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High Tech Heritage: HERM 671 Documentation and Condition Assessment now open for registrations!

March 22, 2019

Documentation and Condition Assessment – Spring/Summer 2019
Course/Training Opportunity at Athabasca University

Athabasca University’s Heritage Resources Management Program will be offering Documentation and Condition Assessment course in the upcoming spring/summer semester from May to August 2019 (14 weeks online and one week in-person).

The course syllabus can be found here.


The Documentation and Condition Assessment Course will explore various techniques and technologies employed in the field of heritage conservation for recording and documenting historic resources. New ways of observing and thinking about the built environment through practical applications of documentation methods and fieldwork activities will be exercised. This course will examine the documentation methods to research, inspect, record, and assess the condition and quality of buildings, districts and cultural landscapes combined with the methods to interpret their historical and architectural significance according to professional standards. The course will also provide an overview of manual, photographic, and computer-aided extant recording techniques; and building repair assessment techniques.

3D Scanning Point Cloud of a Historic House

3D Scanning Point Cloud of a Historic House (Goodwill House, Ottawa, Canada) (© Mario Santana Quintero)


This course is offered online and involves a one-week in-residence component. During the week of August 12-16, 2019, participants will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experiences working in groups and as part of team on historic sites in St. Albert (Alberta, Canada). Please be advised that attending this one-week in-residency component is required in order to successfully complete the course.


Dr. Mario Santana Quintero will teach this course; he will join the participants both online and in person during the residency week. (please see his bio below)


Note: The course registration deadline is April 30, 2019.

Everyone is welcome to register in this course. Participants can take the course either as part of their university studies (3 credits) or for professional development (as a non-program student).

If you are interested in this course, please contact the program office for information about registration procedures at or Toll Free Telephone: 1-800-788-9041 ext. 6792.

If you would like to discuss how this course may fit into your current program or any other questions, please contact the program director, Dr. Shabnam Inanloo Dailoo, at or 780-458-1105 / 1-855-337-8590.

Dr. Mario Santana Quintero is an associate professor of Architectural Conservation and Sustainability in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carleton University. He is also the Program Director of the NSERC Create Heritage Engineering program based at the Carleton Immersive Media Studio lab (CIMS). He has an architectural degree, holding a masters in conservation of historic buildings and towns, and a PhD in Engineering from the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation, University of Leuven. He is also a guest professor at the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation. In the past few years, he has taught at the Universidad Central de Venezuela, Universidad de Guadalajara (Mexico), and Universidad de Cuenca (Ecuador).

Mario is the Vice-President of ICOMOS, serves as an ICOMOS Canada Board member. He is the past president of the ICOMOS Scientific Committee on Heritage Documentation (CIPA). Furthermore, he has collaborated in several international projects in the field of heritage documentation for UNESCO, The Getty Conservation Institute, ICCROM, the World Monuments Fund, UNDP, the Welfare Association, and the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage.

Updated March 22 2019 by Student & Academic Services

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