Surveying, monitoring and structural diagnostics 

Dealing with existing structures, especially those considered as Architectural Heritage, requires a deep  knowledge of their geometry, their historical and constructive evolution, the stratigraphic composition of the structural elements, the conditions and properties of the constitutive materials and their compatibility with modern materials used in interventions for conservation purposes. The activities of the research group include structural surveying (identification and quantification of defects, geometry changes and state of damage), development and calibration of nondestructive testing and / or moderately destructive techniques (radar and sonic tests, ultrasonic tomography, thermography, flat-jack tests, coring, endoscopies, geophysical surveys for archeology), mechanical and chemico-physical testing on materials (possibly exposed to aggressive environment), effectiveness assessment of surface treatments, load tests on structures, testing of component materials for the repair and rehabilitation of structures. Additional research topics are techniques and methods for short- and long-term monitoring, monitoring strategies and monitoring system design, management of data obtained from surveying.