ANALYSIS AND CONSERVATION OF EXISTING STRUCTURES
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Knowledge and understanding capabilities:
At the end of the course, the student will have a wide and critical view on the methods and techniques for the knowledge of historical architectural heritage and of its conservation status, as well as of the instruments for its restoration and strengthening, in connection with the current cultural debate.
At the end of the course the student will be able to identify all the metrological, material, structural, pathological aspects which characterize a historical building and to assume the mas a base for the design of its restoration and strengthening.
The student will have to develop the capability of evaluating critically, also through suitable structural analyses, the conservation status of a historical building, identifying the most suitable techniques for the specific case, looking for an equilibrium between conservation, safety and functionality. Moreover, the student will be able to interpret and assess the quality of any restoration and strengthening design.
During the course, the student will improve its correctness of speech, with specific reference to the technical terms of restoration, in order to communicate in an effective and precise way a restoration design.
The materials and the techniques for the restoration and strengthening of historical building change continuously. Therefore the student must be able to select, once the problem has been identified, the most suitable intervention, even evaluating options not specifically explained during the course.
It is useful to have attended the Restoration course, as the basic knowledge of restoration theory and construction characteristics of historical buildings are taken for granted in the course.
It is also useful to have attended the course of Structural Mechanics (Tecnica delle Costruzioni), as we take for granted some basic topics such as the evaluation of actions on buildings and the design of structural elements.
Finally, it is useful to have knowledge of CAD programs (Autocad type), spreadsheets (Excel type) and multimedia presentations (e.g. Powerpoint).
Course contents summary
The course is organized in two modules: one regards the general issues of architectural restoration and the strengthening and seismic protection of historical structures (restoration and strengthening); the other module is focused on the issues of quantitative assessment of the structural safety of existing buildings (assessment of structural safety).
Both modules include a theoretical part and an applied one.
A far as the detailed issues faced by the two modules are regarded, you can refer to the specific programs.
The applied part foresees the conservation, restoration and strengthening design of a real historical building (not necessarily enlisted). In the first period, the students will make surveys (divided in groups) on their case studies, in order to acquire the knowledge level needed to define the interventions, later designed in detail, in order to simulate realistically an actual design process.
- Rodolfo Antonucci, Restauro e recupero degli edifici a struttura in muratura. Analisi e interventi sul costruito storico, Maggioli Editore, 2012 (available in a the 2009 version at the Biblioteca di Ingegneria e Architettura, coll. ARC4 0316)
- “Linee guida per la valutazione e la riduzione del rischio sismico del patrimonio culturale” (downloadable at the sit of Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali: http://www.beniculturali.it/mibac/export/MiBAC/sito-MiBAC/Contenuti/Avvi...)
- AA.VV, Manuale del Restauro Architettonico, Mancosu editore, Roma 2001.
- S. Mastrodicasa, Dissesti statici delle strutture edilizie, Hoepli, Milano 1989
- A. Giuffrè, Letture sulla meccanica delle murature storiche, Roma, 1988.
- E. Benvenuto, La scienza delle costruzioni e il suo sviluppo storico, Sansoni, Firenze 1991.
- Giuriani Ezio, Consolidamento Edifici Storici, Utet Tecnico, 2012, ISBN: 9788859807636
- G. Tampone, M. Mannucci, N. Macchioni, Strutture di legno: Cultura, conservazione, restauro, Edizioni De Lettera, Milano 2002.
More didactic material (AVAILABLE ON THE COURSE’S WEB SITE):
The course consists of a series of frontal lessons, also with the help of Powerpoint presentations, and reviews of the project.
During the course, also some seminars with external lecturers will be held, to inspect more deeply specific issues.
For the project, students will be divided into groups of 2-4 people, Each group will develop the project of restoration and consolidation of a historic building and will be followed by the teacher through a series of revisions during the course. The reviews are carried out in groups by analysing the material printed on paper by the students.
Assessment methods and criteria
During the year, reviews are planned with the teachers to verify the project. These intermediate moments of audit, although they have no direct connection with the final mark, are still essential to demonstrate the successful attendance of the course.
The verification of the integrated course of "Analysis and conservation of existing structures" will take place individually in oral form and will consist of:
1) discussion of the project (50%), which must be given to the teachers before the exam date
2. oral examination on the entire program carried out during the year, relating to:
- theoretical part of consolidation (Restoration and Consolidation module): 25% of the total mark;
- Theoretical part of the structural safety assessment (Structural safety assessment module): 25% of the total mark.