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Project overview

Resilience Guard is proud to be part of the HYPERION consortium developing a decision support system to improve the resilience of cultural heritage sites that have been affected by climate change and geohazards, one of the biggest challenges in conservation.

Our role includes actively supporting, planning and implementing the information-gathering activities, taking responsibility for business continuity management and leading plans to share project innovations among the wider European community.

The HYPERION project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research & Innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 821054.

Project outline

The 42-month HYPERION project, 'Development of a Decision Support System for Improved Resilience & Sustainable Reconstruction of historic areas to cope with Climate Change & Extreme Events based on Novel Sensors and Modelling Tools' (start date 1 June 2019), aims to leverage existing tools and services (climate/extreme events models and their impacts, decay models of building materials, Copernicus services, etc), novel technologies (terrestrial and satellite imaging for wide-area inspection, advanced machine learning, etc) to deliver an integrated resilience assessment platform, addressing multi-hazard risk understanding, better preparedness, faster, adapted and efficient response, and sustainable reconstruction of historic areas.

Recent studies highlight the potential impact of Climate Change (CC) and geo-hazards (such as landslides and earthquakes) on historic areas hosting Cultural Heritage (CH) sites and monuments, which in turn yield significant adverse impacts on economies, politics and societies. The deterioration of CH sites is one of the biggest challenges in conservation, where aspects such as building technologies/materials, structural responses, preventive measures and restoration strategies, resilience and adaptation methodologies must be considered.

Currently, there is no specific process towards understanding and quantifying CC effects on historic areas. The latter, combined with the limited strategies on CC-related issues, makes the process of assessing quantitatively and qualitatively the impact of various climatic and other parameters on CH sites a difficult task. Hence, support should be provided to governmental bodies and cultural authorities to properly adapt their policies, in the short and long term, towards deploying sustainable mitigation plans and providing efficient reconstruction of the CH parts that have been damaged.

HYPERION takes into account the local ecosystems in the CH areas, mapping out their interactions and following a truly integrated/sustainable reconstruction approach on a technical, social, institutional, environmental and economic level. This is attained by incorporating active communities' participation, by supporting new business models based on the concept of a "load-balancing" economy and by offering financial risk-transfer tools such as insurance and catastrophe (CAT) bonds to ensure the availability of immediate funds to support timely build-back-better efforts.

Project goals

The HYPERION project targets the following Scientific & Technical Objectives (STO):

STO1. Reliable quantification of climatic, hydrological and atmospheric stressors.

STO2. Multi-hazard modelling.

STO3. Analysis of building materials and deterioration processes.

STO4. Implementation of a hygrothermal simulation tool that considers the coupled heat, air and moisture transport phenomena through structure's elements under specific scenarios.

STO5. Improved prediction of structural and geotechnical safety risks of the structures using simulators that exploit monitoring data from various sensors.

STO6. Environmental and material monitoring including state identification and damage diagnosis.

STO7. Design of a holistic resilience assessment platform and a Decision-Support-System, enabling communities' participation.

Our input

Resilience Guard GmbH is participating in several HYPERION tasks throughout the project duration. In particular, Resilience Guard GmbH is actively supporting, planning and implementing the information-gathering activities, while assessing the relevant good practices, standards and regulations.

Our company also takes care of the planning required to achieve Business Continuity objectives. We use an agile adaptation methodology, focusing mostly on the impact and the timely recovery of critical services, as well as increasing the robustness of the supply chain to improve its overall resilience.

Any alternative solutions needed for a back to business state will be identified, while by undertaking a Business Impact Analysis, we will also calculate the potential impact of each critical process in the event of a disruption and prepare a Resiliency Maturity Matrix Model.

Resilience Guard GmbH also leads one of the 11 HYPERION Work Packages, that aims to (a) develop and apply exploitation strategies and plans to foster market introduction of the key project innovations within the wider European community of CH site operators, city managers, and other relevant interested parties, (b) define a clear vision by means of roadmaps, that include the key factors, scenarios, impacts to accelerate the deployment of HYPERION in Europe (and worldwide); and (c) agree on a plan to sustain the necessary actions for the future of the HYPERION community and communications platform.

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