Perpetuate Seventh Framework Programme

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


Il Cenacolo is involved as a partner in the PERPETUATE project. This is a small-medium scale focused research European project, funded by FP7. PERPETUATE 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). Two different scales will be considered:

  • 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);
  • assessment at the territorial scale including simplified vulnerability and risk analysis and policy issues for seismic risk mitigation.

The proposed models will be validated by experimental campaigns (considering also shaking table tests) and with the application to several case studies selected in different countries (Algeria, Greece, Italy,Slovenia). The main outcome of the project will be a document providing European Guidelines for safety and conservation measures and the overall methodology.

Other partners:

Università di Genova, Dipartimento di Ingegneria delle Costruzioni – Genova, Italia (co-ordinator)
Bureau de recherches géologiques et minières – Orleans, France
ENEA – Roma, Italia
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki - Thessaloniki, Greece
National Technical University of Athens - Zografou, Greece
University of Ljubljana - Ljubljana, Slovenia
University of Bath – Bath, UK
Building and Civil Engineering Institute ZRMK - Ljubljana, Slovenia
Proind S.r.l. – Firenze, Italia