Cultural Heritage

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About Sector

Cultural heritage organisations and museums created digitally or converted into digital forms from existing analogue resources. A digital twin of the cultural heritage can be used for better documentation, maintenance, reproduction, reconstruction, promotion and related project management purposes.

Data Collection

The Civetta is the most precise and easy-to-use panorama camera that can be used to capture different forms of cultural heritage, both indoor and outdoor, above the mountain or underground. 360×180° HDR images are captured for viewing, analysis, communication and documentation purposes. The I-Detic is used to capture part of the physical building or specific objects; it can be used in combination with the Civetta to increase the accuracy of the 3D photogrammetry models. Both the hardware can be operated in critical situations with the simple capturing method. Staffs in the factory can capture digital data periodically by themselves right after simple training. The I-Detic is IP68 waterproof and radiation-free, which can be used for inaccessible regions or wet areas.

Data Management

All data captured can be stored and managed in the Visual Asset Management System. The system combines complex measuring techniques and advanced data processing with a user-friendly interface and various options for individual system customisation. The result is a highly flexible, high-performance system delivering easily understood condition information straight to the user. Along with the image and 3D models captured in the field, other digital assets are collectively managed in the Visual Asset Management System VAM2 provided by Weiss AG.

A comprehensive digital twin of the cultural heritage can be produced via the VAM2, and a multidisciplinary group can work collaboratively to support the development and use of the digital heritage files. 2D/3D data of the heritage can be captured over time for comparison, analysis and evaluation purposes.

Here are some of the assets that might be collected to create a digital twin for the platform.

3D point clouds and mesh model, with measurement data
360 HDR panorama image(JPG), with measurement data
Other high-resolution images of the scene and objects
DAMAGE OR Safety Evaluation Report and records
previous exhibitions and publications
Inspection plan and floor plan(CAD, BIM)
Standardised videos and 360° videos
other office documents or media
digitalised and scanned files
Drone-fly through videos and images



  •  2D/3D documentation for the cultural heritage for legal, academic and research purpose.

  • 3D photogrammetry model for digital Inspection and analysis.

  • Enable visual analysis and comparison of 2D/3D digital heritage in two different time slots.

  • Visually represent maintenance tasks or history.

  • HDR virtual tour for virtual heritage experience, marketing and educational purposes.

  • Combine and connect all types of assets to form a digital heritage asset portfolio for better access, manage, share and modify.

  • Create a system to support all involved parties to access heritage-related information anytime, anywhere.

  • Create digital materials for the heritage which can be used for publication and exhibition purposes.

  • Building a sustainable ecosystem that can be updated and modify by the research and government department with time

  • Using the digital twins as a reference for urban planning or protections.

Examples and case studies

  • The local government in Chao Zhou province (China) used the Civetta and VAM2 to create digital twins for a rural town.

  • The local government in Beijing (China) uses the Civetta and VAM2 to create digital twins for a traditional, old district.

  • Mogao Caves (China) also known as the Thousand Buddha Grottoes or Caves of the Thousand Buddhas. Use the Civetta, I-Detic and VAM2 to create digital twins for many caves/temples. The resource is further used for research and documentation purposes.

  • Kai Hua Temple (China) used the Civetta, I-Detic and VAM2 to create a digital twin for the temple and its murals. The murals remain as the earliest mural in China with a known author.

Civetta 360° spherical kaihuasi temple
civetta on location

Some of the previous clients

  • The Palace Museum
  • Dun Huang Mo Gao Cave
  • Kai Hua Temple

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