entitled: “Virtual Reality and Cultural Heritage: An Oculus Rift application for Milan’s Cathedral”.

Master’s degree in architecture in December 2018 with a thesis entitled: “Un progetto per Bovisa: la piazza dei servizi”.

From March 2019 he is collaborating with 3D Survey Group on the restitution and optimization of survey data for 2D drawings of Milan’s Cathedral. From May 2019 he has a fellowship entitled “AMALPI. Reconstruction of 4D DTM. Topographic and iconographic data processing”.

Projects and Activities

He collaborates in the restitution of 2d technical drawings from survey data and he is working in the INTERREG project Italia Svizzera 2014-2020 AMALPI.

Federica Marotta

Federica Marotta

PhD Candidate

Federica's Bio

Born in Piacenza (PC) on August 19th, 1994.

After a Clarinet diploma in 2013, she obtained a Master degree in Environmental and Land Planning Engineering in April 2019, with a thesis entitled “Crop rows detection from UAV images”. Lifelong fond of nature, from November 2019 she became a Ph.D. candidate at the Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering Department, winning the thematic scholarship entitled “Digitalization and Modeling of risk areas at the border territory. Understanding the past to save the future” as part of the Interreg Project Italia Svizzera 2014-20120 A.M.AL.PI.18.

Projects and Activities
She is working in the Interreg Project Italia Svizzera 2014-2020 A.M.AL.PI.18. The specific aim of the research concerns the scientific mediation of the new technologies for a massive use and promotion of the cultural and natural heritage.

Franco Spettu

Franco Spettu

Research Fellow

Franco's Bio

Born in Cagliari, 4th of June 1990.

In September 2016 graduated in Science of Architecture, University of Cagliari. In April 2020 obtained the master degree in Architectural Design and History, Politecnico di Milano – Mantova Campus with the thesis: “Towards a new approach to BIM for Cultural Heritage: a framework for the reverse engineering of Milan Cathedral”.

From June 2020 is research fellow on the project: “A new Web platform to support maintenance activities for the Milan Cathedral”.

3DSurveyGroup is a scientifc unit, part of the ABC Department (ABC-Architecture, Built environment and construction engineering) of Politecnico di Milano

The main topics of its research activities are methodologies and technologies for survey and 3D reconstruction mainly in the field of Cultural Heritage and Environments. 

Specifically its competences cover the following domains:

  1. Architectural/Archaeological 3D survey methodologies (Topography, Aerial, Terrestrial and UAV Photogrammetry and Laser Scanning). 

  2. 3D real based modelling and BIM processes;

  3. 3D GIS and cartography;

  4. Structures monitoring;

  5. Virtual reality;

  6. Valorisation of Cultural Heritage and communication of data, projects, and outputs.

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