Partners And User Group

The consortium includes members from 7 different

European countries:

1. Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und - prüfung, Berlin, Germany (BAM)

2. Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics ITAM ASCR v.v.i., Prague, Czech Republic (ITAM)

3. Institut für Diagnostik und Konservierung an Denkmalen in Sachsen und Sachsen-Anhalt e.V., Dresden, Germany (IDK)

4. University of Genova, Italy (CRUIE)

5. Slovenia National Building & Civil Engineering Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia (ZAG)

6. University of Innsbruck, Austria (UIBK)

7. Technische Universität Dresden, Germany (TUD)

8. UNESCO Chair ECOLAND, University of Bucharest, Romania (ECOLAND)

9. Department of Structural Engineering (DIS), Politecnico di Milano, Italy (POLIMI)

10. Industrial Microbiological Services Ltd., United Kingdom (IMSL)

These institutes provide a lot of experience on different skills related to flood protection of Cultural

Heritage:

• Experience with problems related to civil and structural engineering with a strong focus on historic materials and structures

• Development of methods for testing and monitoring of different parameters of materials, structures and objects with only minor invasion

• Measuring climate and climate control of historic buildings

Figure 5. CHEF Consortium members during the Kick-Off Meeting on 26th of February 2007 in Brussels.

• Characterization of historic building material and successful implementation of modern material in historic structures and systems

• Numerical modelling, laboratory determination and experimental verification of transient hygrothermal transport processes in materials and building components; physico-chemical modelling (influence of salt transport and crystallisation) and physico-biological modelling (conditions for mould and algae growth) connected with deterioration and aging effects of the building substance

• Investigation of continuous drying out processes

• Structural assessment of historic building

• Structural modelling

• Town and urban planning and engineering of the territory

• Safeguard of the historic-architectonic heritage of city centres against the hydraulic and hydrologi-cal hazard, vulnerability assessment and mitigation initiatives

• Water and soil protection engineering, hydrology and water resources management

• Mechanical behaviour of soil, theoretical modelling (theory of hypoplasticity) and experimental determination of material parameters for soil models.

The balance between old EU member countries and new EU members together with associated states is especially adapted to the experience gained with floods from rivers and costs in neighbouring regions: Czech Republic, Slovenia, Romania, Austria, Italy, United Kingdom and Germany. These countries were heavily affected by flood hazards during the last 10 years.

To involve the public and to raise awareness it is important to plan dissemination actions, which target at many different groups. It is necessary to present the project and its objectives, results and approach in an easily understandable and straightforward way. To keep the balance between scientific approach and public acceptance is a difficult task, but the experienced consortium in cooperation with the User Group will be able to manage this.

It is envisaged that another major opportunity to promote the results obtained from the proposed project will be in the form of advice to local authorities, historic monument protection trusts and associations, national governments and the EU in the field of spatial development, specifically sustainable protection of historic monuments.

This in turn should serve to put future EU policies on protection of historic monuments onto an even more widely respected scientific footing both in Europe and world-wide.

The transfer of the research results will be in the form of reports, scientific papers in journals, presentations at international conferences, case study fact sheets, patents on novel technologies developed within the proposed project and an Internet Website. Other possibilities will be hands-on demonstrations and courses and the inclusion of the results in regulations and guidelines.

In the universities presented by the partners, the results of the research will be exploited through workshops and continuing education courses for the students.

Several dissemination activities are targeting at a broad audience and are meant to demonstrate the transformation of scientific research into a practical context.

All these actions have the following objectives:

• Exploitation of project results

• Information of possible users

• Information of public

• Integration of related projects

• Involvement of other organisations

• Transnational networking

• Future education of staff.

Dissemination activities will be organised by the Exploitation Manager in close co-operation with the coordinator and those project partners with close ties to end-user, managers or government or local officials responsible for operating and maintaining historic buildings. In that context the User Group plays an important role for the integration of organisations and other projects related to the maintenance and care of Cultural Heritage buildings.

The consortium of CHEF has already contacted several national trusts, authorities, companies, museums, universities in order to establish a large User Group for dissemination activities. Many institutions all over Europe have expressed their interest in the project and their willingness to support the activities.

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