3D survey and semantic analysis for the documentation of built heritage. The case study of Palazzo Centrale of Pavia University


  • Alessia Miceli University of Pavia
  • Marco Morandotti University of Pavia
  • Sandro Parrinello University of Pavia




3d Information systems, Semantic breakdown, Built heritage digitalisation, Built heritage management, University of Pavia


In the procedures regarding built heritage documentation, the process of representing the object in a digital environment is characterized by a high level of complexity. In fact, the need to process heterogeneous information, referring to quantity, quality and format is one of the main emerging issues. Recent technologies of digitization of our built environment offer excellent performances on data reliability and time of acquisition. On the other hand, they bring about new challenges regarding how to define methodologies and strategies to effectively elaborate such information.

A possible way to optimize the use of these data is by implementing them into informative systems: these tools have great potential in the creation of multi-layered representations and offer extensive possibilities for interpretations and analyses.

This research, carried out by the laboratories DAdaLab and PLAY of the University of Pavia, focuses on the University’s Palazzo Centrale and aims at developing a precise methodological approach: starting from the 3D acquisition, the survey data are discretized – through critical processes of semantic analysis and breakdown – and later implemented into informative databases.

Moreover, the architectural characters, construction phases and the strong bond with the urban setting make the case study particularly valuable; therefore, it represents an excellent opportunity to point out the potentials of this approach to the definition of management tools for the conservation of built heritage.


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Author Biographies

Alessia Miceli, University of Pavia

Graduated in Building and Architectural Engineering at the University of Catania with a master’s thesis entitled “A Sheltering Restoration: A Proposal for Villagonia”, focused on the reuse of religious heritage as an opportunity to implement the social sustainability. The topic has been further developed in publications of national and international relevance. After working with architecture studios, she has collaborated with the Lincolnshire County Council, on typological surveys and the definition of G.I.S. maps aimed to the conservation and urban planning of some of the Lincolnshire’s historic towns. Scolarship fellow at the DAda Lab – Drawing Architecture DocumentAction Laboratory, she works on research activities for the documentation of historically relevant architectural sites through digital representation systems, particularly focusing on the monumental complex of Palazzo Centrale of the University of Pavia.

Marco Morandotti, University of Pavia

DICAr Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture

Sandro Parrinello, University of Pavia

DICAr Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture


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