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Structures and Construction in Historic Building Conservation




Structures and Construction in Historic Building Conservation

Michael Forsyth (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-69114-4 April 2008 Wiley-Blackwell 248 Pages



This book is the second in a series of volumes that combine conservation philosophy in the built environment with knowledge of traditional materials, and structural and constructional conservation techniques and technology:
  • Understanding Historic Building Conservation
  • Structures & Construction in Historic Building Conservation
  • Materials & Skills for Historic Building Conservation

The series aims to introduce each aspect of conservation and to provide concise, basic and up-to-date knowledge for architects, surveyors and engineers as well as for commissioning client bodies, managers and advisors.

In each book, Michael Forsyth draws together chapters by leading architects, structural engineers and related professionals to reflect the interdisciplinary nature of conservation work. The books are structured to be of direct practical application, taking the reader through the process of historic building conservation and emphasising throughout the integrative teamwork involved.

This present volume – Structures & Construction in Historic Building Conservation - traces the history of structures in various materials and contains guidance on the survey, assessment and diagnosis of structures and the integration of building code requirements within the historic fabric.

It discusses conservation engineering philosophy, exposes the conflict between building codes and conservation legislation, and offers solutions. Leading-edge, on-site metric survey techniques are described and a range of structural advice is given, including methods of repair in relation to philosophical principles. Causes of induced movement in historic buildings are explained, together with basic soil mechanics and the assessment and diagnosis of structural failure. Chapters also cover the conservation of different types of construction: masonry, iron and steel, and concrete and reinforced concrete.

Fourteen chapters written by the experts present today's key issues in structures and construction for historic building conservation: Bill Blake, Michael Bussell, David Cook, Dina F. D'Ayala, Steve Emery, Michael Forsyth, Ian Hume, Peter Norris

Preface vi

Contributors viii

1 What is conservation engineering?
Dina F. D'Ayala and Michael Forsyth 1

2 The philosophy of conservation engineering
Ian Hume 12

3 The Building Regulations and related legislation
Peter Norris 19

4 Metric survey techniques for historic buildings
Bill Blake 41

5 Investigating, monitoring and load testing historic structures
Ian Hume 64

6 Basic soil mechanics, foundations and repair of settlement damage
David Cook 82

7 Effects of induced movement
Michael Bussell 111

8 Repairs to historic structures
Ian Hume 140

9 Numerical modelling of masonry structures
Dina F. D'Ayala 151

10 Use of iron and steel in buildings
Michael Bussell 173

11 Conservation of concrete and reinforced concrete
Michael Bussell 192

12 Fire safety and historic buildings
Steve Emery 211

13 The effects of road traffi c vibration on historic buildings
Ian Hume 223

14 Scaffolding and temporary works for historic structures
Ian Hume 226

Index 232

* gives key information in each area with where to go for more detailed guidance
* strong focus on engineering and craft solutions
* offers a comprehensive overview of a multi-disciplinary area to encourage disparate groups of professionals to work more closely

* full colour throughout