The desired goal is not only knowledge in itself, but the democratic dissemination of that process of “adequate knowledge, understood in a complex sense, capable of triggering that symbiosis between cultural development and economic development that \[…] becomes fundamental for inserting a territory, however well-known and emblematic, into a vital circuit that must be self-sustaining” (Valenti R. 2011); a vital circuit that can only be triggered by spreading new profitable relationships of interaction between operators and users of the territory, as advocated by the current directives in support of research and sustainable development, which promote ideas and projects aimed at the creation of smart cities and smart communities, i.e. characterised by the application of new information and communication technologies to improve governance, management and the sensitive and sustainable use of goods and services.
The laboratory carries out teaching and research activities for students during their internships, dissertations and doctoral theses.
The Laboratory of Surveying and Representation has carried out its activities within the framework of several funded research projects, in which the University of Enna Kore was a partner or leader, in particular:
Project “PRISMA – Interoperable cloud platforms for SMART-government”, (duration 32 months) financed under the National Operational Programme PON Research and Competitiveness 2007-2013 for the Convergence Regions – Axis II “Support for innovation”, Project code:
Project “SINAPSIS- SIstema NAzionale Protezione SIti Sensibili”, (duration 36 months) funded under the National Operational Programme PON Research and Competitiveness 2007-2013 – Action II “Support for industrial research”, project code PON01_01063;
Project MARTE- Remote Controlled Aerial Vehicle for the Detection of Territory”, (duration 39 months) financed under Line of Intervention 126.96.36.199 of the POR FESR Sicily 2007-2013 – Support Actions for Research and Experimental Development, Sicilian Region, Department of Productive Activities, (DDS n. 3413/3 of 04 August 2011;
Project ARS01_00926 “eWAS – An early warning system for cultural heritage” (duration 36 months) financed by MIUR – PON RICERCA & INNOVAZIONE 2014-2020 based on notice no.1735 of 13 July 2017, “Industrial Research and Experimental Development Projects in the 12 Areas of Specialisation identified by PNR 2015-2020”;
Project ARS01_00158 “TEMI MIRATI – Innovative Technologies and Models for Risk Mitigation in Critical Infrastructures” (duration 36 months) financed by MIUR under the notice no. 1735/Ric. of 13 July 2017, “Industrial Research and Experimental Development projects in the 12 Areas of Specialisation identified by the PNR 2015-2020.
Research agreements have been concluded with:
- The University of Catania, convention entitled “The Baroque Domes of Catania:
Geometrical-Architectural and Technical-Constructive Analysis’;
- The University of Catania, convention entitled “Multidisciplinary investigations on Roman architecture in Eastern Sicily”;
- Regional Museum Service of the Villa Romana del Casale in Piazza Armerina, for scientific collaboration activities under the coordinated text of the Code of Cultural Heritage and Landscape;
- Archaeological Park of the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, for scientific collaboration activities according to the coordinated text of the Code of Cultural Heritage and Landscape;
- Leonardo Solutions s.r.l., for collaboration in experimental research activities in the field of interventions and restoration techniques for walls affected by rising capillary damp;
- “Centre for The Study of Ancient Sicily”, University of British Columbia, Vancouver (Canada), e University of Catania, per “Agreement of Cooperation e Protocol for International Scientific Research;
- Cathedral Church of St. Nicholas of Bari and Municipality of Nicosia, agreement for technical-scientific consultancy activities aimed at creating a digital platform for the knowledge, virtual fruition and valorisation of the painted wooden ceiling of the Cathedral Church of Nicosia.
FAI – Fondo Ambiente Italiano (Italian Environment Fund)- funded a one-year research grant to develop the Survey and digital representation programme of the Giardino Della Kolymbetra in the Valle Dei Templi Park in Agrigento.
Over the years, the Laboratory has participated in archaeological survey campaigns at the sites of Piazza Armerina, Megara Hyblaea, Gerace and Agrigento, while various surveys on an urban-architectural scale, with particular reference to the Sicilian castle system, have been carried out at the sites of Aci Castello, Maletto, Nicosia, Forza d’Agrò and Paternò.