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Zamani Project


  • Professor Heinz Rüther
  • Ralph Schroeder
  • Roshan Bhurtha
  • Stephen Wessels
  • Bruce McDonald


From project's website (accessed 14 January 2020)

MIssion: The Zamani Project documents cultural heritage worldwide with a focus on African sites. The documentation aims to create digital records for future generations, to contribute to conservation, restoration, education, research and to contribute to the creation of awareness of heritage and African identity. Underlying documentation principles are accuracy and authenticity.

Methodology: Spatial data of heritage sites are captured digitally using laser scanning, photogrammetry, drone and panorama photography as well as GNSS technology. From the acquired data, 3D models, sections, plans, elevations, panoramas and panorama tours are generated. The data form the basis of animations and interactive virtual worlds.

Data acquisition on field campaigns: Data are acquired during field campaigns which usually involve the entire team. The fieldwork varies in length and complexity depending on the documented structures and, sometimes more so, on local conditions, regulations and support. Typical field campaigns extend from 10 to 14 days. In some cases, multiple visits are necessary, such as in Lalibela and Petra where up to 8 visits were required to acquire the desired data. As a contribution to capacity building the team invites, wherever possible, staff from local heritage authorities as well as local students to participate in the fieldwork.