NIKER – Europe-Wide Research Project

Ambel, Spanien

Construction works
Consulting Engineers
ZRS Ingenieure
Miccoli, L., Perrone, C., Gardei, A., Ziegert, C., Kaiser, C., Fontana, P., Gerrad, C.: Analysis and diagnosis of earthen buildings: The case of Ambel preceptory in Aragon, Spain, in: earth construction & tradition vol 1, IVA-Verlag, Wien 2016, ISBN 978-3-900265-34-2

New Integrated Knowledge based approaches to the protection of cultural heritage from Earthquake-induced Risk

Europe-wide research project focussing on earthquake protection measures for historic buildings (

  • Ziegert | Seiler Ingenieure, in collaboration with the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) are responsible for the protection of historic earthen buildings
  • Analysis of basic and building system specific failure mechanisms
  • Survey and analysis of damaged buildings
  • Conception and guidance for the attempted determination of constructional/material parameters of historic earthen materials and building elements
  • Concept development and assistance with testing of suitable building reinforcement methods
  • Computer simulations of earthquake effects on undamaged, damaged and reinforced earthen buildings

ZRS engineer services was earth building planning, research into minimally invasive techniques for the considered modification of earthen buildings in earthquake risk areas

Financed by
NIKER is a jointly funded research project co-financed through the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme, co-operation, theme: ‘Environment’ (EC contract nº 244123)

Shown pictures present a rammed earth building in Ambel, Spain and a picture of the church in San Marco in L’Aquila, Italy.