Special Issue "Architectural Heritage Management in Earthquake-Prone Areas"

A special issue of Heritage (ISSN 2571-9408).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 July 2023 | Viewed by 162

Special Issue Editors

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (DICeA), University of Florence, 50134 Florence, Italy
Interests: structural engineering; masonry building; cultural heritage; seismic vulnerability; evaluation and rehabilitation; engineering education; earthquake engineering; neural network; optimization; computational mechanics; unilateral contact problems; system identification; structural health monitoring (SHM); seismic engineering; design of experiment; data analysis; output-only systems identification
Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental, and Materials Engineering (DICAM), University of Bologna, V.le Risorgimento 2, 40136 Bologna, Italy
Interests: structural analysis; finite element analysis; finite element modeling; mechanical properties; stress analysis; construction structural dynamics; mechanics of materials; simulation building
Department of Civil and Building Engineering, and Architecture, Polytechnic University of Marche, Via Brecce Bianche 12, 60131 Ancona, Italy
Interests: mathematical models of curved beams; linear and non-linear dynamics of beams and laminates; non-smooth contact dynamics method applied to masonry structures; dynamic identification of physical; modal

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The historical and architectural heritage of many countries of the world consists mainly of masonry buildings. It is well known that many of these buildings are vulnerable to natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, and landslides. For this reason, there is an urgent need to improve the structural performance of historic buildings and enhance safety.

Although research has focused intensively on these aspects, there are still some problems related to appropriate management approaches.

This sort of heritage buildings is likely to be characterized by various changes over time, either negative changes due to abandonment, or positive changes due to renovation of historic buildings to support their adaptation to new living conditions. Thus, inherent vulnerabilities result from all the changes that the asset has undergone, which poses an even greater risk for buildings in seismic areas, as this could lead to irreversible damage and loss.

A good understanding of the vulnerability of historic buildings in earthquake-prone areas is therefore important for their appropriate preservation.

This not only allows the planning of preventive maintenance measures but, in the event of an earthquake, it leads to more informed decisions about where to intervene first and to determine more quickly where to take safety measures for the buildings most at risk.

Our goal, therefore, is to discuss outstanding issues, challenges, and successes in collecting architectural heritage data to improve the management of these types of assets.

We invite researchers, professionals, and stakeholders to contribute to this special issue by submitting both original research articles and review articles to promote scientific progress in this field.

Dr. Michele Betti
Dr. Giovanni Castellazzi
Dr. Francesco Clementi
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • heritage management
  • H-BIM
  • digital twins
  • computational modeling
  • big data
  • artificial intelligence / machine learning
  • Internet of Things
  • best practices

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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