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Smart Monitoring of Historic Structures

Objective

Historic structures are often of extraordinary architecture, design or material. The conservation of such structures for next European generations is one of the main future tasks. To conserve historic structures it is more and more required to understand the deterioration processes mainly caused by the environment. In certain cases continuous monitoring systems have been installed to obtain information about the deterioration processes. However, most of these monitoring systems were just weather or air pollution data acquisition systems and use only basic models for data analysis. The real influence of the environment to the structure or the structural material is often unaccounted for. That means that the structural resistance is just calculated from the measurements and not determined by sufficient sensors. Another aspect is the fact that most monitoring systems require cabling, which is neither aesthetically appealing nor in some cases applicable due to the needed fastening techniques.
The proposed project aims at the development of competitive tools for practitioners which goes beyond the mere accumulation of data. Smart monitoring systems using wireless sensor networks, new miniature sensor technologies (e.g. MEMS) for minimally invasive installation as well as smart data processing will be developed. It will provide help in the sense of warnings (e.g. increase of damaging factors) and recommendations for action (e.g. ventilation or heating on/off, etc.) using data fusion and interpretation that is implemented within the monitoring system. The development will consist of small smart wireless and robust sensors and networks, with sensors for monitoring of e.g. temperature, humidity, air velocity, strain and crack opening, acoustic emissions, vibration, inclination, chemical attack, ambient and UV light, with built-in deterioration and material models, data pre-processing, and alarm functions to inform responsible persons about changes of the object status.
Comparative tests will be conducted to validate the models as well as the monitoring data from several case studies. The results of the project will be summarized in a toolbox and a guideline, which will be disseminated at special trainings organized for restorers, owner of cultural heritage and public authorities.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/information engineering/telecommunications/wireless
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/environmental sciences/pollution
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/data science/data processing
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/data science/data analysis

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

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

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART
Address
Keplerstrasse 7
70174 Stuttgart
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 249 763

Participants (14)

AuRA Bärbel Dieruff Karl Fiedler GbR
Germany
EU contribution
€ 61 800
Address
Bussenstr. 41
70184 Stuttgart
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bärbel Dieruff (Mrs.)
UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART
Germany
EU contribution
€ 150 120
Address
Keplerstrasse 7
70174 Stuttgart
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ACCADEMIA EUROPEA DI BOLZANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 114 160
Address
Viale Druso 1
39100 Bolzano
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Alexandra Troi (Ms.)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 186 000
Address
Via Zamboni 33
40126 Bologna
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Francesco Ubertini (Prof.)
STIFTUNG PREUSSISCHER KULTURBESITZ
Germany
EU contribution
€ 64 280
Address
Von Der Heydt Strasse 16-18
10785 Berlin
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stefan Simon (Dr.)
INSTYTUT KATALIZY I FIZYKOCHEMII POWIERZCHNI IM. JERZEGO HABERA POLSKA AKADEMIA NAUK
Poland
EU contribution
€ 93 400
Address
Ul. Niezapominajek 8
30239 Krakow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Michal Lukomski (Dr.)
Käferhaus GmbH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 57 600
Address
Neustadlgasse 9
A-2103 Langenzersdorf
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jochen Kaeferhaus (Dr.)
TTI-TECHNOLOGIE-TRANSFER-INITIATIVEGMBH AN DER UNIVERSITAT STUTTGART
Germany
EU contribution
€ 56 920
Address
Nobelstrasse 15
70569 Stuttgart
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Markus Krüger (Dr.)
METALMOBILE S.R.L.
Italy
EU contribution
€ 92 520
Address
Via Calzolari 34
40128 Bologna
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Filippo Bastianini (Dr.)
ARTEMIS SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 50 600
Address
Via Brecce Bianche (C/o Università Politecnica Delle Marche)
60131 Ancona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Enrico Esposito (Dr.)
CENTRO DI RICERCHE EUROPEO DI TECNOLOGIE DESIGN E MATERIALI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 61 150
Address
Strada Statale 7 Appia Km 706+030 Snc
72100 Cittadella Della Ricerca Brindisi
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Stefano De Riccardis (Dr.)
RIWAQ- CENTRE FOR ARCHITECTURAL CONSERVATION
Palestine
EU contribution
€ 31 600
Address
Nablus Road, Al Sharafeh, Al Bireh
- Ramallah
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Suad Al Amiry (Dr.)
Department of Antiquities
Jordan
EU contribution
€ 41 600
Address
Sultan Al-atrash 21
Amman
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Fawwaz Al-Khraysheh (Dr.)
SVEUCILISTE U ZAGREBU GRADEVINSKI FAKULTET
Croatia
EU contribution
€ 93 480
Address
Fra Andrije Kacica Miosica 26
10000 Zagreb
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Vlatka Rajcic (Prof.)