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NIKER - New integrated knowledge based approaches to the protection of cultural heritage from earthquake-induced risk


The NIKER project proposes the development of a new integrated methodology aiming at improving the general safety level and reducing the loss of artistic value of Cultural Heritage assets. Such a methodology relays on a multidisciplinary approach for the development of innovative materials and systems for low-intrusiveness, compatible interventions.
Thus, on the basis of real application conditions, the project aims at developing and validating complete and diversified innovative technologies and tools for systemic improvement of seismic behaviour of Cultural Heritage assets.

NIKER is a collaborative research project funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme, aiming at the protection of Cultural Heritage from earthquake-induced risk.
The project tackles the problem of earthquake-impact on Cultural Heritage assets starting from consideration that efficient protection can only be achieved on the basis of the “minimum intervention” approach.
The NIKER project encompasses the active participation of eighteen partners, representatives of Universities, Research Centres, Public Organizations, and Private Companies from twelve Countries of Europe and the Mediterranean Basin.

Reference: Project FP7-ENV-2009-1-244123-NIKER

Date: 2010-2012

Partner Institutions: Università degli Studi di Padova (coordenador), Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, National Technical University Athens, Politecnico di Milano, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, University of Bath, Gazi University, Ecole Nationale d'Architecture, Cairo University, Israel Antiques Authority, Bozza Legnami, Cintec International, Interprojekt, S&B Industrial Minerals S.A., ZRS, Monumenta.