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05/11/2012 read on
The NIKER Final meeting will be held in Padova on November 26-27 2012.
28/08/2012 read on
NIKER will attend the 8th International Conference SAHC 2012 (Structural Analysis of Historical Constructions)
20/03/2012 read on
Coming soon: 4th meeting of the Niker Project. The reunion will take place on the 26 and 27 of March 2012 at the ITAM in Prague, Czech Republic.
29/12/2011 read on
Coming soon: NIKER Seminar. The seminar will take place on the 09 Jannuary 2012 at the Cultural centre in Mostar, Bosna I Hercegovina.
09/12/2011 read onComing soon: Engineer's Seminar. The seminar will take place on the 11 and 12 of December 2011 at Mikveh Israel, Israel.
The Historic building and Earthquake is organized by the Israel Antiquities Authority in cooperation with University of Padova. The aim of the Seminar is to address the problems encountering architects, restorers and conservators in the region as a result of the lack of appropriate treatment of the built cultural heritage.
24/10/2011 read onVisit the webpage of the MATRIX EU Project http://matrix.gpi.kit.edu !!The main objective of MATRIX is to develop methods and tools to tackle multiple natural hazards within a common framework. This will allow future analysts to optimise the risk assessment process, will contribute to rationalising data management for hazards and vulnerability reduction, and will support cost-effective decisions on structural and non-structural mitigation/adaptation measures following a multi-hazard perspective.
17/06/2011 read on
Coming soon: Mid term meeting of the Niker Project. The reunion will take place on the 27 and 28 of June 2011 at the NTUA in Athens, Greece.
Periodic meeting of the Society for Earthquake and Civil Engineering Dynamics - 23 February 2011 - London12/02/2011 read on
The Society for Earthquake and Civil Engineering Dynamics (SECED) - Prof. Ahmed Elghazouli - is going to organize a meeting entitled "Performance Based Damage Assessment and Development of Nonlinear Retrofitting Devices for Masonry Buildings" on the 23rd of February 2011 (18:00) at the Imperial College London, South Kensingtonm Campus, Lecture theatre 201. The speakers will be Dr Dina D'Ayala and Eng. Sara Paganoni both from the University of Bath, one of the participants in the NIKER Project.
15/11/2010 read on
Niker Project presented at the AR&PA Innovation fair that is being held at Valladolid (Spain) in November 201008/08/2010 read on
The Niker Project along with other cultural heritage projects will be presented during the AR&PA 2010 Innovation Fair: VII Bienal de la Restauración y Gestión del Patrimonio. This event is going to be held at Valladolid (Spain) from 11 to 14 of November 2010.
INFO DAY on Environment Theme - FP7 call for proposals - Work Programme 2011 - 12 to 13 of July 201017/06/2010 read on
Next 12-13 July 2010 the Environment Directorate of DG RTD is organising an INFO DAY and brokerage events related the forthcoming publication of the FP7 call for proposals - Work Programme 2011.
09/02/2010 read on
The project tackles the problem of earthquake-impact on Cultural Heritage (CH) assets starting from basic consideration that efficient protection, with substantial guarantee of compatibility and low-intrusiveness, can only be achieved on the basis of the ‘minimum intervention’ approach. This requires that the potentials of existing materials and components are as much as possible exploited in terms of strength and energy dissipation, and that candidate interventions are validated and optimized under specific, real life conditions.
At the project start, earthquake-induced failure mechanisms, construction types and materials, intervention and assessment techniques will be cross-correlated with the aim of developing new integrated methodologies with a systemic approach. Traditional materials will be complemented and enhanced by innovative industrial processes (e.g., nano-limes or micro-silica for injection), and new high-performance (e.g. dissipative) elements will be developed. Novel collaborative combinations of them will be tested on structural components (walls, pillars, floors, vaults) and on structural connections (wall-, floor- and roof-to-wall), through which the behaviour of single strengthened elements converges into the global structural response. The envisaged techniques will also be validated on model buildings and subassemblies. Advanced numerical studies will allow to parameterise the results and to derive simple and optimized design procedures. Early warning techniques for intelligent interventions and advanced monitoring techniques for knowledge based assessment and sequential implementation of interventions will also be developed.
This bottom-up approach will lead to new integrated materials, technologies and tools for systemic improvement of seismic behaviour of CH assets. The new solutions will be compiled into guidelines for end-users. The participation of research centres, SMEs and Industry, public authority and endusers from different countries, including AC, ICPC and MPC, ensures an increased impact of the research.