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Technical Platform

In addition to its scientific and technical assistance and research center missions, CICRP has set up a technical platform, establishing a link between technological innovations from public research (CNRS) and the use, provision, and dissemination of these innovations to conservation/restoration professionals.

Thus, CICRP enriches its support capacities both directly or by making conservation/restoration professionals available.

Consequently, it is now gradually acquiring cultural engineering which leans against the original backbone of CICRP: research assistance.

The technical platform offers scientific support in studies and analysis, especially through specific equipment developed and managed at CICRP:

Analysis for the Determination of the Origin of Marbles in Ancient Sculptures

In conjunction with the University of Venice, CICRP coordinates and ensures the establishment of scientific expertise in the analysis of ancient marbles thanks to an appropriate analytical platform (petrography, mineralogy, isotope assays, cathodoluminescence).

Natural Aging Platform

CICRP has set up a natural aging platform to analyze the phenomena of alteration of heritage materials in Mediterranean, urban, and marine environments.
It associates different configurations of test specimen display systems with a climatic station that provides its measurements in real time.

The natural aging platform meets multiple topographical and climatic criteria. In partnership, it was installed on the roof of the MUCEM Conservation and Resources Center, a neighbor of CICRP, to facilitate data collection and local intervention.

It is the only platform of its type entirely devoted to the study of heritage assets in France, a major asset for participating in European research programs dedicated to these issues around the Mediterranean: Italy, Spain, Greece, North African countries, Turkey…

THERMO-ART (in progress)

CICRP, with the University of Reims and the SATT Hauts de France/Grand Est, is co-producing the creation of portable infra-red thermography equipment intended to facilitate diagnoses of surface alteration on movable and immovable heritage.


The collaborative 3D modeling and spatialized annotation platform, AIOLI, was designed by the MAP UMR 3495 CNRS. It is intended for heritage and its conservation and allows users to develop and share two or three-dimensional representations of cultural goods using photographs and enriching them with spatial annotations (scientific data, records of alteration, historical or iconographic documentation, etc.).