Yves Ubelmann

Yves Ubelmann is president and co-founder of Iconem, which specialises in the 3D digitisation of endangered cultural heritage sites. After graduating from the École nationale supérieure d’architecture de Versailles in 2006, Yves worked as an architect in Syria and Afghanistan, where he surveyed and interpreted archaeological sites. This experience inspired him to develop a high-tech, photogrammetric approach to survey archaeological sites. In 2013, he co-founded Iconem which is currently active in 30 countries to further conservation of cultural heritage threatened by looting, urbanisation, mass tourism, armed conflict, and climate change. Its expert team travels the globe, combining the largescale scanning capacity of drones and the photorealistic quality of 3D to create digital replicas of our most treasured places.


Paulo B. LOURENÇO is Full Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Minho, Guimarães, Portugal since 2006. He received his degree in Civil Engineering at University of Porto, Portugal in 1990 and his PhD in Civil Engineering at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands in 1996. He has been the Co-Head of the Institute in Sustainability and Innovation in Structural Engineering since 2007 and the Co-Head of the Institute for Bio-Sustainability since 2013. He is experienced in the fields of non-destructive testing, advanced experimental and numerical techniques, innovative repair and strengthening techniques, and earthquake engineering. He is specialist in structural conservation and forensic engineering, with work on more than one hundred monuments and existing buildings, including 7 UNESCO World Heritage sites. He is also a structural masonry expert, responsible for R&D projects with the clay brick, concrete block and lightweight concrete block masonry and mortar industry. He has been a consultant on innovative masonry structures using confined and reinforced masonry, and on masonry infills. He has been the leader of the Project Team responsible for the revision of Part 1 of the European code for masonry (EN 1996-1-1). He is the coordinator of the Advanced Masters on Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical Constructions (SAHC) since 2007, with alumni from 70 countries and Europa Nostra Award in 2017. He is co-editor of the International Journal of Architectural Heritage and co-advisor of the Conference Series on Structural Analysis of Historical Constructions. He has supervised more than 50 PhD theses and coordinate multiple national and international research projects. He has been just awarded an Advanced ERC Grant of 3.0 M€ to develop an integrated seismic assessment approach for heritage buildings.