AEC Condition Report

An innovative support to a fundamental tool

What is the Condition Report?

The condition report is a document of extreme importance that records the conservation status of an artwork. It is generally used by all the professional figures that find themselves interacting with it, at any time when a treatment becomes necessary, e.g. handling display or reparation of damages. It is used to describe the conservation status of the artwork right before the packaging and transportation, so to define quickly, in the event of damages, their extent and the respective responsibilities. Furthermore, it needs to be written before departure, upon arrival in the new site and at the end of the exhibition and, in any case, before embarking on the return journey to the original location and when it arrives back.

In brief, the condition report records the status quo of the artwork.

The occasions when the CR, – so it is called by the specialists in the sector – it’s required are various: from the sale to the purchase of an artwork, from the monitoring of the collection to the handling, restoration and temporary loan for exhibitions or a simple transfer from one place to another.

The limits of this approach are:

  • qualitative approach depending by the ability of the registrar to visually detect issues in the moment of inspection

  • difficult to track and access the history of these reports

  • any issue not detected in a previous phase can be then considered as a new issue

  • every inspection requires a specialist

AEC Disruptive Solution

The condition Report developed by AerariumChain is the result of a cloud tool in support of the digitalisation of the conservation status and the restoration and maintenance processes of the cultural heritage.

How AEC and the CR work

The 3d scanning technologies, blockchain and AI in this case would have a crucial role:

  1. Through the scan, we obtain a 3D model of each artwork providing metric and quantitative information, where everything visible is in the spotlight, allowing to recognise unequivocally the artwork and avoid running into thefts.

  2. Blockchain: certifies the information that we have and act as a guarantee for all the stakeholders. It also tracks the information history, which should be updated as time goes by.

  3. The Artificial Intelligence, lastly, limits the subjective sphere and human variables such as fatigue, negligence and editing speed. Furthermore, it monitors the status of the art over time. It helps to prevent damages and highlight differences that may not be very visible to the naked eye for scans done at different times.

  4. The dataset allows to monitor huge collections automatically through AI and detection algorithms.

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