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Research and innovation

Research and innovation

Hall 26

At SAIE 2015, hall 26 will be the focal point for research where visitors will be able to discover the most important national Research Centres in the field of construction and building and find out more about the latest and most advanced research efforts.

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More than twenty research centres, university laboratories, CNR, ENEA and company networks will be taking part in the initiative and will introduce visitors to research projects, technological innovation and patents developed in cooperation with construction sector companies.

In accordance with the focus of SAIE SMART HOUSE, the research centre area will also concentrate on technological solutions for new constructions and for the recovery and consolidation of the existing building stock, technologies for seismic retrofit, energy efficiency and new materials. 

These technological solutions, some of which were recently launched onto the market while others are still at an experimental stage, will represent the very best of research efforts in the world of construction.

The Research Centre area will be divided into three stations along the theme route leading towards SAIE ACADEMY, the SAIE training school.

  • Exhibition area for new technologies

An exhibition of mock-ups and prototypes of innovative products or technologies is at the heart of the first station, the exhibition area devoted to research centres and companies that have worked with them in carrying through innovation projects.
This year’s area includes a focus on technologies for new wood buildings and for the use of technologies that use wood for structural and functional renovation of buildings.
In this area of SAIE, a team of researchers and company technicians will help visitors discover the most advanced research being carried out in Italian research centres and find out how these research efforts have in many cases already led to usable products.

New developments in 2015 include the presence of two CNR Laboratories operating in the field of construction: the Ivalsa Laboratory, Trees and Timber Institute, and the ITC Laboratory, Construction Technologies Institute.

  • Building experimentation station

This station is devoted to technologies for experimentation in the building sector, from in situ structural testing to energy performance testing and measuring instruments. The aim is to illustrate the functions and modes of operation of all equipment required for in-depth knowledge of a new technology or the performance characteristics of a building or for certifying the performance of a new technology. In particular, this includes:
-  field equipment for conducting tests on materials and structures;
-  equipment for real time dynamic and seismic monitoring of buildings;
- equipment for measuring energy losses from buildings;
- equipment for performing in situ and laboratory acoustic tests;
- equipment for topographical and building surveys (laser scanners, satellite GPS, fotogrammetry)

  • International and post-graduate training

The purpose of this station is to illustrate the key role of the new study courses of top Italian universities in providing students with the international-level technical knowledge and experience needed to apply for jobs at major international design or construction groups. In some of these courses, more than 50% of the students take part in an overseas study experience. These advanced study courses are carried out in cooperation with the centres taking part in the Research Area and can be classified as:

  • International degree courses with Dual Degree programmes
  • Postgraduate Master’s Courses
  • International PhD courses

At a dedicated desk staffed by researchers, visitors will be able to find out about the various courses and the opportunities they offer and view the profiles of Italian and international students who currently have prestigious job positions worldwide.

These are the 20 international study courses present at SAIE:
-Rome La Sapienza - Dual degree programme Italy –USA - H2CU Centre
-Unibo – International Degree in Civil Engineering, Dual Degree with Columbia University and Miami University
-Unibo – International Degree in ERE Earth Resources Engineering, Dual Degree with Columbia University and Miami University
-Unibo – International Degree in Historic Building Rehabilitation, Dual Degree with Tongji University, Shanghai
-Unibo – Level 2 (postgraduate) Master’s course in Wood Constructions
-UniBrescia – International Degree in Civil Engineering, Dual Degree with Columbia University
-Polimi – Lecco Campus – Degree in Environmental and Geomatic Engineering
-Polimi – Seven Level 2 Master’s courses at F.lli Pesenti school
-UniPD - Level 2 Master’s course – Advanced design of structures and foundations
-UniPi – International Doctorate
-Unina - International Degree in Civil Engineering
-Università di Roma III - Level II Master’s Degree in Design Innovation, Rehabilitation and Control of Structures, Evaluation and Adaptation in Seismic Zones (
-Unibo - Sustainable design: building rehabilitation and urban regeneration (Prof. Tondelli)
-Unina - Erasmus Mundus Master’s degree in Sustainable Constructions under natural hazards and catastrophic events – SUSCOS coordinated by Prof. Landolfo (;; – contacts: 
-Master in Emerging Technologies for Construction coordinated by Prof. Giorgio Serino ( contact:
-Master in Design of Steel Structures coordinated by Prof. Antonello De Luca (



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