NIKER – 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


Consulting Engineers
Ziegert | Seiler Ingenieure

Services Ziegert | Seiler Ingenieure

  • 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)


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, Vienna 2016, ISBN 978-3-900265-34-2

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