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The Digital Twin of the historical building of the University of Salamanca

The University of Salamanca (USAL) has a ‘digital twin’ of its historical building, a three-dimensional technological replica developed over the last two years and which allows access “in detail” to all the parts of the emblematic building, even knowing the peculiarities of the interior of its walls and even unprecedented and unattainable spaces until now that cannot be physically accessed by being behind its walls.

Currently, the actions for the conservation of buildings with historical and cultural value in Europe do not respond to standardized criteria and, fundamentally, are carried out when serious problems of structural deterioration arise. This fact obliges to allocate considerable economic, material and time resources for their recovery and has a negative impact on the fact that public financing barely arrives to safeguard assets with high patrimonial value.

In this context, on July 20, the rector, Ricardo Rivero, presented ” The Digital Twin of the Major Schools”, a technological platform that will allow the development of preventive conservation actions of its Historical Heritage in the architectural complex of the Major Schools. In the meeting with the media, the rector was accompanied by the vice-rector for Research and Transfer, José Miguel Mateos Roco, and the professor of the Department of Cartographic and Terrain Engineering of the University of Salamanca and director of the TIDOP Group responsible of the project, Diego González Aguilera.

The development designed by the TIDOP Group (Information Technologies for the Intelligent Digitization of Objects and Processes), located at the Higher Polytechnic School of Ávila, has its origin in an innovative concept of three-dimensional digitization of Heritage for the conservation of buildings with value historical. Thus, the technological solution integrates the three-dimensional digitization of the historic building with the analysis of big data and Artificial Intelligence of historical data and the monitoring of different bioclimatic / structural parameters of the building.

USAL researchers began to develop the implementation of the digital twin concept of the Major Schools two years ago, in collaboration with the Santa María La Real Foundation, as a result of the HeritageCare for the preventive conservation of the architectural historical heritage of the South of Europe of which they are part together with other European partners.

The initiative is now visible with the presentation of an innovative platform that integrates data, both from the structural geometry and the dynamism of the Senior Schools property, which will allow to know first-hand the health of the building. In addition, technological development also offers a value scale of the state of conservation of the property and its different dependencies, together with in-depth sectional reports throughout the structure that will enable medium and long-term analysis of future conservation actions. In this sense, the exhaustive intervention carried out in the area of ​​the General Library for the implementation of its preventive conservation studies stands out from the project.

Presentation video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0t4_trK7NQ

New published on 07/22/2021