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Work package 3 comprises activities related to marketing and promotion of the Roman cement technology.


The End-User Advisory Panel, comprising experts from 14 countries - Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, has been supporting the project in educational and awareness-raising activities tailored to the specific local/regional situations. You can find the names, affiliations and contacts of the EAP-members in the project website. They can be very helpful in providing information on Roman cements and their use in the conservation of built heritage at places of their professional interests and activities.
Meetings, small workshops, presentations at fairs, information events or lectures in the interested institutions across Europe have been continually organised. They have been usually a combination of lectures on the project issues to the interested local audience with visits to sites, meetings with persons responsible locally for the care of the architectural heritage and demonstration of how to use Roman cements in conservation practice. Major information events were so far organised in Budapest, Leipzig, Bonn, L’viv and Prague.
The News Area of this website keeps you informed about the next events to come!
International ROCARE training workshops ‘Mortar identification by microscopy and SEM’ have been regularly organised by the project coordinating institution – the Institute of Art and Technology/ Conservation Sciences, Vienna, to train participants from various countries in proceeding through the key analytical steps needed to identify and characterise historic mortars and to improve the knowledge about the range of composition of historic Roman cements in Europe
Award: A ROCARE partner - the Institute of Ceramics and Building Materials, Poland  was awarded the Golden Medal for the production of historically-accurate Roman cements recognised as an outstanding achievement in European Heritage Conservation during DENKMAL 2010 – European Trade Fair for Conservation, Restoration and Old Building Renovation, Leipzig, Germany November 20, 2010
ROCARE demonstration sites - several historic buildings selected in various countries receive a façade restoration using the Roman cement technology after ROCARE supported investigations aimed at the assessment of the historic materials and their decay, and an optimum design of the conservation strategy and techniques. Current activities include historic buildings in Baden/Wien (AT), Brno (CZ), Corbeil (F), L’viv (UA), and Sion (CH).
The particular approach of our engagement in any practical restoration goes beyond just the use of another type of mortar: it is about bringing back the surface appearance of an object to its original state, based on scientific analyses of the materials used, and on the idea of maximal respect for the authenticity both from the aesthetic and material points of view.
Christian Gurtner – a Vienna-based restorer participating in the project – presents the results of cleaning Roman cement renders decorating the façade of the former Palace of Justice in Lviv, Ukraine, during the local workshop.  The building will accommodate shortly a part of the Faculty of Architecture of the National University ‘Lvivska Politechnika’, which opens a perspective of high-level, model conservation of the facade. Training of local conservation professionals and students was also carried out.
Manual on best practice -Typical patterns of deterioration present at the sites of demonstration are documented as well as the measures taken for their restoration; all this will contribute to a glossary forming part of the ROCARE Manual. Product sheets and manuals will be produced in printed and electronic forms; they will be available at this site towards the end of the ROCARE-project
Publications in specific journals, presentations at congresses, conservation reports
Our website contains not only information on the work done in the project but also a set of publications, as complete as possible, available on Roman cements and their use. The publication database comprises 12 items of the historic technical literature, 7 multilingual brochures and advisory notes being the outcome of the former EC ROCEM project, over 30 scientific papers and reports on Roman cements as materials and their historic use. The data base is the most complete source of reference for anybody interested in the issue. We draw your particular attention to four recent papers presented during a specialised session of the 2nd Historic Mortar Conference & RILEM TC 203-RHM Repair Mortars for Historic Masonry Final Workshop held in Prague, September 22-24, 2010, devoted to the investigations and applications of the Roman cements We draw your particular attention to four recent papers presented during a specialised session of the 2nd Historic Mortar Conference & RILEM TC 203-RHM Repair Mortars for Historic Masonry Final Workshop held in Prague, September 22-24, 2010, devoted to the investigations and applications of the Roman cements.
ROCARE International Conference  in Spring 2012
Laboratoire de Recherche des Monuments Historiques, Champs sur Marne is preparing an international conference to take place in Spring 2012 in Paris. The event will be jointly organised by ICOMOS-France and ROCARE, and it will serve as a communication platform for the sectors of built heritage conservation and production / distribution of cements and mortars.
Survey campaigns, to estimate the stock of 19th – early 20th century facades in need of restoration, have been launched in several cities. To date, the cities of Brno, Budapest, Prague and Vienna have been surveyed by ROCARE with the support of local experts and conservation authorities. The results allow estimate the amount of decorated facades existing in typical 19th century urban districts of these cities and thus create a base to assess the potential market for the Roman cement technology in future façade restoration of these stocks.




















The map of the city of Brno, showing the central area surveyed 




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The ROCARE Manual with Glossary and Standard: Take a look by activating the field on the left side! (Presently avaialble in English and Hungarian)!
Natural Cement and Cementitious Building Materials in the Early 20th Century – Wien/Vienna July-4-2016

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