Italy-South Africa Joint Research Programme (ISARP) Joint Mobility Scheme

Project no. : ZA18MO01

Project title: A social and spatial investigation at the Moxomatsi village, Mpumalangy (SSIMM)

Visiting Tshwane University of Technology Staff Members:
Emmanuel Nkambule
Mostert Van Schoor
Victor Mokaba
Gopolang Motswai

Hosting University of Salerno Staff Members: Prof Salvatore Barba assisted by Carla Ferreyra

Funders: National Research Foundation (NRF), Embassy of Italy & Tshwane University of Technology.

As part of the 2018 ISARP Joint Mobility Scheme activities, Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) staff members visited their counterparts at the University of Salerno (UNISA), in Italy. The main objective of the visit was to learn from the UNISA’s unique course titled Architectural Surveying and how, using the rich architectural heritage of Italy as basis, it employs the latest digital technologies to measure and document the built artifact. This was achieved by observing final year (5th year-Building Engineering and Architecture master’s degree) Architectural Surveying course oral exams, learning about various digital surveying methods, and visiting the following heritage sites to learn more about Italy’s heritage and how it is conserved and communicated to the public:

Cimitero Monumentale del Verano
Parco archeologico del Colosseo (Archaeological Park of the Colosseum)
Villa Rufolo

The visit created a unique opportunity for the TUT academic staff to meet and interact with their counterparts from UNISA. They learnt from the outstanding teaching expertise of the UNISA staff which made possible the transfer of digital surveying skills and gave rise to ideas on how to apply the knowledge and skills gained from seeing and experiencing the application of the various surveying techniques and how these techniques play a significant role in the preservation and communication of heritage.