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Dr Mona Hess
UCL CEGE, Chadwick Building
Office 104
Gower Street
United Kingdom
  • 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 working at UCL Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (3DIMPact group), and has a PhD in 3D imaging metrology for cultural heritage.

Research Summary

Mona holds a PhD in 3D imaging metrology for cultural heritage.and offers a cross-disciplinary approach for 3D imaging metrology and 3D digital restoration/ 3D reproduction/ 3D printing in cultural heritage, arts & humanities and for creative industries.

Her current position is Research Manager and Facilitator for the 3DIMPact group (3D Imaging, Metrology & Photogrammetry Applied Coordinate Technologies) at UCL Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering and UCL Robotics Coordinator with UCL Computer Science.

Since 2008 she has been working as researcher at UCL CEGE and UCL Public and Cultural Engagement (UCL Museums and Public Engagement). 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’ and 3DPetrie), 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).

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

Mona is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy through UCL Aren - An international recognition of a commitment to professionalism in teaching and learning in higher education demonstrating practice aligned with UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF).


Module coordinator "Technologies in Arts and Cultural Heritage" (BASc2082), Interdisciplinary elective module, Faculty of Arts and Humanities (2014-2015 module development, co-teaching, coordination, 2016 module coordinator)

Photogrammetry at Llynn Brianne, field course - Lampeter (CEGE2007-TI:FS), Field Studies and Surveying for MENg BEng at UCL CEGE

Lecture 'Digital Reconstruction' in MA Sustainable Heritage (SEAHA), UCL Bartlett

Lecture and practical for MA Digital Resources in the Humanities (INSTG008), UCL Information Studies

Lecture and practical for MA Issues in Conservation - Understanding objects (ARCLG142) and Principles of Conservation (ARDLG139), UCL Institute of Archaeology

2013-2014: 3D scanning and low cost scanning classes for the Institute of Making, UCL Engineering


Lecture for MA in Wall Painting Conservation, Courtauld Institute of Art

Seminar for MA in Digital Anthropology, UCL Anthropology

Terrestrial data acquisition (CEGEG084) at UCL CEGE (PGTA)

13-JAN-2014 Research Associate, 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
2016 FHEA Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy – Teaching and Learning in Higher Education University College London
2015 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Engineering University College London
2005 MA Master of Arts – Heritage Conservation Otto-Friedrich-Unviersität Bamberg (Germany)
2002 Dipl. Ing. Diplom- Ingenieur – Architecture Technische Universitat München
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