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Proceedings 2018, 2(8), 467;

Continuous Monitoring the Cathedral of Milan: Design, Installation and Preliminary Results

Department ABC, Politecnico di Milano, Piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32, 20133, Milan, Italy
Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano, Via Carlo Maria Martini 1, 20122, Milan, Italy
Presented at the 18th International Conference on Experimental Mechanics (ICEM18), Brussels, Belgium, 1–5 July 2018.
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Published: 14 June 2018
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The Milan Cathedral, built between 1386 and 1813, is one of the largest masonry monuments ever built. After a brief description of the Cathedral, the paper presents the conceptual design of the monitoring system aimed at assisting the condition-based structural maintenance of the historic building. To the authors’ knowledge, the presented monitoring system is the largest ever implemented in a Cultural Heritage monument; in addition, appropriate strategies of Structural Health Monitoring have been developed for the continuous interrogation of sensors installed in the structure and the extraction from measured data of features which are representative of the current state of structural health.
Keywords: Cathedral of Milan; maintenance; monitoring; seismometer; tilt-meter Cathedral of Milan; maintenance; monitoring; seismometer; tilt-meter
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Gentile, C.; Canali, F. Continuous Monitoring the Cathedral of Milan: Design, Installation and Preliminary Results. Proceedings 2018, 2, 467.

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