Emerging digitisation trends in stonemasonry practice

S. McGibbon, M. Abdel-Wahab

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Stone forms a major component of Scotland's pre-1919 building stock. Current
governmental policy and conservation guidelines stipulate that high quality repair and maintenance should be carried-out without compromising the building’s historical features whilst minimising the impact on the natural environment and providing value for money. Addressing these challenges requires investment in new technologies and calls for innovative practice. Therefore, this paper examines digitisation trends in the heritage sector,
which includes: Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS), Infra-Red Thermography (IRT), and Historic Building Information Modelling (HBIM). Such trends have the potential to revolutionise stonemasonry practice of historic buildings by providing accurate sitesurveying and diagnosis of the building condition for informing the development of appropriate method statements for repairs. Moreover, these technologies can provide Quality Assurance to ensure that the repairs have been carried-out to the required standards. Raising awareness of the current digitisation trends is essential for shaping and informing
curriculum development in Further Education (FE) colleges. Demonstration projects thus become paramount for showcasing the application of digital technologies in a live project environment along with its accrued benefits.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationScience and art: a future for stone
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 13th international congress on the deterioration and conservation of stone
EditorsJohn J. Hughes, Torsten Howind
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781903978559
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventThe 13th International Congress on the Deterioration and Conservation of Stone: Science and Art: A Future for Stone - George A. Clark Town Hall, Paisley, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 Sep 201610 Sep 2016
Conference number: 13


ConferenceThe 13th International Congress on the Deterioration and Conservation of Stone
Abbreviated titleSC16
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • digitisation
  • laser scanning
  • stonemasonry
  • repair
  • maintenance
  • skills development


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