The first full three-dimensional scan of Palazzo Pitti is underway. Photography, topography, drones, DPS and laser scanners are being used to craft a full and accurate digital modelling of the Medici palace.
The architectural survey is expected to take two years to complete and was possible due to an agreement between the Uffizi Galleries and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Florence.
“The acquisition campaign is currently underway, which gathers all of the palazzo’s 3D metrics, using integrated geomatic techniques such as topography, laser scanning and drone and land-based photogrammetry,” explained Professor Grazia Tucci, director of the Geomatics Laboratory and lecturer in geomatics for the conservation, topography and computer systems at the University of Florence. “These techniques are needed to reproduce portions of the building, which are otherwise inaccessible, as is the case in the palace’s striking frontages, made more complex by the strong protrusions of the ashlars and roofs … The aim is to create a digital twin of complicated architecture.”
“Due to the total detailed scan of the building and data processing, a key tool will soon be available for the study, knowledge, preservation and promotion of the architectural heritage of Palazzo Pitti,” commented Eike Schmidt, director of the Uffizi Galleries. “In the near future, this work will also allow experimentation of the BIM (ed. Building Information Modelling) method for the integrated management of the maintenance and planning measures in the palace complex.”