A Systematic Approach for Large-scale, Rapid, Dilapidation Surveys of Historic, Masonry Buildings

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Title: A Systematic Approach for Large-scale, Rapid, Dilapidation Surveys of Historic, Masonry Buildings
Authors: Clarke, Julie
Laefer, Debra F.
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/4121
Date: 16-May-2012
Abstract: Dilapidation surveys may require extensive resources to achieve detailed accounts of damage for intervention purposes or may involve only limited resources but be restricted to an extremely rapid assessment (e.g. post-earthquake, life-safety inspection). Neither provides a holistic, cost-effective approach for evaluating the general health of a large number of structures, as is needed for urban planning, historic designation determination, and risk assessment due to adjacent works. To overcome this limitation, index images are introduced for a systematic approach for rapidly conducting large-scale, dilapidation surveys of historic masonry buildings. This method, the University College Dublin Inspection Method (UCDIM), is tested against both a detailed inspection and an alternative rapid approach to determine accuracy and resource intensiveness through its application by three inspectors of various levels of experience to six buildings in the city centre of Dublin, Ireland. The UCDIM provided a damage ranking of ρ = 0.94 for all inspectors, regardless of experience, except when painted or rendered façades were included. The UCDIM, when compared to detailed inspection provided a high level of reliability, cost savings of approximately 90% and several months of time savings since interior access was not required.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Copyright (published version): 2012, Taylor and Francis Group
Keywords: Historic;Masonry;Buildings;Dilapidation;Survey;Condition;Assessment;Urban;Planning;Risk
DOI: 10.1080/15583058.2012.692849
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Civil Engineering Research Collection

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