Notes from Spain – Sunday 7/11/2010

11 07 2010

Spain just won the world cup!! We had an evening out for dinner. The whole field school went into town for a typical tapas dinner complete with wines and beers from around the area…then we went to a public square where the whole town was out to watch the match. sat and watched and yelled and cheered…our German colleagues were hoping for the Netherlands…but Espana won!! The town erupted! We had the best time and was so incredible to see how sport united a country under one flag! Incredible!

Our day today started with a strategizing session and then trip into the site. We have about 35 students here from Greece, Germany, Italy, Lithuanian, Greece, and Spain. the German team is doing the scanning and we have spent a lot of time talking and socializing with them and their students. It is incredible because I use their case studies in classes I teach at USF! They are doing innovative techniques with helicopters and large scale photography from the air and laser scanning from a variety of scales. Also they were talking to us about the use of interactive 3D systems for classroom teaching – what an absolutely incredible opportunity this is!

We want to bring USF students next year and feel that the collaboration will be once in a lifetime experience. They are looking to us for experiences with 3D to 2D and short range scanning applications, and are interested in the public archaeology and technology transfer projects we have undertaken. We are amazed at the collaboration that exists here! We head back to the field tomorrow and begin assisting with the documentation of the site by students who will use a variety of techniques. We are quite interested in the Italians and Greeks here who are doing photogrammetric applications. Lots to learn and to share!

 More updates soon!


Notes from Spain – July 9 2010

10 07 2010

These are pictures from our last night in Seville.   First photos are from walk around historic district. We went to the University there and saw a display about tobacco history in Spain. Next we walked through gardens that had tributes to conquistadors and Columbus. We walked around the central plaza area and found this incredible little restaurant that served tapas and wine from Rioja (where we will be heading next). We talked a lot with the owner who brought us several dishes to try…he wanted me to try the lamb, but I do not eat lamb or veal. He instead gave us some great chicken, pork and beef with potatoes different ways, fresh bread olive oil and of course the wine. People eat late here, and we were told that many people don’t have full dinner until after midnight (especially weekends). We are still jet lagged a bit and definitely on American time. After dinner we went to a traditional pub and more conversation and seeing what the locals were up to. It was our last night in Seville. Bull fighting is huge here and of course all the talk centers on Spain being in the ‘football’ World Cup finals on Sunday! What a time to be in Spain!

 We headed back to Madrid in the AM to stay at the scholar in residence spot that Travis blogged about. We viewed the campus area (Check out the slideshow.) and went out for another great meal and social gathering. We meet up with other university professors tomorrow and head to the field school site to begin work. More from there!

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Notes from Spain – Friday, July 9 2010

9 07 2010

Lori and I are honored to have been invited to stay at the Residencia de Estudiantes in the center of Madrid, Spain. The Residencia is a unique center in Spain’s cultural life, and for over a century has maintained its function as an accommodation site for scholars, artists and professionals from various cultural fields and countries. The professional and academic standing of those residents fosters an atmosphere for interdisciplinary exchange. This campus-like environment facilitates social and intellectual interaction among the residents. We look forward to speaking with other scholars presently in attendance. Following our stay here, we head north to Logroño to begin the field school.

Travis Doering

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Notes from Spain – July 8th

8 07 2010

Unfortunately, we are losing cultural heritage every day. From prestigious World Heritage sites that are literally ‘loved to death’ with too much visitation and problems of open public access, to sites that are little known or neglected due to inability to fund conservation projects, or are imperiled due to natural hazards such as earthquakes, mudslides, or hurricanes. These problems are compounded when you add to the mix vandalism, looting, and development. USF, working with European University collaborators is helping to train students to deal with these problems using 21st Century tools such as 3D laser scanners, Global Positioning Systems, and specialized photographic imaging techniques. These international experiences are critical for exchange between faculty collaborators that do not normally get to work together and provide opportunities for new ideas and exchanges that include student outreach and engagement with diverse communities. As faculty participating in this program, we will share and bring back our experiences to the USF community, including using the case studies encountered to engage our classes and promote active learning. The intent is to lay a foundation for future field opportunities abroad with the European Union and USF involving students from Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture, History, and the Natural and Environmental Sciences. We are excited to be facilitating this opportunitiy for future USF collaboration.


Notes from Spain – July 7th

8 07 2010

We are in Seville today, but trying to catch up on sleep before seeing the sights tomorrow. This area has much in the way of UNESCO World Heritage sites that we will be touring. Took the high speed train to get from Madrid today. The transit in the country is rather good and we made it to Seville in 2 hours. We stay here through Friday and then back to Madrid to meet with the other professors and head out for the field school.


Notes from Spain – July 6 2010

8 07 2010

We are collaborating with the EU and universities here and are training about 30 European students in special documentation strategies for heritage. We are focusing on applications for three-dimensional laser scanning for architectural heritage. Our lectures will showcase work that USF has done in Florida and Mesoamerica to conserve, preserve, document and analyze stone monuments and structures. My talks will focus on the methodology of producing as-built designs and 2 and 3D renderings for preservation and conservation heritage work. Travis will be lecturing about indigenous communities and integrating intangible heritage documentation with tangible heritage aspects in research strategies and preservation programs. Our school is a 2 week program. We will be applying our teachings to a real world project, documenting a 12th Century monastic ruin site, and examining aspects of heritage management and promotion of sustainable tourism and heritage documentation.

Lori Collins

Notes from Spain – July 4 2010

8 07 2010

Travis Doering and I have been selected to be guests of the European Union and to travel to Spain this month. We will be lecturing and participating with an international field school on heritage documentation (Geometric Documentation of Heritage:European Integration of Technologies). USF will be the only university/participant from the Americas and will be working with:

  •  University of the Basque Country (Universidad del País Vasco), Spain
  •  Technical University of Madrid (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid) Spain
  •  HafenCity University Hamburg (HafenCity Universität), Germany
  •  Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (Vilniaus Gedimino Technikos Universitetas), Lituania
  •  University of Siena (Universita degli Studi Siena), Italy
  •  National Technical University of Athens, Greece

 We will be training students from these institutions on the latest in heritage documentation advancements, and also providing lectures and examples from our work in the United States, Mexico, and Guatemala. Specifically, we will be showing the applied aspects that involve cultural perspectives and outreach relating to the preservation of archaeological and historical sites. A primary objective of this field school is to provide an exchange of practical methodologies in areas related to the spatial documentation and representation of cultural heritage. It is a collaboration between teachers and students from different countries that offers multiple perspectives and learning opportunities.

 Digital techniques for the acquisition of geometric information include Global Positioning Systems (GPS), total stations, laser scanners, and photogrammetry systems.

  The focus project for the field school will be the documentation of a 12th Century monastery (images on our web site are available). Students will document architectural structures and features and generate the necessary metadata in order to ensure the data for use in the future. They will use the acquired spatial data to produce cartographic representations and virtual models that can be disseminated on the Internet. The expected results are complete metric data of the monument and graphic 3D models for diffusion and collaborative partnerships.

 We are excited about this opportunity and prestigious offer to join these universities in Europe and are looking forward to working toward the development of field opportunities for USF students next year for an international heritage documentation field school through this developing partnership. We will also be tweeting from the field, have flickr photos and a notes from the field section on our website. All of these links will be available from the AIST opening web page.