Jacopo Bonetto rebuilds ancient societies using Vectorworks software

Posted by Theresa Downs on 10/3/11 7:42 AM  |  2 min read time

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Jacopo Bonetto, Associate Professor of Greek and Roman Archaeology at the University of Padua, rebuilds ancient societies using the design tools in Vectorworks software. He and his students started excavating the Nora Archaeological Site in 1997 and concluded the Roman forum in 2007. In 2008, they began the next phase--to conduct a complete excavation of the sacred area that also includes a Roman temple--and to manage the corresponding reconstruction and restoration of the structures for public visits.

Jacopo Bonetto, Ruggero Pintus and other archaeologist and engineers during the excavation of a Roman underground cistern conducted by laser scan. Jacopo Bonetto, Ruggero Pintus and other archaeologists and engineers during the excavation of a Roman underground cistern conducted by laser scan.

With Vectorworks software, Bonetto and his students have been able to answer many of the questions regarding the use of the holy ancient building. They rely on 2D drawings to reconstruct these vanished worlds. The team is also beginning to  make a 3D reconstruction of the ancient buildings of Nora. “Vectorworks is an essential tool for our work. It allows students to learn the architectural and artifact drawing practice in an easy and fast manner," explains Bonetto. "Using Vectorworks means that we save a lot of time because it’s so easy to learn, especially for students who may not be as familiar with the CAD world. Vectorworks also supports us in each phase of drawing practice—from field drawing to presentation.”

Aerial view of the eastern part of the peninsula of Nora. The Roman forum and the medieval tower of Coltellazzo are visible. Photo courtesy of Gianni Alvito, Teravista Aerial view of the eastern part of the peninsula of Nora. The Roman forum and the medieval tower of Coltellazzo are visible. Photo courtesy of Gianni Alvito, Teravista

We appreciate Bonetto's efforts to bring history alive. By sharing his passions for historical discoveries and new technology with his students—as well as the world—he is influencing a new generation to do the same.

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Topics: Architecture, Education, Vectorworks Architect, Case Study, Jacopo Bonetto, Nora Archaeological Site, University of Padua

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