Emeritus Professor Heinz Rüther, Geomatics, University of Cape Town

Link to Royal Tombs animation

Link to the treasury animation

Pdf of Zamani and Petra presentation part 1

Pdf of Zamani and Petra presentation part 2


To view the video of this lecture, click here.

Using state-of-the-art technologies, such as terrestrial laser scanning, 3D modelling, GIS and panoramic photography, the Zamani project has documented cultural heritage sites (including architectural structures, rock shelters and cultural landscapes) in Africa and the Middle East.

The first of the two lectures introduces participants to the technologies used for the spatial documentation of heritage sites and database of the Zamani Research group at the University of Cape Town, and discusses the advantages, shortcomings and misconceptions associated with the technologies it employs.

The second lecture will discuss the spatial documentation and monitoring of the vulnerable UNESCO World Heritage site of Petra, which is located halfway between the Dead Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba in Jordan, once a thriving centre of trade at the juncture of major trading routes. Throughout its existence, the rock-hewn tombs, tricliniums and dwellings of Petra, as well as its freestanding palaces, colonnades and temples have been threatened by catastrophic events such as earthquakes and floods as well as slow natural weathering through the forces of temperature variations, wind and rain. The Zamani team was a partner of UNESCO, the Jordanian Antiquities Department and the Italian National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research in a project which focused on the monitoring of rock walls and structures in Petra. Examples of 3D models, panoramas and the Petra Geographic Information System will be shown.


Please note that the duration of this course is two hours.



1. Introduction to technologies used to scan, model and document heritage sites in Africa and the Middle East

2. The case of Petra



Date: Saturday 21 January                                  .
Time: 10.00 am–12.00 pm
COURSE FEES Full: R193,00  Staff: R95,00  Reduced: R50,00