Protection of cultural property


Archimede Arte has built a solid reputation in the 2D and 3D survey of artistic and cultural heritage; the ability in surveying is a main prerequisite for protection and conservation, and whose specificity requires both the ability to integrate different techniques and tools and the ability to know how to read the artistic message of artworks. This has allowed Archimede Arte to receive the prestigious assignment from the ICCD – Central Institute for Catalog and Documentation of the MIBACT to draft the document “Guidelines for the digitization of movable and immovable property”.

2D and 3D digitization in high definition

AION is a complete and adaptable set of solutions for the protection and conservation of the artistic heritage through 3D (and 2D) digitization: the 3D survey is in fact the most effective technology to generate a model exceptionally faithful to the characteristics of the original artwork, providing new opportunities for the conservation and safeguarding of art.

3D digitization, with the method developed by Archimede Arte, makes it possible to acquire information and digital schemes of architectural and monumental heritage thanks to the integration of laser scanning and photogrammetry techniques: through a patient process of sub-millimeter survey, we can build a patrimony of highly accurate data of 3D structures, of geometric spaces perfectly measured, of the assets contained and their position, with geolocation and vector modelling.

Moreover, three-dimensional scans are fundamental in creating real and virtual reproductions that are very faithful to the original, which opens up a number of possibilities:

  • allow to overcome the fact that sometimes original artworks cannot be enjoyed because they are placed in inaccessible places or because they are subject to the risk of damage or collapse
  • scans are a preliminary tool for conservation and restoration activities as they allow studies and analyses on twins of the artworks, which are correct in size, proportions and appearance, while safeguarding the physical integrity of the original piece
  • digital twins can be used instead of the original for insurance purposes, cultural and promotional dissemination, for commercial activities that intend to refer to reproductions of valuable elements

Structural and environmental monitoring

An important point to be considered for the conservation and protection of heritage is the preventive attention to the integrity of the property, a main measure to avoid rushing to exceptional restoration interventions.

The monitoring of thermohygrometric parameters, temperature and humidity of exhibition halls, laboratories and warehouses, is part of preventive activities regulated by technical standards, such as UNI 10829: 1999, and by laws, such as the D.M. n.10 May 2001 ; such norms and laws are instruments created to define standards in the conservation of cultural heritage, the ideal microclimatic conditions, and the measurements that must be performed.

Notably, it is important to verify the constant compatibility between the artworks contained in rooms and the defined standard parameters (e.g. temperature, humidity and density of visitors, average transit times, etc.), implementing and correlating the data from various sources into a single synoptic dashboard.

In the same way it is important to understand the stability of structures, especially in large cities – to avoid damages due to micro-vibrations caused by the traffic or underground vehicles – or in areas at risk of seismic activity .

Archimede Arte provides complete and accurate solutions with “best-in-class” technologies, IoT platforms and advanced algorithms, which allow to obtain an overview of the behavior of the infrastructure over time.