TypeICT Policy Support Programme, CIP-Pilot action
Responsableprof. Gabriele Guidi

3D-ICONS brings together partners from across Europe with the relevant expertise to digitise in 3D architectural and archaeological monuments and buildings identified by UNESCO as being of outstanding cultural importance. The project will contribute content to Europeana aiming to increase the critical mass of engaging 3D content available to Europeana's users.

Archaeoastronomy in the Mediterranean area

TypeProject supported by CNN International, Regione Lazio, Fund FARB Politecnico di Milano for the basic research
Responsableprof. Giulio Magli

Giza, Egypt, summer solstice. Akhet , the hierogliph name of the Great Pyramid, is written once a year by the sun setting between the Khufu and Khafra pyramids. (Photograph G. Magli)

The project aims at developing the research on the archaeoastronomy of Mediterranean cultures, with special attention to Roman and pre-Roman Italy and to ancient Egypt. The viewpoint is that of modern archaeoastronomy, meant as a multi-disciplinary science working in close connection with the archaeology of the landscape.


Giulio Magli, From Abydos to the Valley of the Kings and Amarna: the conception of royal funerary landscapes in the New Kingdom, in "Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry", vol. 11, 2 (2011), pp. 23-36.


Responsableprof. Michela Rossi

The prospective is transversal in Europe: in a temporal sense, because it moves from the testimonies of the Roman wall painting to arrive to the illusions of the Baroque; in a spatial sense, because it was practiced in every European region, often borrowing solutions from country to country; then in a cultural sense. The project pursues the enhancement of Architectural Perspectives through the development and the application of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).

Diagnostic tests on the structure of San Biagio Church at L'Aquila

TypeResearch contract between Curia of L'Aquila and Politecnico di Milano - DICA
Responsablesprof. Cristina Tedeschi, prof. Paola Condoleo, prof. Luigi Zanzi

In the aftermath of the earthquake that the night of April 6 devastated L'Aquila and its surroundings, an extensive campaign of investigation has been carried out to assess the state of damage of the structures of San Biagio Arniternuni historical complex, by means of diagnostic investigations. The results have been used by professionals to draw up the restoration intervention.


P. Condoleo, C. Tedeschi, L. Binda, L. Cantini, S. Munda, C. Tiraboschi, F. Casarin, C. Modena, F. Lorenzoni, Il complesso architettonico di San Biagio nel centro storico dell'Aquila: indagini diagnostiche e prove dinamiche sulle strutture portanti colpite dal sisma del 6 aprile 2009, in "Recuperare & Condividere", 1 (Gen-Giu 2011), pp. 51-80.
Luigia Binda, Lorenzo Cantini, Paola Condoleo, Stefano Munda, Cristina Tedeschi, The mechanical response of historical buildings to seismic events: the case of the church of St. Biagio in L'Aquila (Italy), in Arturo E. Schultz, J. Stephen Weeks, Olene Bigelow, Jennifer Bean Popehn (eds.), The eleventh North American Masonry Conference, Omnipress, Madison, Wisconsin, 2011.

DPC-RELUIS Line 1 Masonry Structures: quality,mechanical properties,diagnostic investigations and vulnerability of masonry buildings at territorial scale

TypeNational project- Agreement between consorzio ReLUIS and Dipartimento della Protezione Civile
ResponsableGiuliana Cardani

Stone masonry section

The theme of the earthquake resistance of existing masonry buildings has always been of primary importance because of the high vulnerability of masonry buildings and their large amount in the Italian territory. The problem is wide and complex, and there are still many open problems. In the context of the DPC - Reluis project, it is necessary to improve the study of irregular masonry stone and parameters to be used in seismic testing, if it is not possible to perform destructive tests on site , as for Architectural Heritage and / or is not cost-effective to rely on values ​​that offers the NTC2008 legislation .

