GovTech Challenges

How to identify damage to historic buildings and carry out preventive maintenance through digitisation?

The Centre for Cultural Infrastructure is looking for a digital solution to identify damage to historic buildings based on the examples provided and to provide recommendations for preventive maintenance work.


  • The owner of a historic site has a duty to maintain the cultural heritage site and its grounds, to repair defects in a timely manner, and to protect the buildings from the adverse effects of the environment.
  • In the context of this obligation, guidance must be given to the managers and maintainers of cultural heritage sites as to how this maintenance of historic buildings should be carried out in an efficient and appropriate manner, without damaging the value of the structure.
  • Raising public awareness of preventive building maintenance would, in the long term, lead to the preservation of more immovable cultural heritage and historic buildings, reduce the need for funds for their management, and enable managers to identify physical damage to the objects themselves and to take the necessary action in time.


  • The solution should identify physical damage to real cultural heritage, historic buildings or other structures (e.g. monuments, etc.) in photos uploaded by the user. Adequate accuracy will be considered if the pilot version of the solution is able to identify the type of damage to a historic building with an accuracy of at least 65%.
  • The solution should identify the type of damage to the building by giving the name of the damage, a description of the damage, the reasons for the damage, a description of the damage to the object, and recommendations to the user on how to properly manage the identified damage.
  • The solution should be designed to continuously provide more accurate, complete and higher quality results as new data is generated.

Prizes for participants

Prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners:

  • 1st prize – 4 600 EUR (the prize is awarded upon conclusion of a solution development service contract)
  • 2nd prize: 3 500 EUR
  • 3rd prize: 2 500 EUR


The first prize winner will be awarded a service contract for the development of a pilot version. The contract shall be for a fixed amount of 42 400 EUR.

Additional information

Deadline for receipt of projects or applications: 22-09-2023, 15:00
Proposals must be submitted by electronic means only, using CVP IS.

For a detailed description of the challenge and the call for projects, please consult the Central Public Procurement System (CVP IS).


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