75456 - Survey of Historic Buildings M

Course Unit Page

  • Teacher Filippo Fantini

  • Learning modules Silvia Bertacchi (Modulo 1)
    Filippo Fantini (Modulo 2)

  • Credits 6

  • SSD ICAR/17

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures (Modulo 1)
    Traditional lectures (Modulo 2)

  • Language English

  • Campus of Ravenna

  • Degree Programme Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Engineering of Building Processes and Systems (cod. 8829)

  • Course Timetable from Sep 22, 2021 to Dec 22, 2021


This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the class, student has knowledge of the methodologies to provide a survey of the historic fabric and structure, including its constituent materials and the decay phenomena that affect it. In particular, at the end of the course he/she is able to plan and carry out an accurate measured and photographic record of an historic building, by recording its main elements as well as the relationship with its surroundings and the landscape.

Course contents

This course is intended for students in order to improve their knowledge on hand-drawing, CAD drawing and 3D modelling of Historic Building and Archaeology. Problems concerning the panorama of traditional tools for surveying and representation will be introduced, and discussed, as well as contemporary methods for data gathering.


NB: References, scientific papers, software, web pages and other sources helpful for further details on specific topics will be recommended during theoretical lectures.

M. Bini, S. Bertocci, Manuale di Rilievo architettonico e urbano, Città Studi edizioni-De Agostini Scuola, 2012.

B. Benedetti, M. Gaiani, F. Remondino, Modelli digitali 3D in archeologia: il caso di Pompei, Pisa, Edizioni della Normale, 2010.

M. Docci, D. Maestri, Manuale di rilevamento architettonico e urbano, Bari, Laterza, 2009.

Teaching methods

The course is based on frontal lectures on theoretical and methodological aspects of 3D digital models and software from the field of mesh processing, reverse modelling, entertainment and image editing.

Some case studies will be shown during the lessons in order to explain how novel survey techniques contribute to the achievement of high-level results in the field of Cultural Heritage preservation.

The method adopted for the development of students' skills is based also on practical workshop in the classroom, as well as in Ravenna’s Historic Centre.

Students, in small groups, have to carry out different exercises concerning surveying techniques and applications, whose working principles will be presented during a series of workshops. During these activities, students will learn:

  • the use of ranging devices;
  • the use of a set of different applications aimed at the construction of mesh models, their optimization and texture mapping
  • the extraction of useful 2D and 3D information for the production of accurate drawings (contour lines, silhouettes, sections, best fitting primitive geometries, etc.)
  • to carry out thematic drawings according to ICOMOS-ISCS glossary for stone deterioration patterns and NORMAL 1/88;
  • the creation of 3D digital models for dissemination of Cultural Heritage.

Assessment methods

During each lecture at least 2 hours will be addressed to revision of workshop activities.

The final exercise, to sit for the examination, can be carried out on the topic of historical buildings in Ravenna, within a group of 3 students at most, and will consist in the production of a set of technical drawings and digital models aimed at conservation and restoration practices.

In particular, each group will have to make a Powerpoint presentation and a series of technical drawings in A3 format to be agreed with the teachers. They include:

- methodological aspects of the survey

- a horizontal and vertical section with dimension lines and graphic codes of technical drawing of the analysed building.

- an ortho-photo of an elevation and/or a section of the analysed building.

Teaching tools

E-learning service "Survey of Historic Buildings M" for teaching and communication purposes.


Based on the evolution of the COVID-19, the development of the lectures may require the use of the Teams platform for both frontal lessons and revisions.

Office hours

See the website of Filippo Fantini

See the website of Silvia Bertacchi