CESI is a specialist in civil engineering and environmental monitoring, as one of its key priorities. The company started working in this area in the 1950s and our decades of experience in structural diagnostics and monitoring has included more than 200 projects on the most important sites in Italy (e.g. the leaning tower of Pisa, St. Mark’s Basilica, the Chapel of the Holy Shroud), and abroad (e.g. The Temple of Luxor, Mexico’s Metropolitan Cathedral).
Protecting cultural heritage is a complex matter requiring the consideration of a number of different aspects:
- Structural behaviour: over time structural materials suffer weathering and deterioration, which must be monitored to project scheduled maintenance activities and keep structural safety conditions.
- Maintenance and restoration: culturally significant structures deteriorate over time and need to be maintained and restored. Monitoring helps engineers to predict when restoration activities will be needed, helping owners to plan their investments.
- Site conditions: structural instability can be cause caused by site seismicity, changes in soil-bearing capacity and landscape slope conditions, as well as the deterioration of foundations over time. Monitoring helps to avoid damage to buildings and can help engineers to plan remediation actions.
CESI can manage all three components of cultural heritage monitoring – developing, implementing and managing monitoring systems to guarantee safeguarding of any heritage architectural building.