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As part of the agreement between the Ministry of Culture and Communication and CNRS, and the Common Laboratory (LABCOM) was set up comprising of UMR CNRS/MCC 3495 MAP (Models and Simulations for Architecture and Heritage), http://www.map.cnrs.fr/, and CICRP.

Axis 1, “Models and methods of architectural analysis and cultural heritage”includes a theme relating to the conservation-restoration of heritage:

B – Preventive conservation, curative conservation, and restoration of cultural heritage coordinated by CICRP takes into account the enrichment of study methodologies through experimentations on heritage objects as well as through the interpretation of questions formulated by scientists and heritage conservation professionals.

Axis 1, Theme B – Preventive conservation, curative conservation, and restoration of cultural heritage

B1 Material knowledge of cultural property through the use of non-destructive means of investigation and the fusion of multi-source data – documentation, scientific imagery, analysis of materials – and their representations.

B2 The interaction between cultural goods, their materiality, and the environment in which they are placed. The environmental parameters can be structural – climate, location – or cyclical – pollution, lighting, exhibition, management, public. The processes of democratization and the increase in cultural tourism constitute a major stake for the conservation of cultural goods and lead to increased requirements in preventive conservation and conservation-restoration.

B3 The development of tools for modeling degradation mechanisms in order to understand the material evolution of cultural property over time, faced with its environment or following interventions on the property. The skills of CICRP’s scientific team and the shared use of scientific analysis, aging and modeling instrumentation between CICRP and MAP constitute substantial technical support for the conservation of cultural property. It is possible to set up simulation programs aimed, on the bases of modeling, at introducing a predictive character into the assessment of conservation/restoration needs of cultural property according to better identified degrees of urgency.