Photogrammetry: International Field School, Manila



This 5-day course capacitates students with photogrammetric documentation skills  that meets international standards.  Photogrammetry,  the science of creating measurements from photographs, needs only the basic tools of a camera and computer. It can even be done with a smart phone, and can run on free software. Students need only a basic  working knowledge  in photography or documentation for this course.

The field school will be run by CIPA (Comite International de la Photogrametrie  Architecturale / International Committee of Architectural Photogrammetry), a scientific committee of ICOMOS, which promotes measurement sciences in heritage documentation. Established in 1968, CIPA has 50 years of collective experience from an international network of experts in the fields of technology and heritage. CIPA leads international training programs for conservation, advises government bodies, non-profit groups and institutions on tools, technology and methods for recording, documentation, and information management of cultural heritage.


Prof. Andreas Georgopoulos, CIPA President, Executive Board, CIPA / Laboratory of Photogrammetry, School of Rural & Surveying Engineering, National Technical University of Athens

Margarita Skamantzari / Laboratory of Photogrammetry, School of Rural & Surveying Engineering, National Technical University of Athens

Alex Ya Ning Yen, CIPA Outgoing Symposium Director / Assoc. Professor, Department of Architecture, Center for Culture Sites Rehabilitation, and Development, China University of Technology.

Additionally, there will be local facilitators who will be pre-trained by the facilitators, to better the teacher-student ratio.


Photogrammetry  has a wide use in heritage preservation, and is increasingly applied in archaeology, and conservation of objects and sites. Site managers and other stakeholders with little technical skill beyond basic photography are welcome.  Used primarily as a tool to  document and measure, photogrammetry can also be used as a diagnostic and evaluation tool. For objects, for example, photogrammetry has is used to gain a clearer view of the object or site, monitor its rate of deterioration, and evaluate effects after treatments.

photogrammetry in the philippine setting

This photogrammetry training fills in the gap in the shortage of trained documentation professionals in the Philippines.  Generally, a significant portion of a restoration project’s budget is spent on documentation,  often using professionals from Manila. Photogrammetry can empower local community members to begin the process of the restoration. The data can then be sent to relevant government agencies and professionals for review.

Day/Time Event
Day 1 Registration
9:00 AM – 10:40 Introduction to Digital Geometric Documentation, Techniques, Applications and Limitations

Introduction to Photogrammetry,

Digitally Rectified Photography & Photo-mosaics

10:40-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-12:00 Ortho-photography

Terrestrial Laser Scanning – Point Clouds – 3D models

12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 PM Introduction to Field School Program and Outputs

Introduction to Digital Photography

300-3:20- Coffee break
3:20 – 5:00 PM Demonstration of Software (Image-based modelling: processing images, rectification)
5:00-5:30 Distribution of field sites
Day 2

8:00AM– 5:00PM

Field Work: Participants work on selected sites in Intramuros to acquire data
Day 3

 8:00AM– 12:00PM

Class work: Review of raw data by professors;  data processing
12:00-1:00 lunch
1:00- 5:00 Class work: Review of raw data by professors;  data processing
Day 4

8:00AM– 5:00PM

Class work: Data Processing


12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-5:00 Class work: Data Processing
Day 5

8:00AM– 12:00PM

Class work: Preparation of Final Results and Presentation by Participants
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-5:00 Class work: Preparation of Final Results and Presentation by Participants
6:30 pm Graduation dinner

To signal your interest, please write to with your CV and a brief letter describing how you intend to use the skill after the program. Preference will be given to local stakeholders and others who can assist local communities in documenting their heritage. A panel will review the application and respond within 15 working days.

Program fee is USD$ 400.00 or PhP 20,000.00 for a 5-day program.  This excludes transport and lodging. For students from outside Manila: ICOMOS has reserved rooms at special rates at 3,000.00 / night for a single room.  Fees include a welcome and final dinner.