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AR50146: Structural conservation

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 12
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Structural Conservation Report (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To provide an understanding of how structural principles have influenced the evolution of building forms and styles, and the ways in which structural failure can occur in historic buildings.

Learning Outcomes:
To give students an ability to undertake structural surveys, to diagnose structural faults, and to recommend appropriate methods of repair.

* To inspect, analyse and make reports that are intelligible to specialist and non-specialist readers
Professional, Practical:
* To make critical evaluations, cohesive arguments and judgements, and communicate clearly to specialists and non-specialists.
* To operate within the appropriate code of professional conduct, recognising obligations to society, the professions and the environment
* To carry out or commission research, analysis and recording of the historic environment
* To be able to work autonomously and with other professionals to develop strategies appropriate to historic buildings, and to recognise when advice should be sought
These skills are taught, facilitated and assessed.

History of structures - The historical evolution of successful structural models and the relationship of structural principles to the development of architectural forms and styles. Subjects covered include: trusses and roof structures beams vaults and domes, walls, piers and columns.
Survey techniques - A range of on-site survey techniques, including the use of advanced technology systems, to assess the characteristics of materials, to record crack patterns and to relate them to the structural characteristics of the form.
Diagnosis - collating the survey material from all members of the building team in order to assess the appropriate remedial and conservation treatment for the structure.
Repair techniques - the primary role of the designer in conservation is to assess the needs of the building, examine what possibilities are available, and consider the philosophy to be adopted in the repair. In this part of the course the student is made aware of the choices that exist to the designer and the factors that may influence the decision-making process.
Fire prevention in historical buildings - the behaviour of historical structures in fire, and prevention methods available, including the development of low-cost sprinkler systems.
Introduction of services into historical buildings - the role of the services engineer in building conservation in tackling the problems of introducing air handling and other environmental control and monitoring systems into historical buildings.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

AR50146 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.