Applied Geomatics

, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp 377–384 | Cite as

3D survey and digital models as the first documentation of hypogeum of S. Saba in Rome

  • Tiziano Saulli
  • Wissam Wahbeh
  • Carla NardinocchiEmail author
Original Paper


On the Aventine Minor, the oratory of Santa Silvia was home to a community of oriental monks, who, in the first half of the seventeenth century, created a typical Palestinian cemetery with a small monastery that expanded with the growing prestige of the community. The construction of the Basilica of San Saba, above the oratory, was by a group of monks, “the Benedettini di Montecassino,” who lived there in the middle of the tenth century. The substructure was only recovered in the early 1900s. The study of this architectural structure is particularly interesting because there were no complete surveys and the available documentation, as far as we know, was limited to a graphical plan and section. For this reason and due to the archeological significance, it has been selected as a national research project (PRIN 2010–2011). The research has requested detailed documentation through laser scanning and photographic-based documentation. The goal of the present work is to produce a documentation of the oratory from CAD model to the BIM construction.


Heritage LiDAR Survey S. Saba Rome Panoramas H-BIM 


Funding information

This work has been partly funded by the Italian Ministry of the University and of the Scientific Research (PRIN2010-2011) under the project: “Modellazione e gestione delle informazioni per il patrimonio edilizio esistente.”


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© Società Italiana di Fotogrammetria e Topografia (SIFET) 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.DICEAUniversity of Rome SapienzaRomeItaly
  2. 2.Institut Digitales BauenFHNWMuttenzSwitzerland

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