Preventive thermographic diagnosis of historical buildings for consolidation

Domenica Paoletti, Dario Ambrosini, Stefano Sfarra, Fabio Bisegna

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Conserving architectural heritage usually requires a multidisciplinary approach involving a variety of professionals and organizations. Since the evaluation of the state of conservation of historical buildings using destructive techniques should be avoided to prevent the integrity of the cultural heritage, the development of non-destructive and non-contact techniques is very important. InfraRed (IR) thermography is a non-destructive powerful tool for fast and accurate building diagnostics. In the investigation of historical structures, where a restoration or conservation treatment can cause irreversible damage to the structure, it is considered to be of most importance. A campaign of thermographic surveys were conducted on a large part of the historical cultural heritage of L'Aquila and its surroundings. In this paper we present the results of the study for the Church of Santa Maria ad Cryptas (XIII century), one of the most ancient buildings in the surroundings of L'Aquila and one of the best examples of Gothic art in Abruzzo, with the aim to evaluate the correspondence between the damage induced by the earthquake and the previous thermographic results, in order to validate the effectiveness of thermography and its role in preventive diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)116-121
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Cultural Heritage
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Consolidation
  • Historical buildings
  • Preventive diagnosis
  • Seismic risk
  • Thermography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Conservation
  • Chemistry (miscellaneous)
  • History
  • Anthropology

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