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Historic Preservation and Conservation

University of Pennsylvania

Building information modeling

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Cataloging Built Heritage: Methods Of Recording Unit Masonry For The Future Of Historic Preservation, Lauren Shaughnessy Jan 2015

Cataloging Built Heritage: Methods Of Recording Unit Masonry For The Future Of Historic Preservation, Lauren Shaughnessy

Theses (Historic Preservation)

There is a discrepancy between standardized and infield practices for documenting historic structures—from the surveyor’s intention of interpretation to how the project team chooses to adapt alongside a constantly evolving technology-dependent environment. A successful restoration project relies on comprehensive documentation and active communication among the entire project team including conservator, architect, engineer, contractor, (AEC), and client. If there is instability in creating a common language and method of disseminating information across these parties, the project suffers.

The published literature on documentation techniques does not fully represent the work of practitioners on projects, specifically for unit masonry restoration. Recording ...


Building Information Modeling And Historic Buildings: How A Living Model Leads To Better Stewardship Of The Past, Haley West Van Wagenen Jan 2012

Building Information Modeling And Historic Buildings: How A Living Model Leads To Better Stewardship Of The Past, Haley West Van Wagenen

Theses (Historic Preservation)

This thesis examines an alternative way of documenting historic buildings through the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM). By creating a model that responds to real-time data updates and serves as a central repository for information about a building, owners, operators and preservation professionals can better monitor conditions within a building and plan for its future. A model can catalogue every element and assembly, providing an inventory of the building’s parts. By assigning phases to past building campaigns, professionals gain a better understanding of a site’s chronology. Simulation of energy and water consumption assists professionals in becoming stewards ...