Structural issues are often closely linked to building performance and conservation. This may include ground water behaviour, large scale movement within the building structures or very small scale movement within historic artefacts themselves.
Successful research in this area with practical conservation outcomes requires a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach and Tobit Curteis Associates has extensive experience working closely with associated building professionals, including structural engineers, architects, surveyors, materials scientists and hydrogeologists to investigate and monitor structural issues associated with the conservation of historic buildings and artefacts.
Structural monitoring is generally carried out as part of a wider programme of environmental monitoring, allowing correlation between multiple data types, for instance thermal patterns throughout a building with dimensional change within the structure, to provide a more holistic view of the historic building than is generally possible.
Tobit Curteis Associates does not analyse building structural data but provides raw data directly to the project engineer to allow specialist interpretation to be undertaken and incorporated within the overall research outcomes.