Training at the National Gallery

London, May 2015

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Aliaa Ismail setting up the Lucida scanner, designed by Manuel Franquelo at the National Gallery, London. Aliaa is the first trainee to go right through the training course designed to equip students with the skills they need to apply technology to the preservation of cultural heritage.

Carlos Bayod was assisted by Aliaa Ismail during the first training session as the Lucida laser scanner, designed by Manuel Franquelo, was installed in the National Gallery Conservation department. Aliaa has been training with Factum Arte for over 8 months. She has been taught all the processes involved in building, programming, operating, fixing, data processing and archiving 3D and colour data.

Aliaa then returned to Egypt and started training other young people in the skills required to document vulnerable heritage sites in Luxor and elsewhere, as part of the Theban Necropolis Preservation Initiative. A 3D Scanning, Archiving and Training Centre was created in a Hassan Fathy building close to Carter’s House at the entrance to the Valley of the Kings. Factum Foundation equipped the centre in Stoppelaëre House with state of the art scanning and data processing equipment. It was inaugurated in February 2017 by Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, the Egyptian minister of Antiquities, Dr. Khaled El Enany and the Swiss ambassador to Egypt.

Factum Arte and Factum Foundation are putting all available resources into training young motivated individuals with the skills to think laterally and use technology in the fight against fundamentalism and iconoclasm.

Aliaa Ismail setting up the Lucida scanner during the first training session at the National Gallery, London

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