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Assessment of heritage timber structures: Review of standards, guidelines and procedures

Riggio, M; D'Ayala, D; Parisi, MA; Tardini, C; (2018) Assessment of heritage timber structures: Review of standards, guidelines and procedures. Journal of Cultural Heritage , 31 pp. 220-235. 10.1016/j.culher.2017.11.007. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper reviews the official documentation (standards, guidelines and procedures) available for the assessment of heritage timber structures. The subsequent discussion does not catalogue all relevant technical literature. Instead, it intends to convey the state of background knowledge, recommendations and code rules using some illustrative examples. A specific focus is given to visual inspection as a fundamental first step for all different scopes and levels of assessment. The objectives of this review are to: (1) highlight the gaps and limitations in the currently available tools as well as the need for standardization; (2) contribute to the definition of an ontological approach, relating the scope of the assessment, information required and necessary procedures, (3) identify guidance for the different scopes of the assessment. The variety of timber species, architectural typologies and structural solutions, together with the varied response of these structures to climatic and other natural and man-made hazards, warrant a multifaceted and integrated assessment methodology that accounts for the hierarchical nature of timber structures behaviour and the multitude of agents affecting such behaviour. A review of existing standards and guidelines illustrates the need for a tool to consistently record the assessment process and the final decision taken, which will serve to constitute the knowledge base for the development of the next generation of more integrated and heritage specific guidelines.

Type: Article
Title: Assessment of heritage timber structures: Review of standards, guidelines and procedures
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.culher.2017.11.007
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.culher.2017.11.007
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Heritage timber structures, Assessment, Standards, Guidelines, Visual inspection
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Civil, Environ and Geomatic Eng
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10072176
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