Project facts

Duration: 2021-01-01 - 2023-12-31
Project consortium: Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (IT), Inception SRL (IT), Pin Soc.Cons. A.R.L - Servizi Didattici e Scientifici per l'Universita di Firenze (IT), Associazione Culturale Prisma (IT), Fundacion Tecnalia Research & Innovation (ES), Visual Dimension bvba (BE), RDF OOD AR DI EF (BG), Iron Will LLC (MD), Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie Van Wetenschappen - Knaw (NL), Alma Mater Studiorum - Universita di Bologna (IT), Athina-Erevnitiko Kentro Kainotomias Stis Technologies Tis Pliroforias, Ton Epikoinonion Kai Tis Gnosis (GR), Laboratorio Nacional de Engenharia Civil (PT), The Cyprus Institute (CY), Idryma Technologias Kai Erevnas (GR), Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico delle biblioteche italiane e per le informazioni bibliografiche (IT), Connecting Archeology and Architecture in Europe (IE), Michael Culture (BE), Institutul National al Patrimoniului (RO), Université de Tours (FR), Centre National de la Recherche CNRS (FR), Leica Geosystems AG (CH)
Funding bodies: HORIZON 2020
Subject areas: Built Heritage, Conservation, Digitization, Heritage Management, ICT tools
Budget: € 2 998 208


4CH starts on the 1st January 2021 for a duration of three years. The project aims to set up the methodological, procedural, and organizational framework of a Competence Centre, an infrastructure dedicated to knowledge organization and transfer through means such as training, standardization and inter-disciplinary collaboration. This European Competence Centre will need to adapt to many different conditions such as how cultural heritage is managed, the risks that may affect its conservation and how it may be valorised. Using a holistic and multidisciplinary approach to the conservation of cultural heritage, it will facilitate coordination between cultural heritage Institutions across Europe and provide services and tools to enable preservation and conservation of historical monuments and sites using the latest, most effective technologies with special attention to 3D.

4CH will benefit a range of institutions and other bodies, both public and private, responsible for managing European CH, service providers (CH professionals and SMEs), the creative industries and hospitality sector as well as heritage agencies, public bodies such as ministries and decision-makers who inform policies and strategies for conservation, preservation and digitization. The current Consortium includes leading institutions from the academia, industry, SMEs and research centres with complementary expertise and a wide geographic coverage of Europe who are guided by an Advisory Board consisting of high-level experts.

Impacts & Results

The Competence Centre will promote a holistic and multidisciplinary approach to the conservation of CH and facilitate coordination between Heritage Agencies and CH Institutions across Europe and ongoing European initiatives.
By building an effective partnership, 4CH enable the take up and transfer of research project results by the cultural heritage sector.
Services and tools to enable preservation and conservation using the latest, most effective technologies will be provided by:

  • Establishing a map of research and cutting-edge technologies related to preservation, conservation and sustainable promotion of monuments and sites, which will be regularly updated;
  • Reporting on the most valuable initiatives, experiences and best practices across Europe and internationally.
  • Defining training and upskilling programmes for cultural heritage institutions, operators and professionals;
  • Developing consultancy, guidelines and protocols concerning the use of ICT with a special attention to 3D technologies for management and their integration with monitoring technologies and sensors.