1st Edition

Structural Appraisal of Traditional Buildings

By Patrick Robson Copyright 2005
    408 Pages 150 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Structural appraisal is important to professionals concerned with the repair, maintenance or refurbishment of traditional buildings. It involves recognizing and establishing the cause of any structural damage and, if the damage is still active predicting its course. Such knowledge forms the basis for appropriate and efficient action. This book offers a comprehensive guide to the common causes of structural damage. It examines the techniques for collecting evidence including desk study, visual inspection, distortion survey, testing and ground investigation as well as offering advice on managing liability. Each appraisal is unique. A wide range of investigative techniques are described covering most of the circumstances that are likely to occur in practice. The second edition has been substantially re-written and includes more than 150 diagrams illustrating the main principles. There is additional material on; structural behaviour; initial appraisal; building types; use of iron in buildings; and the problems that occur with buildings built on clay.

    Preface; Part I Introduction to appraisal: Principles; Structural behaviour; Types of building; The early use of iron; Types of foundations; Dating buildings; Part II Damage: Superstructure; Shrinkage and expansion; Deterioration; Ground movement; Part III Methods of Investigation: Desk study; Initial appraisal; Visual inspection; Distortion survey; Testing: above ground; Testing: below ground; Monitoring; Part IV Interpretation: Causes and indicators; Masonry and earth; Timber frame; Enhancing information; Part V Special Issues: Houses on clay; Sudden damage; Managing liability; Conclusions.


    Patrick Robson