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Ms Mona Hess
UCL CEGE, Chadwick Building
Office 104
Gower Street
United Kingdom
Tel: +44-20-3108-4111
  • Research Associate
  • Dept of Civil, Environ &Geomatic Eng
  • Faculty of Engineering Science
After finishing her architecture studies in Munich, Germany, Mona enjoyed an internship in an architectural office for heritage conservation in Montreal, Canada. She pursued a Master’s degree in Heritage Conservation in Bamberg/Germany, where she specialized subsequently in CAD, 3D imaging techniques and databases especially in the field of conservation science and in architectural conservation.Her graduate internship in 2006/07 at the Getty Conservation Institute, field projects department, in Los Angeles/USA gave her working experience in international projects by contributing to the project: Middle Eastern Geodatabase for Antiquities (MEGA) - Jordan. Since 2008 she is studying and working at UCL. 

Research Summary

Mona Hess is a Research Associate based at the UCL Photogrammetry, 3D Imaging and Metrology Research Centre  headed by Prof. Stuart Robson at the Department for Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering. Mona is working in collaboration with UCL Museums and Public Engagement since 2008.

Specialized in 3D colour imaging and replica for museum objects she has taken on projects within University College London (E-Curator "3D colour scans for remote object identification and assessment", workshop ‘Life cycle of a digital object’), for museums in London (British Museum - Solomon Islands Canoe, Science Museum, Cortauld Institute of Art) but also internationally (Università degli studi Lecce/Italy, CULTNAT Egypt, University of Virginia/ USA).

Currently she is actively involved with the 3DPetrie project at the UCL Petrie Museum.

Research Interests:
    3D colour laser scanning of museum objects
    E-documentation of cultural heritage
    Digital archives for buildings and museum objects
    Heritage Conservation and Conservation Science

Teaching Summary

2014/2015 - Term 2: Module development, Tutor, Co-Teaching the BASC2082: Technologies in Arts and Cultural Heritage for the UCL Bachelor of Arts and Sciences.

2013-2015 Lecture and practical, 3D imaging for conservation, ARCLG142 Issues in Conservation: Understanding Objects

Past teaching experience:

  • UCL CEGE PGTA for 3D laser scanning, Lampeter Field Course
  • PGTA for creation and maintenance of the website 'Women in Engineering' 
  • Seminars for UCL Digital Humanities Master students, UCL Material Culture/Anthropology, Wall painting Conservation Department at Cortauld University
  • invited talks for Digital Classicist, Oxford RTI-Sad
  • workshop co-ordination and teaching for topographic map reading and use of Google Earth for locating archaeological sites, Jordan Amman with the Getty Conservation Institute (2007)

13-JAN-2014 Research Manager and Facilitator UCL Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering UCL, United Kingdom
01-NOV-2012 Research Associate UCL Public and Cultural Engagement UCL, United Kingdom
15-JAN-2008 Reseach Assistant UCL Museums and Public Engagement UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2015 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Engineering University College London
2005 AM Master of Arts – Heritage Conservation Otto-Friedrich-Unviersität Bamberg (Germany)
2002 Dipl. Ing. Diplom- Ingenieur – Architecture Technische Universitat München
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