Applied Geomatics

, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp 473–484 | Cite as

3D survey and 3D modelling for seismic vulnerability assessment of historical masonry buildings

  • C. Balletti
  • M. BallarinEmail author
  • P. Faccio
  • F. Guerra
  • A. Saetta
  • P. Vernier
Original Paper


The new geomatics techniques have the aim of responding to the needs of damage documentation, risk assessment and providing support for managing and sharing data in emergency and danger conditions. The paper describes the experience of a group of researchers in geomatics and construction techniques at the Iuav University of Venice following the Emilia earthquake, when on 20th and 29th of May 2012, two powerful earthquakes struck northern Italy. The epicentres were recorded respectively in Finale Emilia (magnitude 5.9 Ml) and Medolla (magnitude 5.8 Ml) in the province of Modena, though the earthquake was formed by a series of seismic shakes located in the district of the Emilian Po Valley, mainly in the provinces of Modena, Ferrara, Mantova, Reggio Emilia, Bologna and Rovigo. An immediate documentation was necessary to shoring up and protect the damaged structures before any restoration and reconstruction intervention. Many monuments in the city of Mantova were hit by the earthquake and, among these, Palazzo Ducale with the well-known Castello di San Giorgio which host the noteworthy “Camera degli Sposi”. This building, the most famous of the city, was so damaged that it was closed for more than 1 year after the earthquake. Immediately after the earthquake, the Soprintendenza per i Beni Architettonici e Paesaggistici of Brescia, Cremona and Mantova establish an agreement with the University Iuav of Venice, requiring an analysis and assessment of the damage in order to proceed with the development of an intervention project. This activity turned out to be very important not only from the point of view of the recovery of the architectural and artistic heritage but also because the city’s economy is based primarily on tourism. The closure of one of the most important monuments of Mantova has led to a significant and alarming decline in the government income.


Earthquake Laser scanner Cultural Heritage Camera degli Sposi Mantegna 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.DPPACUniversità Iuav di VeneziaVeneziaItaly
  2. 2.DACCUniversità Iuav di VeneziaVeneziaItaly
  3. 3.Laboratorio di Fotogrammetria, Sistema dei LaboratoriUniversità Iuav di VeneziaVeneziaItaly

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