IRAQ - Developing of Special Software: Citadel Information and Visualization System, Erbil

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Erbil, Iraq
Description of work:
Making the Erbil Citadel Digital Database System
GEMA ART GROUP a.s./ Czech Technical University in Prague/ University of West Bohemia in Pilsen
2006 - 2008






Historical photo of Erbil Historical photo of Erbil Historical centre of Erbil - minaret Choli Overall view of the Erbil Overall view of the Erbil Overall view of the Erbil Historical house Historical house Historical palace Historical house Historical interior Historical ceiling Interior of the historical house Interior of the historical house The stone element The stone element The stone element Iron bars
CIVIS - Erbil Citadel Digital Database Systems - Citadel Information & Visualization System SilentCube - Connection and storage of all data in digital form offers following options - creation of a central database and archive, effective storage of all data, documents, drawings and images in digital form; full-text search and editing in the English language with the possibility of extending to Arabic, Kurdish; easy to archive archaeological finds and artifacts, easy control of performed works with no need of deep knowledge; possibility of filling and management of the database directly during field measuring, work in archive library, prepare preliminary works for archaeological, restoration and other projects in reference to the High Commission for Erbil Citadel Revitalization program; possibility of future utilization of 3D models for processing of 3D models of the Citadel objects or drawings.

Citadel in Erbil, also called Qala Erbil, is located in the historical center of the city of Erbil, the capital of Kurdistan Region of Iraq. It is considered to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited cultural settlements in the world. The real age and the origin of the Citadel could be discovered based on the archaeological research, which has not been carried out yet. The Citadel was originally divided into three equally large self-governing parts based mostly on the social status of family. From the 1970s 90% of the population of Citadel was replaced with rural mountain families. This strategy led to the devastation of historical buildings of Citadel. At recent time the Citadel is uninhabited and rehabilitation project of Citadel is planned. In GEMA ART GROUP provided the Study of Preservation and Rehabilitation of the Citadel in Erbil. The scientific, historical, archaeological and restoration research was funded by the aid of the Government of the Czech Republic. The project results were presented at the UNESCO conference. The 3D Model and Database of the Erbil citadel software was developed by GEMA ART GROUP experts and presented in the XXI. International CIPA symposium in Athens in 2007.Unfortunately, this software was not used by the HCECR. Sample of CIVIS is available on the Czech Technical University website:

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