Project facts

Duration: 2015-09-01 - 2018-02-28
Project coordinator: Politecnico di Milano
Project consortium: Newcastle University - Schools of Civil Engineering and Geosciences (UK); Salamanca University - Higher Polytechnic School of Avila (Spain); Stanislaw Staszic Scientific Association (Poland)
Funding bodies: JPI CH; European Commission
Subject areas: Archives, Built Heritage, Conservation, Cultural Landscapes, Methods - Procedures, Monuments - Sites, Technologies - Scientific processes, Threats, Urban Heritage
Budget: 740.377.00€


  • The CHT2 project aimed at fully integrating the fourth dimension (4D) into Cultural Heritage studies for analyzing structures and landscapes through time.
  • CHT2 has collected heterogeneous material (multi-temporal aerial and terrestrial photographs, maps, drawings, etc.) and has combined it with contemporary 3D models.
  • These geo-referenced and metric products have been the basis for quantitative analyses about territory transformations or architectural changes, visualization purposes, preservation policies, future planning, or possible business applications.
  • The project has produced time-varying 3D products, from landscape to architectural scale, has envisaged and analyzed lost scenarios or visualized changes due to anthropic activities or intervention, pollution, wars, earthquake, or other natural hazards.
  • The heterogeneous information necessary for the project’s accomplishment has been sought from national museums and archives with the support of the associate partners.
  • A final project exhibition has shown the time-varying 3D products generated for different case studies.

Impacts & Results

  • The CHT2 project has supported well-defined, interdisciplinary and collaborative R&D projects.
  • It has introduced the temporal dimension (4D) for studying, analyzing, preserving and communicating Cultural Heritage structures and landscapes through time.
  • It has maximized the value of research outcomes by promoting their transfer to individuals and organizations.
  • It has produced a replicable methodology and technology useful to researchers and non-academic stakeholders.
  • It has supported a range of interactions and partnerships between Cultural Heritage researchers and a variety of user communities.
  • It has generated new and exciting knowledge exchange opportunities - ideas and possibilities for safeguarding and communicating heritage sites.
  • It has made 4D heritage sites easily accessible online and usable by a large community.
  • It has allowed digital preservation and maintenance of our culture and a better understanding of intangible expressions of our Cultural Heritage.


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