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Smart Monitoring of Historic Structures

Historic structures constitute important part of our cultural heritage which we in turn have a duty to pass to future generations in the full richness of their authentic architecture and materials. The conservation of these structures presents a fascinating and diverse range of scientific challenges; in particular the need to protect them effectively from the environmental degradation is widely recognised. Diagnostic monitoring so far has been largely limited to acquisition of climate parameters and air pollution levels used as input into functions or models predicting damage. The limitations of the approach in assessing precisely the risk of damage to a concrete historic structure in its specific environment lead inevitably to a search for scientific methods of direct tracing damage: noninvasive, continuous, simple, economic and capable of operating in the real-world conditions.


To develop smart monitoring system using wireless networks of miniature, robust sensors for minimally invasive installation at historic structures to monitor temperature, humidity, air velocity, strain and crack opening, acoustic emissions, vibration, ambient or UV light levels, or chemical attack.
To provide smart data processing based on the built-in material deterioration models which would warn owners and conservation professionals about threats, and produce recommendations for action.
To develop user-friendly, modular and open source software which can be continuously updated and broadened to handle specific questions arising at objects, steer various combinations of sensors, be open for extensions in the future.

European Commission (EU)
Seventh Framework Programme - ENVIRONMENT
Project Reference: 212939
Bundesministeriums für Verkehr, Bau und Stadtentwicklung (Germany)
Project Reference: (AZ: SF – / II 3 – F20-08-37)
(German partners only)
For additional information see sponsors.

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