3D Scanning and Emergency Management of Cultural Heritage Buildings after Earthquakes: the St. Francis of Assisi Integrated System

3D scanning of the three levels of the St. Francis of Assisi Basilica (Assisi, Italy) -courtesy of Prof.  Fabio Garzia – La Sapienza University, Rome (Italy).

One of the main problems of emergency management in case of damage reported by historic buildings after an earthquake is represented by immediate damage assessment. In fact, nowadays it is not possible to use techniques other than the personal evaluation carried out by first responders.

The purpose of the paper, presented by Dr. Eng. Stefano Marsella and Prof. Fabio Garzia at the 6th International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development – Granada June, 2018  is to illustrate a proper 3D imaging technique to improve damage restorations, showing, as a case study, what has been done and what is going on in the Papal Basilica and the Sacred Convent of Saint Francis in Assisi, Italy.

One of the main problems of emergency management in case of damage reported by historic buildings after an earthquake is represented by immediate damage assessment. Nowadays, it is not in fact possible to use techniques other than the personal evaluation carried out by rescuers. However, since in many cases it is necessary to estimate the deformations and displacements of structures based on objective values within a brief time, the Department of Fire Corps of the Italian Ministry of the Interior and the research sector have started to study alternative solutions, using innovation technologies. One of the methods under study is represented by the use of 3D images of the buildings acquired before the events and their comparison with similar images acquired after the events.

Download the paper: Marsella_Garzia1

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