ResponDrone integrates 3D mapping technology to provide first responders with near real-time data

ResponDrone’s new precision mapping abilities enable rescue teams to better understand their working environment in emergency situations such as fire, flood or any other natural disaster.

The international ResponDrone project has integrated into its situation awareness system for emergency situations a near real-time 3D mapping solution to provide on-site emergency teams with tools that will help them to better evaluate their working environment. The upgraded ResponDrone System will provide accurate location information to first responders, especially in relation to infrastructure, when called on to deal with a fire, flood or any other natural disaster. ResponDrone has signed an agreement with Hivemapper to integrate its latest crowdsourced mapping technology. The ResponDrone System can now fly a mission over an area, process the collected data and turn it into an up-to-date 3D map. This is in line with the modular approach ResponDrone has adopted in the design of its platform, allowing easy expansion of the platform using state-of-the-art technology and giving first responders access to those tools. “The need to provide precision 3D mapping to rescue teams as fast as possible has been identified by ResponDrone as a key capability toward attaining its goal of maximizing situation awareness for first responders,” said ResponDrone project coordinator Max Friedrich of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). “If an ambulance driver uses an outdated map to arrive at the scene of an accident, or a firefighting crew can’t get to the scene of the forest fire as roads have been blocked due to falling trees as a result of the wildfire, the results could be fatal.” By using Hivemapper technology, ResponDrone will serve the needs of emergency services by providing the teams on the ground with the highly focused and updated situation awareness they need. The broader community will benefit from the updated mapping data as the impact of natural disasters will be reflected in the mapping app in near real time, which might otherwise have taken years to feature on traditional mapping platforms.

SLCT Offers Training Videos for Purchase

The Scottish Lime Centre Trust is very excited to present 4 new training videos that build upon the knowledge base in our current Traditional Masonry Building Repair DVD and explain traditional building techniques and materials in more detail than ever.

·  Traditional Limewash Finishes

·  Re-pointing Traditional Masonry

·  Surface Repair of Stone and Brick Using Lime Based Mortars

·  External Lime Finishes for Traditional Buildings

For only £9.60 each, these 20 minute long videos are yours to view at your convenience.

You can also buy all 4 videos for only £30! That’s a bargain!

Please visit our website to buy and download your copy now

June edition of Natural Stone Specialist magazine released

To see the June edition of Natural Stone Specialist magazine click here… free-of-charge and available online to everyone throughout the pandemic, as we strive to keep access to the magazine as easy as possible for you all, including those of you who are still working from home or self-isolating.

The issue includes: Winners of three one-off Special Awards to mark the 20th Natural Stone Awards; Report on the impact of the pandemic on stone memorials; Careers in stone report; Latest Stone Federation news; plus more…

The European Cultural Heritage Skills Alliance CHARTER has been Launched

The European Cultural Heritage Skills Alliance CHARTER (Cultural Heritage Actions to Refine Training, Education and Roles), has been launched, an Erasmus+ project taking place from January 2021 until December 2024, and with a Consortium of 21 full members that includes ICOMOS and its International Scientific Committee CIF (International Scientific Committee on Training), with 7 affiliate partners and 19 associate members from 14 EU states.

The project stems from the lack of statistical recognition of the cultural heritage (CH) sector. Without this, the economic impact of the sector goes unnoticed and consequently, the sector’s potential to strengthen European cultural identities and social cohesion cannot be realised. The initiative Cultural Heritage Actions to Refine Training, Education and Roles (CHARTER) will combine newly gathered knowledge of sector specific competencies and skills with already existing findings and recommendations to streamline a novel strategic approach to sectoral cooperation.

Call for participating the 2021 project Back to Life Revitalisation of Places post covid 19 and photo-exhibition exchange “Florence in the World, the World in Florence”

