BackgroundGetty Seismic Adobe Project (GSAP), which investigated the performance of historic adobe structures during earthquakes and developed cost-effective retrofit methods that preserve the authenticity of these buildings. Results of this research have been disseminated in a series of publications, both in English and Spanish.
In 2006 the Earthen Architecture Initiative convened two meetings: the Getty Seismic Adobe Project Colloquium and New Concepts in Seismic Strengthening of Historic Adobe Structures. Held at the Getty Center, the meetings focused on implementation of the Getty's seismic research and on identification of further research needed in the study of historic earthen architecture in seismic zones. Papers presented at the GSAP colloquium, as well as the main conclusions of colloquium's round table discussions are available online.
The ProjectMinisterio de Cultura del Perú, the Escuela de Ciencias e Ingeniería of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, and the University of Minho — is designing, testing, and implementing seismic retrofitting techniques and maintenance programs with locally available materials that will improve the structural performance and safety of earthen buildings while minimizing loss of historic fabric. The Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at the University of Bath and the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering at University College London have been also SRP partners from 2010 to 2012 and from 2013 to 2014 respectively.
The design and testing of the seismic retrofitting techniques and maintenance programs by the SRP builds upon the work of GSAP as well as conclusions drawn from the Pisco, Peru 2007 earthquake assessment, and detailed construction assessment of Peruvian historic earthen buildings.
Design effective seismic retrofitting techniques using locally available materials and expertise for Peruvian historic building types that have potential for wider application in other countries
Obtain data, based on rigorous scientific research and testing, that demonstrates the validity of the designed techniques
Acquire recognition, approval, and promotion of the techniques by local authorities
Develop guidelines and manuals for the conservation community and site managers who implement retrofitting techniques, highlighting the significance of constant monitoring, maintenance, and repair
Develop model conservation projects that demonstrate the implementation of the techniques.
Page updated: March 2016