Research Project

Rose Window of St. Pardo Cathedral, Larino,  ItalyPERPETUATE intends to develop European Guidelines for the evaluation and mitigation of seismic risk to cultural heritage assets, with innovative techniques for the seismic strengthening of historical buildings and the preservation of unmovable artworks. The project will face the problem both for architectonic assets (historic buildings; macroelements, which are architectonic elements that may be analysed independently from the rest of the building) and artistic assets (frescos, stucco-works, statues, pinnacles, battlements, banisters, balconies …). The main outcome of the project will be a document providing European Guidelines for safety and conservation measures and the overall methodology. Other specific documents will be produced, describing the different components of the risk analysis where two different scales will be considered: a) assess­ment of a single cultural heritage asset (hazard analysis; soil foundation and interaction problems; investigations for the building knowledge; seismic analysis; structural health monitoring and strengthening interventions; b) assessment at the territorial scale including simplified vulnerability and risk analysis and policy issues for seismic risk mitigation. These documents will be enriched from the application and validation of the proposed methodology in the following selected case studies: the Citadel of Algiers; the historical centre of Rhodes; the Cathedral St. Nicholas in Ljubljana; Santa Maria Paganica church and Ardinghelli Palace in the historical centre of L’Aquila (Italy), hit by the Abruzzo earthquake on 6th april 2009; the St. Pardo Cathedral in Larino (Molise Region, Italy). It is worth noting that both, the Citadel of Algiers and the historical centre of Rhodes, are in the UNESCO list of the World Cultural Heritage.

The comprehensive resulting documents will be a reference for other similar applications on cultural heritage assets in European countries and in the Southern Side Mediterranean countries. To this aim, it is important to note that the president of the European Committee TC 346 Dr. Vasco Fassina has been included as member of the Advisory Board of the PERPETUATE Project in order to guarantee a direct contact to CEN- European Committee for Standardisation.