Cintec Provides a ‘Stitch’ in Time

Posted: March 9, 2011 in Cintec, Client News, press releases
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Aftermath of Italian Earthquake 2009

Cintec International has been appointed as the only British company to actively participate in the three-year collaborative European NIKER research project. The aim of the project is to protect the artistic value of cultural heritage sites from earthquake induced damage through the use of ‘stitching’ , the industry’s term for the reinforcement of structures.

Earthquakes can cause dramatic and devastating effects to both people and structures, not only in the Southern Hemisphere as the recent Christchurch, New Zealand disaster has proved but also in Europe.  The 2009 earthquake in Abruzzo, Italy is a prime example of how earthquake damage, whether involving casualties or cultural losses, is high in European historic centres.

With a budget of approximately 3.5million Euros, co-funded with 2.7million Euros by the European Commission, the NIKER project, which stands for “New Integrated Knowledge-Based Approaches to the Protection of Cultural Heritage from Eathquake-Induced Risk”, proposes to tackle the problem by developing new high-performance elements and by complementing and enhancing traditional materials with industrial processes. The process relies on both experimental and computational tools, databases and the know-how of partners involved in the project. Validation will be performed under specific, real life conditions.

As a structural engineering company with headquarters in Newport, South Wales, Cintec commercialises patented anchoring and reinforcement systems across the globe. The company has maintained structures including, Windsor Castle, the European Parliament Buildings in Athens, the pyramid of Djoser in Egypt and has recently won a three-year contract to strengthen the façade of the Confederation Building which overlooks St.John’s, in Newfoundland, Canada and in 2002 Cintec was awarded the Queen’s Award for strengthening masonry arched structures.  

With the support of the University of Bath, Cintec’s objective as part of the NIKER project will be to develop a new type of anchor in which a dissipative device and a sensoring system will be imbedded to create new improved systems for connections with early warning techniques that signal an earthquake.  Such anchors will allow a controlled and repairable movement of walls within the structure enabling it to resist seismic forces. The completion of the project will result in a set of guidelines for end-users, giving instructions on new integrated materials, technologies and tools for systematic improvement of seismic behaviour of cultural heritage assets. Sara Paganoni, a PhD research student in seismic engineering from Bath University, has been assigned to the programme by the NIKER project and works with Cintec in a research capacity helping to develop the new anchoring system.

Peter James, Managing Director of Cintec says:

‘We are extremely pleased to have been chosen to take part in the NIKER scheme. Much of our own work involves maintaining and protecting key historical and cultural sites and thus we are extremely pleased to be able to further develop our advanced anchoring systems in order to mitigate the often devastating effects of earthquakes. We look forward to working with Bath University and many other European organisations on this new and exciting project.’


For further information, please contact:

Rob Petersen: Managing Director, Petersens:

029 20549597

Notes to editors:

About Cintec

Cintec International is a globally recognized leader in engineering research and development. Merging creative thinking with solid engineering principles, Cintec International has solved thousands of client problems all over the world. For further information:

Cintec Anchoring System

The Cintec anchoring system offers a remarkably versatile, proven approach to internally strengthen masonry buildings and structures.

The system works by pre-drilling an oversized hole in the structure and inserting an anchor body surrounded by a fabric sock. A cementitious grout is injected through the middle of the anchor under low pressure. It passes through a series of grout flood holes into the fabric sock, inflating the entire assembly like a balloon. For further information:

Niker Project

The project tackles the problem of earthquake-impact on Cultural Heritage (CH) assets starting from basic consideration that efficient protection, with substantial guarantee of compatibility and low-intrusiveness, can only be achieved on the basis of the ‘minimum intervention’ approach. This requires that the potentials of existing materials and components are as much as possible exploited in terms of strength and energy dissipation, and that candidate interventions are validated and optimized under specific, real life conditions. For further information:


The Engineer, 24th March 2011 :

Past Horizons, 8th March 2011:

South Wales Argus, 15th March 2011:

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