Monumental Restorations

by Paolo Angeloni, Head of Site and Territorial Engineering Section; ISMES Spa, Bergamo, Italy,
P. P. Rossi, Sr. Coordinator; Monumental Restoration and Rock Mechanics Engineering, ISMES Spa, Bergamo, Italy,
M. Vavassori, Head of Instrumentation and Monitoring Systems Section; ISMES Spa, Bergamo, Italy,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1997, Vol. 67, Issue 2, Pg. 36-38

Document Type: Feature article


Modern nondestructive field surveys and state-of-the-art static dynamic monitoring systems provide important information for historical renovations while ensuring that the structure remains unharmed. Historical structures link mankind to its artistic and cultural past. It is important that they be preserved as closely as possible in the state in which they were constructed. This is not easy to accomplish. Structural and construction details are rarely known. Information about design and construction schemes is hard to find, as are clues to centuries-old modifications made because of a change in the structure's use or to repair damage. It is necessary to perform a number of studies and tests to understand structural behavior mechanisms before and after even the most minor renovations.

Subject Headings: Structural behavior | Renovation | Information systems | Historic buildings | Construction management | Surveys (non-geomatic) | Structural dynamics

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