We are glad to present our new 2021 project Back to Life Revitalisation of Places post covid 19 and to invite you to participate. The purpose is to commit groups of young university students in the world in promotion (in time of pandemic) interpretation, presentation and enhancement the “local cultural expressions” of a specific heritage site in their country, by implementing the Foundation’s “Life Beyond Tourism” Methodology. Universities-partners with classes on Architecture, Landscape, Heritage, Geography, Tourism, Social Sciences and Humanities and similar are invited to participate.
  1. The first step in this project is to invite you to host our photo-exhibition “Florence in the World, the World in Florence. It’s 14 posters (made by Corinna Del Bianco) that explore Florence, its architecture, landscape, lifestyle, its cuisine, its ways of saying; posters are endowed of the NFC technology that allows guests to access additional online content by simply placing their smartphone close to each poster. It is a mere example how we have represented the Florence identity, according to our Life Beyond Tourism vision. For further information on the exhibition, click here.
  2. Later, we will invite you to select a group of students to produce an analogous exhibition dedicated to the local cultural expressions, traditional knowledge and customs of their region that the Foundation and the LBT-TTD Movement will exhibit in Florence in Fall 2021, in the International Festival of the Cultural Expressions from the World; an ideal world intersection of cultural identities nurturing the desire of knowledge, respect and dialogue and prompting the post-pandemic-travel-for-values. Of course, the dissemination throughout our Portal, social media, newsletter and so on.
Herewith, we are inviting you to express your interest in hosting the exhibition in your venue and creating a youth working group for the production of a “cultural storytelling” a heritage site at your choice.
Finally, for your information, here follows those institutions that already adopted the project: like Azerbaijan University of Architecture and Construction Durham UniversityIvanovo State UniversityRiga Technical UniversityTambov State Technical UniversityTogliatti Academy of ManagementAzerbaijan University of Tourism and ManagementTbilisi New Higher Educational InstituteEuropean Humanities University in VilniusAcademy of Fine Arts of Lodz, UCLG Africa and ALGA (Morocco) Kyoto Seika University and Kyrgyz Russian Slavic University will join soon. Of course, those are just the first ones who joined the project, but we are confident that for the time being many other partners will participate.

Call for Papers: International Conference Florence Heri-Tech

Florence Heri-Tech was launched in 2018 by the Department of Industrial Engineering of University of Florence (DIEF) and Florence Biennial Art and Restoration Fair. The idea is to create a synergy between Cultural Heritage and New Technologies. The Conference involves a large number of research projects and scholars from around the world and puts the industry’s current issues under the spotlight, specifically on issues related to innovative techniques and technologies for Cultural Heritage. The Conference is part of the 8th Edition of the Florence Biennial Art and Restoration Fair, an international event attracting prestigious institutions and companies and creating a unique opportunity to bring together the academic word with industry. The city of Florence will therefore be the international heart of Restoration and Cultural and Environmental assets as well as a forum for meeting and discussing for experts and enthusiasts from around the world. The Conference will be a significant opportunity for exchange between researchers and companies for the promotion of productive excellence, technological evolution, the greater use of culture for younger sections of the population and specialization in the educational field for graduates and PhD students.

CALL FOR PAPERS – Submit your Abstract

September 17, 2021 | Updated Deadline to Submit Abstract

September 30, 2021 | Abstract acceptance notification
December 17, 2021 | Deadline to submit draft paper
January 31, 2022 | Submission of final paper

New Postgraduate Qualification from the Engine Shed – MSc Technical Building Conservation

The MSc Degree and Postgraduate Diploma qualifications are awarded by the University of Stirling. Candidates will be enrolled as postgraduate students in the University of Stirling’s Arts and Humanities faculty.

MSc Technical Building Conservation

Are you a graduate, active professional or building practitioner looking to further your understanding of conservation principles and practices? Then our postgraduate qualifications are designed with you in mind.

We have worked with heritage experts and the University of Stirling to fill a gap in practical building conservation training. If you are looking to take your career to the next level in the historic environment sector, our qualifications will give you a competitive advantage.

Learn how to manage conservation projects, visit sites across Scotland to meet practitioners and gain unique insights into major repair schemes.

Upon successful completion of the course, you’ll receive an MSc from our partners, the University of Stirling.

University of York Department of Archaeology – New Funded Studentship Opportunity

The University of York (UoY) and Historic England (HE) are pleased to announce the availability of a fully funded Collaborative doctoral studentship from October 2021 under the AHRC’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Scheme.
Entitled ‘Informing our Heritage Future(s): Preserving our Digital Past(s)’ this project will explore one of the most pressing challenges facing the heritage sector: the consistent capture, selection and archiving of diverse digital data sets that ensure their future accessibility and interoperability by the public and historic environment stakeholders.
This project will be jointly supervised by Dr Kate Giles and Kieron Niven (UoY) and David Andrews and Simon Taylor (HE) and the student will be expected to spend time at both the University of York and Historic England as well as becoming part of the wider cohort of CDP funded students across the UK. The studentship can be studied either full or part-time.
The project will take as its focus the historic High Street, which is currently facing a period of unprecedented change as COVID accelerates long-term trends in retail and residential demand, and as developers and local authorities seek to support the sustainable development of this heritage asset to meet key challenges of economic and environmental sustainability, housing needs, and climate change.
Close attention will be paid to the formats of digital data sets generated by stakeholders with particular emphasis on new developments in complex digital data sources such as laser scanning and LIDAR and the capacity and potential of data management systems such as GIS and HBIM to support better sharing, accessibility and interoperability within and between relevant stakeholders, aligning with HE’s Heritage Information Access Strategy (HIAS).
The deadline for applications is 31st May 2021 and the studentship period is four years.