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2.5​ ECTS

The completion of this course will revert in


international conference + summer school

Digital Survey in Religious


23rd – 29th July 2018

Mission & Objectives

The aim of the course is to provide participants with the knowledge and skills needed to conduct digital surveys in religious heritage sites through theoretical classes and practical activities. Based on real case studies, each participant will experience the entire process of 3d survey using the relevant equipment and technology: the field survey, data processing, rendering, interpretation and final presentation of the work. Participants will be guided by experienced tutors in all process stages.

The real case studies are 2 monasteries located in Alentejo region, about one hour away from Lisbon and situated around the UNESCO Heritage Site city of Évora.

These monasteries were part of the Congregation of Saint Paul of Serra de Ossa (Ossa Mountain), which was founded in 1482, originated by an important eremitic movement called Homens da Pobre Vida (poor life men), documented since 1366. The community of hermits expanded up to the first half of the 15th century, mostly in southern Portugal in the Alentejo region. In 1578, following a process of institutionalization led by the Church, an autonomous congregation was set up, affiliated in the Hungarian Order of Saint Paul the First Hermit, until 1834, when the decree of dissolution of the religious orders disbanded all the convents and monasteries in Portugal.



Early Bird fee (Until 24th June)

  • Students: 150€

  • Non students: 250€


Late Fee (Until 23rd July)

  • Students: 200€

  • Non students: 300€

Registration Includes:

- 2,5 ECTS
- International conference;
- 1 coffee break;
- 4 masterclasses;
- transports from Lisbon to Évora;
- transports to the case study area;
- 1 lunch in a regional restaurant;
- final presentation


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Advanced graduate or PhD student, post-doc, junior researcher in the fields of architecture, archaeology and engineering as well as professionals in the fields of Cultural Heritage and Historic Preservation, who are interested in obtaining fundamental knowledge and skills in survey methodology.


Maximum number of participants: 20


During the school the participants will be divided in groups, each group will be followed and conducted by a tutor. Participants are required to bring a personal laptop and a digital camera.

The summer school will be conducted in English, so participants should have a good command of the language.

Organization Committee


João Luís Inglês Fontes (IEM - NOVA FCSH; CEHR-UCP)

José Saldanha (DINÂMIA’CET-IUL)

Luís Mateus (CIAUD-UL)


Paulo Simões Rodrigues (CHAIA – UÉvora)

Rolando Volzone (DINÂMIA’CET-IUL)

Stefano Bertocci (DIDA – UNIFI)

case studies


Monastery of Santa

Margarida do Aivado (Évora)

Santa Catarina de Montemuro



Alexandra Paio

Assistant Professor at ISCTE-IUL. Director of VitruviusFabLab-IUL and Researcher at ISTAR-IUL. Co-Director of Advanced Studies Course in Digital Architecture (ISCTE-IUL+FAUP). PhD at ISCTE-IUL “urbanGENE: An Urban Grammar for Portuguese Settlements from the 16th to the 18th century”. Research at “OIKOnet. A global multidisciplinar network on housing research and learning”. Her main research interests: Participatory design processes, Interactive architecture and Digital Fabrication.


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Luís Mateus

Degree in Architecture. Received his PhD from the Faculty of Architecture of the Technical University of Lisbon with a thesis titled "Contributions to Conservation, Restoration and Rehabilitation planning. A documentary methodology based on terrestrial digital photogrammetry and 3D laser scanning ". He is a lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Lisbon (FAUL) in the areas of Geometry, Computing and Conservation. He is responsible for the 3D Scanning Laboratory of FAUL / CIAUD, and in this context, participated and coordinated several architectural surveys, in the scope of protocols and collaboration projects between the Faculty of Architecture and several external entities, notably the survey of the Arch of Rua Augusta , the Belém Palace, the Pegões aqueduct, and the Mafra Palace. He belongs to the research group ArcHC_3D of the Center for Research in Architecture, Urbanism and Design (CIAUD) where he develops research related to the production of graphic documentation of architecture, in particular in the context of Conservation and Restoration, through the use of laser scanning and photogrammetry. 