Insight into Masolino's wall paintings in Castiglione Olona: Advanced reflectance and fluorescence imaging analysis

TypeResearch contract between Arcidiocesi di Milano - Curia Arcivescovile - and Politecnico di Milano - Cultural Heritage Centre
Responsableprof. Gianluca Valentini

The project consisted in the study of the state of conservation of Renaissance frescoes by Masolino da Panicale into the Baptistery of Castiglione Olona Collegiate. The analyses were carried out by means of non-invasive reflectance imaging aimed at monitor in a period of three years the colour variation of the painted surfaces. Spectrally-resolved and lifetime-resolved imaging devices were applied together in order to characterise some fluorescent materials in frescoed surfaces (in particular binders, fluorescent pigments and restoration materials).


Daniela Comelli, Austin Nevin, Gianluca Valentini, Iacopo Osticioli, Emilio Mario Castellucci, Lucia Toniolo, Davide Gulotta, Rinaldo Cubeddu, Insights into Masolino's wall paintings in Castiglione Olona: Advanced reflectance and fluorescence imaging analysis, in "Journal of Cultural Heritage", 12 (2011), pp. 11-18.

Optic System for flat-jack test

TypeProject of ABC and DICA department Politecnico di Milano
Responsablesarch. Claudia Tiraboschi, Marco Cucchi

Development of a non-invasive optical measurement system based on the acquisition in real time of a grid point movements, applied to flat-jacks tests in order to overcome some current limits: relative movement measure, local anomalies, definition of the maximum applicable strain.


M. Cucchi, C. Tiraboschi, M. Antico, L. Binda, Optical system for real-time measurement of the absolute displacements applied to flat jack test, in 8th International Conference on Structural Analysis of Historical Construction, Wroclaw, Poland, 2012.


Rondanini Pietà. Monitoring project

TypeConvention between Soprintendenza del Castello - Museum Sector - and Politecnico di Milano - Cultural Heritage Centre
Responsableprof. Lucia Toniolo.

Monitoring of the sculpture before and after movement and indoor monitoring in definitive location: monitoring by means of spectrophotometer, monitoring of the vibrational regime, portable video miscroscopy and multispectral imaging; evaluation of the stability using laser pointers and video; endoscopy.

Sala delle Asse. The restoration. Leonardo da Vinci painter at the Castle in Milan

TypeResearch contract between Politecnico di Milano - HOC Lab - and Comune di Milano
Responsableprof. Paolo Paolini

"Sala delle Asse. The restoration" is an innovative communication project based on digital storytelling, a modern and effective tool to talk about Cultural Heritage. Realized by HOC-LAB (Politecnico di Milano), the project is created and developed to communicate to the public, with multimedia stories, the restoration of the "Sala delle Asse" at the Castle in Milan, painted by Leonardo da Vinci. It is the first case in the world in which a restoration is offered to the worldwide public in real time, and not just at the end.

Smart Culture

TypeRegional Operative Program 2007-2013
Responsableprof. Gianluca Valentini

The project aims to study and create a model where users have easy access to cultural heritage. The project consists in defining a model of innovative techniques of multi-digitization, through which cultural heritage will be available on-line and accompanied by explanations and insights. Also a system of advanced diagnostic will be created, finalized to the protection and preservation of cultural heritage.

Structural history of the Cathedral of Milan

TypeResearch contract
ResponsablesIng. Dario Coronelli, prof. Claudio di Prisco

Structural analysis with limited and finite element analysis methods, combined with the geometry and history of the Cathedral, from its construction to recent restoration.

The façade of the Cathedral of Monza. Research and diagnostic for the conservation project.

TypeResearch contract
Responsableprof. Lucia Toniolo

The project is aimed at the selection and development of materials and methodologies in support of the conservation of the façade. The preliminary stages of knowledge and diagnosis of the several types of stone used in the façade are carried out on a pilot site. The goal is the characterization of materials, evaluation of their state of conservation and identification of degradation mechanisms. Appropriate intervention strategies will be developed in relation to the results obtained and applied to the entire façade.

The Queen's paths. Cross-border itineraries relative to the Queen road

TypeOperative Program of Cross-border Cooperation Italy-Switzerland 2007-2013
Responsableprof. Maria Antonia Brovelli

The project aims to promote the Cultural Heritage of the areas crossed by the historic paths, using geospatial technology for the dissemination of knowledge, preservation of territory and promotion of sustainable tourism.


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