Belén Jiménez Fernández-Palacios studied as engineer in topography and graduated in 2008 at the Universidad de Jaen (Spain). Simultaneously to her studies she obtained grants for studying abroad at the University of Lisbon and Politecnico di Milano where she started to collaborate in research projects on topography and photogrammetry. In 2009 she received a master in GIS from La Sapienza University in Rome, Italy, with a specialization in Cultural Heritage and in 2010 she received an Argo grant to collaborate as a researcher at CNR-ITABC, Rome, Italy. From 2011 to 2014 she has been working as researcher at the Bruno Kessler Foundation (Trento, Italy) for the 3D Optical Metrology unit. In 2013 she was working as visiting researcher at the CNRS-Map Gamsau Laboratory in Marseille, France, within a FBK Mobility programme. During this period she did research work in the field of web-based visualization of complex reality-based 3D models. In 2015 she was working as visiting professor at University of Salerno, Italy, working at the archaeological area of Pompeii for the “Grande Progetto Pompei”. From 2012 to 2017, and simultaneously to her research work, she carried out her Ph.D. for the University of Salamanca, with international mention and Cum-Laude distinction. From 2016 to February 2018 she was working at the FACTUM Foundation (FACTUM arte). Since 2018 she works as specialist consultant, collaborating with different artists, companies and universities. In 2019 she received the Extraordinary PhD Award by the University of Salamanca. Since 2019 she is professor at the University of Loyola Andalucía and since 2021 at the University of Seville.
Over the last years she has been working on several projects where the common aim is to survey and reproduce precise digital replicas of heritage sites or artefacts using different and accurate surveying methodologies (e.g. laser scanning and digital photogrammetry). The focus is on developing new methods which allow to extract digital documents to study, analyse, preserve, reconstruct and restore the heritage sites and artefacts as well as to create browsers, virtual tours, augmented and virtual reality interfaces of the surveyed sites. Some of the application fields where 3D models are employed are for example architectural and structural (e.g. FEM) analyses, museum multi-media exhibitions, and creation of physical replicas (Facsimile).