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Stefano Bertocci

Stefano Bertocci was born in Florence in April 29th, 1957; he graduated in Architecture at the Faculty of Architecture of Florence in 1984. Teaching activities at the School of Archaeology of the University of Florence, as professor of Drawing and Surveying (academic year 1999 - 2000) and professor of Surveying (academic year 2000 – 2001 until 2007 - 2008). Associate Professor, H11X area- Drawing. In 2002 (1/11/2002) he started to work at the University of Florence, Department of Design and Architecture, course of Survey of Architecture, five-years degree in EU Architecture, and coordenator of several international research projects.


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Soraya Genin

Soraya Genin (1965) is graduated in Architecture at the Faculty of Architecture of Lisbon (1990), has a Master degree in Science in Architecture, Specialization Conservation of Historic Towns and Buildings (1995) and a Ph.D. in Engineering (2014) by the Faculty of Engineering at the KU Leuven.

Assistant Professor in ISCTE-Lisbon University Institute and researcher at ISTAR -IUL, where she teaches Architectural Technology and Architectural Conservation since 2002. Actualy she teaches and supervise thesis in the Integrated Master of Architecture and Urbanism and PHD course.

President of the Executive Board of the Portuguese National Committee of ICOMOS, the International Council on Monuments and Sites. Portuguese delegate member of the International Scientific Committee for Stone (ISCS) and the International Scientific Committee on Theory and Philosophy of Conservation and Restoration (THEOPHILOS).

Soraya Genin coordinated diverse Architecture and Conservation projects, developed in her studio, established in 1999, in particular World Heritage Monuments such the Jerónimos monastery church and the Belém Tower in Lisbon, the Convent of Christ in Tomar, and Queluz Palace.

She authored several publications, especially on Conservation and Constructions in stone. One of her main research interest is the conception and construction of ribbed vaults, mainly the geometric analysis and architectural design. Her PHD dissertation include the analysis of almost 1000 religious buildings in Portugal, France, England, Spain and Central Europe.


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Pedro Sebastião

Pedro Sebastião, Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at IST, currently lecturer at ISCTE-IUL's Information Science and Technology Department, is Board director of AUDAX-ISCTE - Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center at ISCTE, responsible for the LABSLISBOA incubator and researcher at Institute of Telecommunications. His main researching interests are in monitoring, control and communications of drones, unmanned vehicles, planning tools, stochastic process (modeling and efficient simmulations), IoT, efficient communication systems.

He has oriented several master's dissertations and doctoral theses. He is the author or co-author of more than two hundred scientific articles and he has been responsible for several national and international R&D projects. He has been an expert and evaluator of more than one hundred national and international Civil and Defense R&D projects. He has several scientific, engineering and pedagogical awards. Also, he has organized more than fifty national and international scientific conferences. He planned and developed several postgraduate courses in technologies and management, entrepreneurship and innovation and transfer of technology and innovation. He has supported and oriented several projects involving technology transfer and creation of start-ups and spinoffs.

He developed his professional activity in the National Defense Industries, initially in the Office of Studies and later as board director of the Quality Department of the Production of New Products and Technologies. He was also responsible for systems of communications technology in the Nokia-Siemens business area.


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  • University of Evora campus residence (15€ per night)



  • Seminário Maior de Évora (20€ per night)​​





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Organized within  Rolando Volzone PhD project Arquitecturas da Alma. Proposta de Valorização da Arquitetura e Paisagem Eremítica no Alentejo dos séculos XII-XVI(Architectures of the soul. Proposal for the valorization of the eremitical architecture and landscape in Alentejo of XII-XVI centuries), supported under Grant (SFRH/BD/111796/2015) by FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT - Foundation for Science and Technology).

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