Innovative Methodology for Personalized 3D Representation and Big Data Management in Cultural Heritage

  • Emmanouil AlexakisEmail author
  • Evgenia Kapassa
  • Marios Touloupou
  • Dimosthenis Kyriazis
  • Andreas Georgopoulos
  • Antonia Moropoulou
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 961)


Three-dimensional (3D) visualization is an effective way not only to study but also to disseminate the built environment particularly the one of the cultural heritage (CH). The extended growth of the technical means have enabled standardized methods for (semi) automatic 3D model production motivating more and more researchers from various backgrounds (e.g. material scientists) to integrate the aspect of 3D modeling within their work despite the certain limitations concerning the amount and types of the data that have to be managed. In order to facilitate the needs of data management, a scalable, interactive, web-based platform is proposed within this work. The case study over which the proposed methodology has been implemented is the recently rehabilitated Holy Aedicule of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem due to the vast amount of heterogenous data produced for the needs of monument’s documentation before and during rehabilitation. To address this issue, the present study will provide the missing layer that enables the semantic data labeling, through data processing and filtering, and their spatial representation - visualization. Additionally, a straightforward methodology for affordable but of high quality and precision modeling of cultural heritage data and its exploitation towards the delivery of personalized content is achieved. As a result, the derivative georeferenced high-resolution 3D models are transformed resulting in a multi-resolution model management which under the appropriate configuration of the JavaScript components on an interactive web platform.


Cultural heritage 3D visualization Interactive web-based platform Data interoperability 



The authors wish to acknowledge the leaders of the Christian communities: His Beatitude the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III; His Paternity Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, who was the Custos of the Holy Land until May 2016 and is now the Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem; Father Francesco Patton, who has been Custos of the Holy Land since June 2016; and His Beatitude the Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem Nourhan Manougian. Contributions from all over the world secured the project’s funding. Worth noting Mica Ertegun’s and Jack Shear’s donations through World Monuments Fund, Aegean Airlines et al. The interdisciplinary NTUA team for the Protection of Monuments, Em. Korres, A. Georgopoulos, A. Moropoulou, C. Spyrakos, Ch. Mouzakis, were responsible for the rehabilitation project and A. Moropoulou, as Chief Scientific Supervisor of the project, was responsible for its scientific supervision. Acknowledgements are also attributed to the members of the Holy Sepulchre Common Technical Bureau: Th. Mitropoulos, Ph.D., the director of the Common Technical Bureau and construction site manager; O. Hamdan; C. Benelli; and I. Badalian.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Emmanouil Alexakis
    • 1
    Email author
  • Evgenia Kapassa
    • 2
  • Marios Touloupou
    • 2
  • Dimosthenis Kyriazis
    • 2
  • Andreas Georgopoulos
    • 3
  • Antonia Moropoulou
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Chemical EngineeringNational Technical University of AthensAthensGreece
  2. 2.Department of Digital SystemsUniversity of PiraeusPiraeusGreece
  3. 3.School of Rural and Surveying EngineeringNational Technical University of AthensAthensGreece

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