ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN GEOMATICS AND CONSERVATION: LESSONS LEARNED FROM INTEGRATED RESTORATION LABORATORIES
The paper aims at investigating results, research perspectives, and limitations emerging from the synergy between geomatics and conservation. Recent didactic experiences carried out in restoration laboratories at Politecnico di Milano are illustrated and discussed. The authors tested innovative techniques for surveying with particular attention to the conservation problem. The aim was to exploit novel 360° virtual/immersive environments able to collect and manage data traditionally useful for conservation projects such as thematic maps of historical building techniques, construction technologies, deterioration pathologies, and data from diagnostics. Results are presented for two case studies completely different in terms of shape, pathologies, and reuse: the Albergo Diurno di Porta Venezia in Piazza Oberdan, and the Church of San Vittore and the Forty Martyrs (both in Milan). The work carried out with students allowed one to evaluate the pros and cons of a novel 360° immersive solution. The outcomes suggest other possible uses in related activities. The last part of the paper reconsiders the proposed “renewed” relationship between geomatics and restoration. Starting from the basic requirements of existing regulations, the paper explores the research fields and practical applications that could benefit from an intersection of geomatics and restoration.