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Articles | Volume XLII-5/W1
Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XLII-5/W1, 551–556, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/isprs-archives-XLII-5-W1-551-2017
Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XLII-5/W1, 551–556, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/isprs-archives-XLII-5-W1-551-2017

  16 May 2017

16 May 2017

A WEBGIS FOR THE KNOWLEDGE AND CONSERVATION OF THE HISTORICAL WALL STRUCTURES OF THE 13TH–18TH CENTURIES

G. Vacca, D. Pili, D. R. Fiorino, and V. Pintus G. Vacca et al.
  • DICAAR, Dep. of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Architecture, University of Cagliari, P.zza D'Armi 09123 Cagliari, Italy

Keywords: GIS, WEBGIS, conservation, historical wall, cultural heritage

Abstract. The presented work is part of the research project, titled "Tecniche murarie tradizionali: conoscenza per la conservazione ed il miglioramento prestazionale" (Traditional building techniques: from knowledge to conservation and performance improvement), with the purpose of studying the building techniques of the 13th–18th centuries in the Sardinia Region (Italy) for their knowledge, conservation, and promotion. The end purpose of the entire study is to improve the performance of the examined structures. In particular, the task of the authors within the research project was to build a WebGIS to manage the data collected during the examination and study phases. This infrastructure was entirely built using Open Source software.

The work consisted of designing a database built in PostgreSQL and its spatial extension PostGIS, which allows to store and manage feature geometries and spatial data. The data input is performed via a form built in HTML and PHP. The HTML part is based on Bootstrap, an open tools library for websites and web applications. The implementation of this template used both PHP and Javascript code. The PHP code manages the reading and writing of data to the database, using embedded SQL queries.

As of today, we surveyed and archived more than 300 buildings, belonging to three main macro categories: fortification architectures, religious architectures, residential architectures. The masonry samples investigated in relation to the construction techniques are more than 150.

The database is published on the Internet as a WebGIS built using the Leaflet Javascript open libraries, which allows creating map sites with background maps and navigation, input and query tools. This too uses an interaction of HTML, Javascript, PHP and SQL code.