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February 12, 2013

Prof. Heinz Rüther, Principal Investigator, Zamani Project to Keynote on Petra Documentation at SPAR International 2013

February 11, 2013 (Portland, Maine) –  Professor Heinz Rüther, Principal Investigator, Zamani Project, will deliver a keynote address at the 10th Annual SPAR International Conference on End-to-End 3D entitled “The Spatial Documentation of Petra, UNESCO World Heritage Site.” The presentation describes the documentation process of the Jordanian site, including the basis for a stability study of rock formations; a GIS for site management purposes and virtual reality tour; and a permanent record for reconstruction in future if necessary. SPAR International takes place April 15-18, 2013 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

“Professor Rüther’s experience documenting Petra is truly extraordinary,” said Lisa Murray, Director of SPAR International. “The project is unusual due to its physical extent and complexity of the documented features.” In the end, he and his Zamani research team from the University of Cape Town acquired a total of 1,750 scans. Read the full abstract here.

Emeritus Professor Heinz Rüther graduated in 1969 with the Degree of Diplom-Ingenieur at the University of Bonn, joined the University of Cape Town in 1972 and obtained his Ph.D. in Photogrammetry at UCT in 1982.  Professor Rüther has worked on photogrammetric and surveying projects in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and especially Africa. He has extensive experience in the areas of digital photogrammetry, close range photogrammetry, precise engineering surveying and deformation analysis. He has supervised numerous MSc and PhD research projects and published more than 100 papers in scientific journals and at international conferences.

Professor Rüther is one of 3 keynoters currently on the SPAR International program. Also keynoting are Michael Jones, Chief Technology Advocate, Google and Greg Bentley, CEO, Bentley Systems. Find information on all the keynotes here.

About SPAR International 

SPAR International Conference on End-to-End 3D brings together professionals from around the world to discover the latest advances and technologies in 3D data capture, processing and delivery.  SPAR International targets asset owners, engineers, technology developers and other professionals to present and discuss the latest tools and techniques for using 3D technologies to drive efficiency, improve workflows, reduce project timelines, improve safety and mitigate risk. The conference takes place April 15-18 2013 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado. For more information and to register, visit

About SPAR 3D 

SPAR 3D organizes conferences and provides news and information for professionals involved in 3D imaging technologies. Content- delivered in-person and online- gives practitioners tools and information to make better business decisions. SPAR 3D is wholly-owned by Diversified Business Communications. For more information, visit and

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