Field school to introduce students of AURAK to modern methodologies and techniques in architectural documentation of traditional buildings
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Within the framework of the agreement cooperation between ICCROM and the American University in Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK), a field school was implemented to introduce students of architecture to modern methodologies and techniques in architectural documentation of traditional buildings.

This course, which is a part of ICCROM`s policy of awareness-raising and training, is dedicated to students’ category and it follows the architectural preservation course developed by the University to motivate future architects, and increase their understanding of cultural heritage and its significance to the community.

The course focused on heritage documentation in its comprehensive concept, which includes understanding and documenting the cultural and historical context of cultural properties as well as their heritage values.
Dr. Eman Al-Assi, Course Instructor at AURAK stated that “the course focused on heritage documentation in its comprehensive concept, which includes understanding and documenting the cultural and historical context of cultural properties as well as their heritage values.”
The training course included a presentation on the methodology of documentation and how to develop a plan and to select the equipment according to the aim of documentation.
Architectural recording, surveying methods and the use of digital and photographic imaging, spherical cameras and other survey instruments were also explained.
The first day included a theoretical introduction to the holistic concept of documentation as part of the Conservation Management. On the second day, students applied what they learned during the first day during a visit to the site of Fort Daya in Ras Al Khaimah.

They developed a description of the site and a test of its cultural values, and then put hands drawing and manual measurements of the interior spaces and tested the photogrammetry scan using drone or ground cameras.

Students were also trained to use the TotalStation and the spherical digital camera while experiencing how to organize and manage working in a team. During the third day, the students processed the data collected from the site using documentation software.
On the last day of the field school, students were trained on how to put the output of their work into a systematic report and how to digitally share data.


The field school included seventeen trainees of architecture students under the supervision of experts Mr. Rand Eppich and Mr. Anwar Sabik from ICCROM-Sharjah Regional Office.The students received, during a ceremony held on 21st November 2019, their certificates from Prof. Steve Willett, Vice Chancellor, Dr. Hamed Assaf, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, and Prof. Amjad Omar, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs.