The 3D Rome project was set up in 2011 and is based around the collaboration of a group of archaeologists, experts in 3D modelling, architects, art historians, directors and IT experts. These include Daniel Alvarez Brunkorst (graphic designer and photographer); Emanuel Demetrescu, Mauro Zallocco (3D modelling and rendering), Emanuela Piersanti (texture), Michelangelo Garrone (video maker).
The project is coordinated by Sergio Fontana, archaeologist and director of Sema s.n.c., owner of the 3D Rome brand.
Born in Milan on the 7th December 1966, he graduated in Archaeology from Rome’s “La Sapienza” University and studied for his Ph.D in Classical Archaeology at University of Pisa (1997).
Between 1990 and 2001 he participated in numerous research projects in Libya (Ministero dei Beni Culturali-Università di Roma Tre) and Tunisia (University of Pennsylvania); he has published numerous articles on Roman pottery and the ancient Maghreb. In 1996 he founded the archaeological cooperative Parsifal of which he acted as president and vice-president. Between 1997 and 2011 he ran important excavations in Rome and its suburbs, managing the excavation recording and documentation. In 2009, with Emanuel Demetrescu, he created a new geo-archaeological method for representing buried stratigraphy in 3D (A.R.T.U. Archeo-restituzioni territorialie urbane). He worked as a consultant on the planning of Line C of Rome’s underground (2009-2011).
From the early nineties he has been involved with multimedia activities, working as a consultant and designer for the creation of 3D models of many of Rome’s monuments. He has also collaborated in the making of various archaeological documentaries.
In 2011 he founded Sema s.n.c., which undertakes archaeological consultancy work and multi-media installations, in the same year he began the 3D Rome project.
In 2013 he developed the “Trajan’s Column” App and is author of the e-book of the same name, both published by Mondadori Electa.