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CIPA HD Commission III on Education and Dissemination

CIPA HD Emerging Professionals

Title of the Tutorial:

“Recording Monumental & Complex Heritage: Challenges and Decision-Making to Tackle them.”


Becoming an experienced heritage specialist depends on your interests and on the opportunities that arise. Sometimes it also depends on the stubbornness you tackle the challenges that arise, and the gumption you set out on new paths. The boundary is a thin one: to propose oneself for new activities, to look for solutions to new problems, but also to guarantee the quality of produced results, adherence to set time constraints, and sustainability of undertaken projects. Technological advancements increase automation and speed of heritage documentation, but there are always complex scenarios in which experience and human-input play a fundamental role. Therefore, it is necessary to recall problems faced in similar situations, to invent new ways of proceeding, and, why not, to know whom to ask for help.


In these times, we have become accustomed to remote simulations of historical sites, heritage architecture, museums, and other places of cultural interest. However, we are just starting to learn how to benefit from them and how to use them for didactical purposes—especially for teaching new generations of documentation professionals. The proposed Tutorial will function as a teaching workshop collecting “behind the scenes” experiences and lessons learned from campaigns of large, monumental complexes, and other instances of significantly difficult heritage recording. The moderators would like to invite professional and academic teams which have taken part in such endeavors to showcase the strategies and solutions adopted to overcome certain challenges and to illustrate their way of thinking in doing so, but also how the decision making affected obtained results, from a didactical perspective. We believe that it may be of interest to the Emerging Professionals, and in general to the younger CIPA audience also to know the problems, the difficulties, the more practical aspects of work in the field – and in the office.


Grazia Tucci, Chair of Commission III “Education and Dissemination”

Valentina Bonora

Erica Parisi

Stathis Adamopoulos, Emerging Professionals Working Group                                                                

Becca Napolitano, Emerging Professionals Working Group                                                                

Thanasis Moysiadis, Co-Chair of Commission III “Education and Dissemination”

Thematic topics

In brief, the proposed Tutorial addresses the following representative thematic topics.

      ▪ Recording of large, monumental complexes

      ▪ Challenges and lessons learned from survey campaigns

      ▪ Decision making for heritage documentation

      ▪ Didactical experiences

      ▪ Tips, tricks, and strategies for emerging professionals 


Organizational requirements


The proposed Tutorial will be presented during the first day of the symposium.


According to the CIPA 2021 Symposium Agenda, the total time of the Tutorial can be 3 hours (180 min.) in total. A time plan for the session is the following: 

150 min. (5 oral presentations from different groups, of 30 min. each), 

30 min. (questions/discussion at the end).

Of course, this is subject to change according to the symposium program needs on behalf of the organizers.

Important dates 

The important dates of the proposed Tutorial may be the deadlines for accepting contributions, for receiving feedback from the moderators, and for presenting the revised content to the moderators to make a final check before the Tutorial. 


The rapporteurs/moderators’ intent to first explore the possibility of finding contributors through their channels and the Executive Board’s/Conference organizers’ channels, and then to release a call for contributors if the five spots have not been filled. 

A special poster or flyer dedicated to the proposed Tutorial can be made for dissemination purposes and distributed via email or using the Emerging Professionals’ social network platforms.