Documentation Data: The Platform for Condition Analysis and the Basis for Preservation Project Planning

WS4–Sunday and Monday, October 26 & 27

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Workshops will be in French and English simultaneously interpreted and/or English with bilingual assistance as needed.

WS4—Documentation Data: The Platform for Condition Analysis and the Basis for Preservation Project Planning SOLD OUT! Waiting list only
Sponsored the APT Technical Committee on Documentation,
Leica and ICOMOS/ISPRS Heritage Documentation Committee (CIPA)
7:15–4:30 Sunday, October 26
7:45–4:30 Monday, October 27

In rehabilitating important existing structures, it is important to begin by fully and accurately gathering data on geometry and current conditions. Documentation data forms the platform for condition analysis and the basis for engineers and architects to design and implement through execution and final construction. Elements of particular interest include understanding of walls/assemblies, mapping structural deformations and building systems (using laser scans and photogrammetry), in-situ hygrothermal and pressure data across building assemblies, and conditions of concealed elements.

Participants in this workshop will be able to ensure successful rehabilitation by accurately assembling current site and building data. The facilitators will emphasize the latest technologies and demonstrate current tools being used for survey and NDI (Non-Destructive Investigation). The tools of MBS (Measured Building Survey) and NDI form the foundation for evaluation and development of important existing structures. Geared toward mid-career professionals involved with all aspects of the care and development of significant and historic structures, this workshop will provide information how to assemble an  effective data strategy to fit short- and long-term project needs. It will include classroom discussion and hands-on experience in the field using latest technologies for obtaining the information and data critical for project planning, analysis, and diagnostics.

The facilitators will explore with the participants the range of MBS and NDI tools, from high to low tech. how laser scanning is revolutionizing data collection. and the tools enabling analysis and design of the building envelope. They will also touch on how BIM (Building Information Models) is being used in the paradigm.

This two-day workshop will be held at the Redoute Dauphine and the Nouvelles Casernes (Artillery Park and New Barracks), which will provide hands-on experience with historic stone construction. The data collected will be offered to Parks Canada for its possible use.

Learning Objectives
1. Identify the tools available for Measured Building Survey (MBS) and Non Destructive Evaluation (NDE).
2. Identify project specific multi-discplinary (archeological, structural, architectural, materials conservation, etc.) objectives and requirements to which the MBS / NDE program must respond.
3. Plan and design  effective MBS / NDE strategies for multiple tool use that respond to objectives and provide comprehensive information about the building assemblies and their condition.
4. Describe best budgeting practices for MBS / NDE that can be applied to any scale of project.
5. Develop and maintain a useful project inventory throughout the project and building life..
6. Describe how to evaluate and chose providers and tools.

Day 1
Morning: Overview and Introduction
  Measured Buildings Survey—Tools + Context + Scanning
  NDE integrated with MBS Analysis
  Technical Photography Applications
Afternoon: Classroom and In the Field Workshop
    Client Review Expectation Challenges Case Study: National Cathedral EDC

Day 2
Morning: NDE Overview
  NDE Classroom and In the Field Workshop
Afternoon: Tools + Data—Standards, Making Choices, Guidelines
  Roundtable Roundup Q+A

Language: Day 1—French and English; simultaneously interpreted
                   Day 2—French and English; simultaneously interpreted
$550–Includes breakfasts, lunches and materials
Hotel and in the Field
Dress Code:
Casual (jeans) with good walking shoes
Recommended Equipment:
Notebook, camera
Maximum attendance:
Handicapped Accessibility: 
Email APT for details
Continuing Education
Credits: 13 hours

Chris Gray
Michael Schuller

Antonio Colantonio, Public Works and Government Services Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Mario Santana Quintero, PhD, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, Canada– 3D scanner – BIM wokshop,
Christian Ouimet, Conservation Technologist, Public Works and Government Services, Ottawa, ON, Canada
James W, Shepherd, AIA, LEED, Director of Preservation and Facilities, Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC, USA and Co-Chair of the APT Technical Committee on Documentation

Additional facilitators have been invited.


Chris Gray, FRICS, Mollenhauer Group, Los Angeles, CA, USA and Chair of the APT Technical Committee on Documentation, is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and an international expert with more than 30 years of experience in the measurement of complicated buildings (many landmark) both in the USA and UK. He specializes in the application of high tech tools, such as laser scanning and photogrammetry to generate accurate 2D and 3D data in CAD and BIM. He has lectured and published extensively. His career includes head of survey procurement at English Heritage, and head of survey at the Getty Conservation Institute.

Michael Schuller, FAPT, former APT Executive Committee Member, is a consulting engineer and president of Atkinson-Noland & Associates in Boulder, Colorado, with more than 20 years of experience, specializing in structural behavior, evaluation, and repair of masonry buildings. He has conducted several research projects for federal agencies and private firms, including investigation of procedures for masonry repair and methods for evaluating in-place masonry. Mike has more than 55 publications relating to evaluation, repair, and structural behavior of concrete and masonry structures and is a co-author of a book titled Nondestructive Evaluation and Testing of Masonry Structures. He received a Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Photo by Claudel Huot


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