Buildings that resist natural phenomena such as tsunamis or earthquakes can save both money and lives. The EU-funded project 'International structural assessment monitoring and control' (I-SAMCO) created a knowledge exchange platform regarding the assessment and monitoring of structures. Launched in 2001, the project brought stakeholders together, supported new approaches in the field and fostered collaboration across Europe. It also established agreements for cooperation with Canada, China, Japan and the United States. I-SAMCO subsequently disseminated relevant knowledge to events and participated in worldwide projects to further its aims. A key objective of the project was to join initiatives and outline recommendations related to standardisation of data and protocols for assessment and monitoring. Also noteworthy were the project's efforts to conduct education and training in the field, which was accomplished through various events and initiatives. By bringing the different players from the EU and beyond together, the project team successfully built an online database that grew in the following years. The database included more nations, organisations and data on structural assessment, including monitoring and control, helping to form a more complete European discipline in the field. Lastly, I-SAMCO cautioned European stakeholders and governments not to fall behind in the area of earthquake engineering, highlighting a significant lack of funding in the area. It highlighted the fragmentation in research on earthquake engineering and encouraged collaboration to address the issue.