Photogrammetry Workshop Plovdiv 2022

A few thoughts after the Photogrammetry Workshop Plovdiv 2022, a pre-event for the 14th ICCM Conference Plovdiv 2022. My first intensive photogrammetry course in the shape of a workshop.

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The last two weeks were a bit of a tour de force for me. First, with two of my Institute colleagues, we went on a long trip over the mountains, over ALL the mountains, up to the land of Maramures in search of the vestiges of a long-lost wooden church (from the 16th century). A 1200 km drive (there and back) and 3 days of work. In the same week I came back from Maramures I drove off to Plovdiv (380 km). But it was well worth it based on the participants feedback.

I am honored by the invitation to conduct a training (almost an intensive course), on the correct approach to a 3D digitization process by photogrammetry, designed specifically for mosaic-type polychrome surfaces. The workshop was organized by ICCM Foundation as a pre-event to the 14th ICCM Conference, which took place in Plovdiv last week.

In short, it was a wonderful experience that I owe to Anjo Weichbrodt, the organizer of this workshop, who also contributed to the training, apart from the organizational aspects, by presenting an alternative method of data acquisition with a 5m monopod (a very useful drone replacement for indoor spaces). The workshop was preceded by a 2-hour online theoretical presentation two weeks before when participants were introduced to important topics related to the importance and meaning of 3D digitization for heritage in general, as well as what is behind the ‘black box’ of photogrammetric processing algorithms.

I also want to thank the “pupils” (Christos, Kristen, Anzhelika, Nikifor, Styliani, Eleni, Agni, Irena, Simon, and Emmet) who, although many of them were using this technique for the first time, they achieved excellent practical results by correctly applying the acquisition and processing methods learned during the workshop.

The workshop itself was split in three parts: a full theoretical presentation from both me and Anjo, practical demonstration within the Great Basilica of Plovdiv and actual practice for the students on two modern mosaic walls in the center of Plovdiv.

Last but not least, I greatly appreciate the representatives of the Great Basilica, Plovdiv museum, with their director Elena Kantareva-Decheva, the curator Stanislav Stanev for the detailed tour of the museum and the effort made to make us feel at home in the organized space, Mishko Tutovski the conservator responsible for the site, and Evgenii Todorov for the wonderful photographs taken.

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