FIG Peer Review Journal


Terrestrial Laser Scanning for the Digital Preservation of a Croatian Historical Village “Dobranje” (4492)

Ela Vela, Luka Babić, Almin Đapo, Branko Kordić and Boško Pribičević (Croatia)
Mrs. Ela Vela
Research Assistant
University of Zagreb Faculty of Geodesy
Kaciceva 26
Corresponding author Mrs. Ela Vela (email: evela[at], tel.: + 385 14639414)

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Published on the web 2010-01-14
Received 2009-11-19 / Accepted 2010-01-14
This paper is one of selection of papers published for the FIG Congress 2010 in Sydney, Australia and has undergone the FIG Peer Review Process.

FIG Congress 2010
ISBN 978-87-90907-87-7 ISSN 2308-3441


Croatia is a country rich with cultural monuments, buildings, sculptures and cultural heritage in general. New surveying techniques, such as terrestrial laser scanning, allow the collection of specific spatial and structural data of cultural heritage monuments. Those techniques make a creation of accurate and reliable models possible. Terrestrial laser scanners have various uses in cultural heritage conservation tasks. This paper describes the research agenda at the Faculty of Geodesy, University of Zagreb, related to the inclusion of three-dimensional terrestrial laser scanning into all-important heritage of Croatian village Dobranje. The Dobranje village is under patronage of Ministry of Culture of the Republic Croatia. Dobranje is situated in the central part of Croatia near the town of Imotski, next to the border with Bosnia and Hercegovina. This area has been habituated for ages. Proof of that can be found in Iliric burial stone knolls, tombs dating from Middle Ages and so on. Cultural heritage of Dobranje village, and particularly the historical-architectural aspect of it, is very important. Evidences of historic evolutions can be found on all such objects. New advanced technologies like laser scanning can provide a good contribution to that task. Innovative terrestrial 3D laser scanning technology is used for creating accurate 3D documentation. Data obtained that way can and will be used for the purpose of protection, conservation and valorization of architectural, archeological and all important heritage. Such data and models can be used for the analysis of the structures and for reconstruction in case of any devastation.
Keywords: Laser scanning; Remote sensing; Engineering survey; History; terrestrial laser scanner; cultural heritage; 3D model