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Performance-based approach to the earthquake protection of cultural heritage in European and Mediterranean countries

Objective

PERPETUATE intends to develop European Guidelines for evaluation and mitigation of seismic risk to cultural heritage assets, with innovative techniques for the seismic strengthening of historical buildings and the preservation of artworks (frescos, stucco-works, statues, battlements, banisters, …). The main deliverable of the project will be made by a main document, which outlines the safety and conservation conceptual approach and the overall methodology, and other specific documents, describing the different components of the risk analysis. Two different problems are considered: a) assessment of a single cultural heritage asset (hazard analysis; soil foundation problems; investigations for the building knowledge; seismic analysis; SHM and strengthening interventions); b) policy initiatives for seismic risk mitigation (simplified vulnerability and risk analysis at territorial scale). Other important deliverables will come out from the application and validation of the methodology in several case studies (the Citadel of Algiers and the historical centre of Rhodes, both in the UNESCO list of the World Cultural Heritage, the St.Maria Paganica Cathedral and the Branconio Palace in L’Aquila – Abruzzo Region, the St. Pardo Cathedral in Larino –Molise Region, the Cathedral St. Nicholas in Ljubljana –Slovenia). The call asks for the development of “integrated methodologies and innovative tools” for “protection .. of the main cultural heritage assets as regards the impact of earthquakes” and makes expressly reference to the contribution for improved regulation and standards. The recommendations recently issued by the Italian Ministry of Culture represent the framework for the development of European Guidelines, applicable in the European and the other Mediterranean countries. The methodology proposed in PERPETUATE will use a displacement-based approach for the vulnerability evaluation and the design of interventions; the use of safety verification in terms of displacement, rather than strength, orients to new strengthening techniques and helps in the comprehension of the interaction between structural elements and unmovable artistic assets.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/civil engineering/structural engineering/structural health monitoring
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/crisis management/seismic risk management

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2009-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA
Address
Via Balbi 5
16126 Genova
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 374 600
Administrative Contact
Claudia Parco (Ms.)

Participants (10)

AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 217 720
Address
Lungotevere Grande Ammiraglio Thaon Di Revel 76
000196 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Giuseppe Oliva (Dr.)
BUREAU DE RECHERCHES GEOLOGIQUES ET MINIERES
France
EU contribution
€ 301 000
Address
3 Av Claude Guillemin
45060 Orleans
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Hormoz Modaressi (Prof.)
ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 267 200
Address
Kedea Building, Tritis Septemvriou, Aristotle Univ Campus
54636 Thessaloniki
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kyriazis Pitilakis (Prof.)
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 103 200
Address
Heroon Polytechniou 9 Zographou Campus
15780 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Rallis Kourkoulis (Mr.)
UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 245 000
Address
Kongresni Trg 12
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Roko Zarnic (Prof.)
UNIVERSITY OF BATH
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 195 800
Address
Claverton Down
BA2 7AY Bath
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Dina D'ayala (Dr.)
UNIVERSITE DES SCIENCES ET LA TECHNOLOGIE HOUARI BOUMEDIENE
Algeria
EU contribution
€ 268 820
Address
Route De L'université 1
16111 Alger
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Djillali Benouar (Prof.)
GRADBENI INSTITUT ZRMK DOO
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 161 600
Address
Dimiceva Ulica 12
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Samo Gostič (Dr.)
IL CENACOLO SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 58 880
Address
Via Cassia 1418
00123 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marco Pouchain (Dr.)
PROIND SRL PRODOTTI INDUSTRIALI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 43 655
Address
Via Fornace Cavallino 13/15
20090 Opera
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Armando Settili (Dr.)