Heritage Engineering master’s student Alex Federman documents the entrance to Queen Nefertari’s tomb.

Carleton University to Host International Symposium on Digital Heritage Conservation

Carleton University will host the 26th International Committee of Architectural Photogrammetry (CIPA) Symposium, marking the first time the symposium is taking place in North America. Carleton’s campus will welcome 300 delegates from around the world to collaborate on the theme of Digital Workflows for Heritage Conservation.

The symposium will feature keynote addresses, presentations and discussions on new technologies and leading research in the field of digital heritage conservation. This event has been organized by the Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS), which is playing a vital role in Parliament Hill renovations, and the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)/International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) CIPA Heritage Documentation Committee.

When: Monday, Aug. 28 to Friday, Sept. 1, 2017
Where: Various locations, Carleton University
Info: For event times and locations, please refer to the online symposium program.

Media are invited to attend the symposium. Media attendees are required to RSVP to Laurie.Smith3@carleton.ca and please provide notice if you wish to attend the Parliament Hill dinner by noon on Friday, Aug. 25.


Symposium Opening Ceremony
When: Monday, Aug. 28, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.
Where: Atrium, Room RB2926, Richcraft Hall, Carleton University

Carleton professors Mario Santana Quintero and Stephen Fai will chair the symposium’s opening ceremony.


Welcome Reception by Canada’s Heritage Community

When: Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017 at 6 p.m.
Where: Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat, Aga Khan Foundation Canada, 199 Sussex Drive, Ottawa

This event will feature the keynote lecture Knowledge Sharing, Dissemination and Production of up-to-date Documentation Methods in Areas of Crisis by Zaki Aslan, as well as an expert panel discussion on heritage documentation in times of conflict.

Aslan is the regional representative of the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) for the Arab States and founding director of the Sharjah-based ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre, United Arab Emirates.

Full event details can be found online.


Parliament Hill Dinner

When: Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, at 6 p.m.
Where: Sir John A. Macdonald Building, 144 Wellington Street, Ottawa
Info: Media attendees must bring government-issued identification. (example: driver’s licence, passport) Business attire is recommended.


Closing Ceremony

When: Friday, Sept. 1, 2017 at 3:30 p.m.
Where: Theatre, Room RB2200, Richcraft Hall, Carleton University
Session chairs will present a report on issues addressed during the symposium. Symposium awards will be presented, as well as the invitation for CIPA 2019.


About CIMS

CIMS develops tools and techniques to transform data into tangible and meaningful artifacts that impact the way people see, think and work in the world. Over the past decade, CIMS has built an international reputation by collaborating with public, private and not-for-profit partners on a diverse portfolio of projects that demonstrate the potential of new and emerging digital technologies for architectural rehabilitation and heritage conservation. Affiliated with the Faculty of Engineering and Design’s Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism, CIMS is dedicated to the education of the next generation of heritage professionals.



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