STORM: defence of the European Cultural Heritage

Engineering coordinates the international and multidisciplinary research project aimed at the protection of the European Cultural Heritage.

STORM (Safeguarding Cultural Heritage through Technical and Organisational Resources Management) - in line with the EU policy statement "Towards an integrated approach to Cultural Heritage for Europe’s realisation of the value of the EU heritage" (European Commission 2014b) - aims at defining, developing and assessing a technological integrated framework providing eco-innovative, cost-effective and collaborative methodologies to support all the involved stakeholders to better act in the prevention (to mitigate the effect of climate phenomena) and intervention (when a disaster occurs) phases.

STORM proposes a set of novel predictive models and improved non-invasive and non-destructive methods of survey and diagnosis, for effective prediction of environmental changes and for revealing threats and conditions that could damage cultural heritage sites. Moreover, STORM will determine how different vulnerable materials, structures and buildings are affected by different extreme weather events together with risks associated to climatic conditions or natural hazards, offering improved, effective adaptation and mitigation strategies, systems and technologies.

An integrated system featuring novel sensors (intra fluorescent and wireless acoustic sensors), legacy systems, state of the art platforms (including LiDAR and UAVs), as well as crowdsourcing techniques will be implemented, offering applications and services over an open cloud infrastructure.

Engineering will implement a cooperation platform for collaboratively collecting and enhancing knowledge, processes and methodologies on sustainable and effective safeguarding and management of account environmental and anthropogenic risks, and of using Complex Events processing.

The consortium have been carefully selected in order to adequately represent the rich European Cultural Heritage. The team is composed by Engineering, Soprintendenza Speciale per il Colosseo il Museo Nazionale Romano e l’Area Archeologica di Roma, Ministero degli Interni - Corpo Nazionale Vigili del Fuoco, Università della TUSCIA and Resiltech. At International level have been involved the Ephorate of Antiquities of Rethymno - Hellenic Ministry of Culture Education and Religious Affairs, the Portuguese General Direction of Cultural Heritage, the Technological Educational Institute of Piraeus, the Bogazici University, the University of Stuttgart, INOV Inesc Inovação - Instituto de Novas Tecnologias, the Salford University and Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik.

Results will be tested in relevant case studies in five different countries: Terme di Diocleziano (Italy), Mellor (UK), Troia (Portugal), Rethymno (Grece), Ephesus (Turkey).