ESR14 – Thomas Rigauts

Thomas Rigauts

Country of Origin: Belgium
Host Institution: CUT


Thomas obtained a BA and MA in History from Ghent University (Belgium), which included an Erasmus exchange to the Università degli Studi di Pisa (Italy), and an MSc in Conservation of Monuments and Sites from the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation (RLICC) at the KU Leuven (Belgium). In 2016, he joined the UNESCO World Heritage Centre in Paris (France), where he was responsible for the follow-up of the state of conservation of World Heritage sites in a dozen countries in Europe and North America. Prior to working at the World Heritage Centre, he volunteered for the UNESCO Office in Tashkent (Uzbekistan) where he surveyed traditional dwellings to support local heritage management. Having a strong interest in documenting heritage, he participated in the 2018 Cultural Heritage 3D Surveying and Modeling workshop in Zadar (Croatia) led by CIPA Heritage Documentation.

Aspirations within projects:

In dealing with the conservation of World Heritage sites on a daily basis, Thomas experienced first-hand how the world’s heritage is increasingly threatened. Natural disasters, armed conflict, urban pressure and mass tourism damage and destroy irreplaceable monuments and sites of humanity. It is crucial that we document our common heritage now to ensure a future for our past. With this project, he wishes to work towards the development of a web-platform for the holistic digital documentation of cultural heritage. To reach this objective, he aims to investigate the enrichment of 3D content resulting from the digitisation of cultural heritage with metadata and semantics to better monitor and preserve heritage for future generations. Given the strong focus on interdisciplinarity during his studies and professional career, he firmly believes that the CHANGE-ITN network will provide an excellent platform to exchange knowledge with people from different backgrounds for the benefit of the whole project.

ESR14: Enrichment of 3D volumetric data with metadata and semantics

Host Institution: CUT


Development of a web-platform for the holistic e-documentation of 3D cultural heritage objects, and their enrichment with metadata, paradata and semantics:

  • Para-data of the acquisition technologies and historical and archaeological evidence of CH objects.
  • Argumentation leading to virtual reconstruction and discussing alternatives with the object owners/ stakeholders.
  • Connection of physical and social-historical, constructive, functional, aesthetic and environmental parameters, etc. with 3D/4D documentation of CH objects

Main Supervisor:


  • Theoharis Theoharis (NTNU)
  • Nicolas Melard (C2RMF)