The first annual meeting of the European project “Civil engineering and geomatics innovative research on heritage” (ENGINEER), which is coordinated by the Department of Civil Engineering and Geoinformatics Engineering of the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT), has been completed. The meeting took place on September 11 and 12 in Limassol.
The purpose of the meeting was to review the activities carried out during the first year of the project (2022-2023) and plan further research and educational activities of the network.
The next activity of the project is the visit of the CUT research team to the facilities of the University of Aveiro for laboratory tests, on-site tests and skill development related to construction systems and materials, their wear characteristics, characteristics of old materials, issues of compatibility and durability, etc.. In addition, it is expected to carry out resistance and acceleration measurements in real conditions with on-site investigations in the 18th century palace Quinta do Paço da Ermida, Portugal.
The ENGINEER research project focuses on the innovative research fields dealing with documentation, digitisation, visualisation, data exchange, structural design, seismic and conservation engineering of cultural heritage, including monuments and landscapes. It is a three-year project funded by the European Commission, amounting to 1.5 million euros, within the Horizon Europe Twinning call (HORIZON-WIDERA-2021-ACCESS-03) and its work is expected to be completed at the end of 2025.
The project looks forward to the research and technological upgrading and excellence of laboratories of the Department of Civil Engineering and Geoinformatics Engineering in the promising fields of geoinformatics and civil engineering with the aim of scientific study, preservation and promotion of cultural heritage.
To achieve this goal, CUT has aligned its forces with three leading research and innovation institutions in Europe. Specifically, the Polytechnic of Milan (Politecnico di Milano, POLIMI) of Italy, the University of London (University College of London, UCL) of the United Kingdom, and the University of Aveiro (Universidade de Aveiro, UAVEIRO) of Portugal participate in the consortium. Also, the Eratosthenes Cyprus Centre of Excellence has undertaken the communication and interaction of project results with local industry, society and policy makers through the Centre’s Digital Innovation Hub.
More information about the European ENGINEER project can be found on the project website https://engineer-twinning.eu and on the project’s social media.
Source: Cyprus University of Technology | News (https://shorturl.at/ikq04)