As opposed to the usual strategies for identifying and disseminating awareness of engineering heritage, such as guides, catalogues, conferences, and exhibitions, which are more restricted in scope and generally appeal to only a specific sector of the population, this initiative develops an interpretive tool that, in addition to geolocating the public works inventoried and deepening their heritage value, showcases their social function and contribution to territorial and socioeconomic development. This tool analyzes the historical and cultural components of engineering works, and incorporates concepts such as path, network, and territory. It allows users a new type of cultural journey, characterized by a greater immersion in the landscape and territorial values of public works, explaining and disseminating their heritage worth in a way that appeals to society.
A planned second phase of the project will increase the number of elements included, especially in the districts with fewer milestones. As part of the process of disseminating the program, there are efforts to involve the different local chapters of the Professional Association of Civil Engineers, allowing them to propose new milestones to be included in the program in accordance with the criteria and the established time frame. In turn, the different districts will be able to help complete the documentation related to the first 120 milestones already in existence (current photos, plans, videos...). We will incorporate new tools in the application, such as route calculation with directions to allow the organization of trips to several of the milestones with the possibility of controlling the visit timing, and a search engine to find works by different parameters in the application for iOS and Android, similar to the web search engine that already exists.
The waterworks heritage along the River Duero, outstanding for its landscapist and cultural content, includes a wide range of resources that merit conservation both for their intrinsic value and the benefits deriving from their physical use and tourist or other more general appeal in the context of sustainable development. Recognition of that reality is of cardinal importance in the perception and awareness of the territory.
Since March 2013, Fundación Miguel Aguiló (FMA) and Fundación DocomomoIbérico have been engaging in cooperative research to heighten public awareness of the built heritage and landscape.One of the aims of that joint project was to develop an app for mobile phones and tablets to help users identify and better understand heritage elements in situ.