Exploring the use of image processing to survey and quantitatively assess historic buildings

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Abstract

Before architectural conservation takes place, a survey is conducted to assess the condition of the building and estimate the cost of the work. For façades, scaffolding is erected so that experts can access the building’s whole extent and gather data for analysis. This paper presents the results of a collaborative and cross-disciplinary research project aiming to automate data capture and analysis techniques for conservation of stone façades. Our research demonstrates the feasibility of a new methodology for the survey and assessment of historic buildings and will facilitate frequent surveys with minimal disruption to the general public in cities. The project has embedded architects’ expert knowledge into intelligent algorithms for automatically analysing images of facades. The combination of technologies allows for an efficient data capture while minimising the requirement for manual data analysis as well as more accurate estimates of its cost.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStructural Analysis of Historical Constructions: Anamnesis, Diagnosis, Therapy, Controls
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 10th International Conference on Structural Analysis of Historical Constructions (SAHC, Leuven, Belgium, 13-15 September 2016)
EditorsKoen Van Balen, Els Verstrynge
Place of PublicationBoca Raton
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 16 Aug 2016
Event10th International Conference on Structural Analysis of Historical Constructions - KU Leuven University Halls, Leuven, Belgium
Duration: 13 Sep 201615 Sep 2016
https://kuleuvencongres.be/sahc2016

Conference

Conference10th International Conference on Structural Analysis of Historical Constructions
Abbreviated titleSAHC 2016
CountryBelgium
CityLeuven
Period13/09/1615/09/16
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Keywords

  • architectural conservation
  • building condition
  • architectural surveying

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