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1 Patrick Robson
Structural Appraisal of Traditional Buildings
Donhead Publishing Ltd; Hants, UK; 2005; 1873394683 / 9781873394687; First Edition; Hard Cover; Brand New; Brand New; 
This book is 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. Before damage to a building can be remedied, the investigator has to discover the cause as well as predict the possible effects of the damage. This book provides an important study of the analytical skills necessary to achieve this. Practitioners in this field have no codes of practice or standards to fall back on – there are few formulae or theories for the deduction of structural problems – but there are methods for examining and analysing the damage which will help to produce the correct appraisal. Patrick Robson gives a clear assessment of the techniques involved and provides useful advice on dealing with the problems of diagnosis. He first outlines the principles of investigating safe buildings: how to collect and interpret evidence from observation and knowledge of the common causes of structural damage. This is followed by chapters covering techniques for collecting evidence: desk study, visual inspection, distortion survey, testing and ground investigation. Effective interpretation is of course vital and many practical examples are offered including complex cases where the investigator has inadequate evidence or damage is sudden. Appraisal can benefit from a period of monitoring, so methods for measuring movement and damage progression are also included. Finally the author explains investigators’ liability for their work and how to manage that liability. Contents: Introduction Principles: safe structures Causes of damage: superstructure Causes of damage: shrinkage and expansion Causes of damage: deterioration Causes of damage: ground movement The influences of foundations Desk study Visual inspection Distortion survey Testing Ground investigation Interpretation Masonry buildings Timber frame and earth walling Inadequate information Sudden damage Monitoring Managing liability Conclusion Glossary Further reading Index Printed Pages: 224 with numerous b/w illustrations. 008296

Price: 95.00 USD
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2 Patrick Robson
Structural Repair of Traditional Buildings
Donhead Publishing Ltd; Dorset, UK; 1999; 1873394683 / 9781873394687; First Edition; Hard Cover; Brand New; Brand New; 
This book will be of interest to everyone involved in the repair, maintenance and refurbishment of traditional buildings. Its purpose is to promote the successful structural repair of masonry, timber and unfired earth. The book begins by explaining how traditional structures work and how they are affected by the behaviour of the soil that supports them. It goes on to explain how the structural design of buildings has to cope with uncertainty. Techniques for doing so are well established for new buildings, but the viewpoint changes when existing buildings need to be repaired or refurbished. The most common sources of structural damage are listed. The more serious and progressive ones are described in detail, as an aid to diagnosis and prognosis. An understanding of prognosis enables repairers to decide whether urgent intervention is necessary or whether the problem can be allowed to run its course. A straightforward method is proposed for arriving at the most suitable remedy. Several typical repairs are illustrated. The book covers many allied topics, including the principles of conservation, health and safety and preventative maintenance. A chapter is devoted to the special needs of insured perils. Contents: Introduction Part I Basics: Structural behaviour; Soil behaviour; Uncertainty and performance; Conservation; Health and safety; Diagnosis. Part II Defects: Causes of structural damage; Below ground defects; Ground floor defects; Loss of equilibrium; Movement; Fire; Chemical attack on concrete; Deterioration. Part III Options: Purpose of repair; Foundations; Ground floors; Timber; Masonry; Weak materials; Restraints. Part IV Management: Preventive maintenance; Planning and conducting work; Insured perils; Law; Surprises. Appendix: Risk assessment, health and safety. Further reading Index Printed Pages: 320 with numerous b/w photographs and line diagrams. 008271

Price: 90.00 USD
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