The RLICC and the University College St. Lieven have organized 10 versions of teh Architectural Heritage Documentation for Conservation Workshop (ARCHDOC), the last one from January 10 to 14, 2011. Twenty-five students from the RLICC and University of Aachen RWTH (Germany) were given hands-on training on heritage recording techniques by instructors from the Getty Conservation Institute, Muhlenberg College, Politecnico di Torino, Politecnico di Milano, National Technical University of Athens, and Public Works and Government Services Canada.
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This course was originally developed from the “Partnership in Learning” between the RLICC and English Heritage, which throughout nine years gave integrated heritage documentation training to more than 250 conservation specialists around the world. The students carried out an extensive documentation of the Charterhouse cloister in Leuven, the results were presented to the RLICC staff. Besides the workshop a PhD seminar was organized in the field of heritage documentation with researchers from Belgium, Italy and Colombia.
The course consists of 1 1/2-days session of lectures, 3 ½ days of field work sessions and a final presentation prepared by students on the activities prepared, as well as, a doctoral seminar.
During the workshop, the students will have access to engage with the use of recording techniques in documenting historic buildings; the instructors will provide field demonstrations and hands-on using the following instruments:
- Architectural photography;
- Simple and cost-effective aerial photography;
- REDM Measurements (Using a Total Station, Theolt and AutoCAD);
- Scaled-rectified Photography;
- Panoramic Photography;
- Hand sketches;
- Distance measuring (DISTO).
The introductory lectures are design to present an overview of the tools to be used using training material developed by both English Heritage, Public Works Canada, and the Getty Conservation Institute in close collaboration with the R. Lemaire International Centre for Conservation.
This year three new institutions have joined the partnership, the Muhlenberg College, Polytechnic University of Turin and the Polytechnic University of Milan, professors from these intuitions will be presenting a special lecture about their heritage documentation projects and research.
The group of students from the R. Lemaire International Centre for Conservation (KU Leuven) and University of Aachen RWTH have been split in five groups, each of this team has been assigned a group of facilitators and a heritage space to record.
The facilitators will provide essential training and guidance to prepare an “Integrated Project Dossier” of the space being recorded, this document will be presented at the end of the workshop and it should contain:
- Architectural description of the place;
- Location of the space that have been recorded, in terms of the historic building;
- Measured maps and photographs illustrating the “state of conservation” of the space;
- Explanation of the recording strategy used to record the place.
The deliverables should consist of a printed of the “Integrated Project Dossier” on A3 format and “all” the digital files used to produce this document (these includes PDFs, AutoCAD drawings, digital photographs, Powerpoint, etc). On Friday morning, a presentation of 15 minutes has been organized for other RLICC staff members, in which each of the teams should demonstrate the work that they have carried out and the outcome.
The students with the help of the instructors are expected to prepare a 10 minutes (maximum 7 slides) describing the techniques used, methodology and results of the 2 ½ days work. The measured plans resulting from the work with be plotted on both PDF and using an A3 printer during the final day to present to the RLICC staff.
Technical requirements for students
- A portable computer (if available)
- Digital camera (if available)
- Hand survey tools
- Pencils, tape, and other drafting tools
Attendance and participation
The students are expected to actively participate in lectures and field sessions, asking questions and providing timely feedback and enquiries about assignments. Punctual attendance to all course activities is expected.
The contribution of all team members is expected, students are encourage to communicate the performance of their IPD group colleagues during the Worksop. Additionally, a peer review form and course evaluation forms will be provided after the midterm presentations, which should be deliver after the final presentation. These forms are of anonymous character and their submission is mandatory.