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Categorisation of building data in the digital documentation of heritage buildings

Categorisation of building data in the digital documentation of heritage buildings

Khalil, Ahmed ORCID: 0000-0003-2078-7122 , Stravoravdis, Spyridon ORCID: 0000-0003-2078-7122 and Backes, Dietmar (2020) Categorisation of building data in the digital documentation of heritage buildings. Applied Geomatics, 13 (1). pp. 29-54. ISSN 1866-9298 (Online) (doi:

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The documentation of heritage buildings is the preliminary action to deal with any problem related to the built heritage. The procedure of documentation requires a very diverse range of data (quantitative and qualitative) to be obtained and investigated in order to produce an accurate digital representation of the building. This type of work of data capture and interpretation is often conducted in isolation by different stakeholders and for a range of purposes, leading to a lack of communication between different data types, repeated effort and incomplete documentation. Heritage Building Information Modelling (H-BIM) is set to play a key role in the digital documentation of heritage buildings, as it can combine quantitative and qualitative data and facilitate the integration of different stakeholders and specialised data into the digital management of the different phases of dealing with heritage buildings. This paper aims to review the multitude of data types that could be included in the documentation and investigation process of the built heritage, in order to assess the breadth and depth by which heritage buildings can be documented. Four main categories that span the whole documentation data areas are being suggested which vary from outer geometry surveys, to subsurface materials and structural integrity investigations, to data concerning the building performance, as well as the historic records concerning the building’s morphology over time, which can help to create a more in-depth knowledge about the heritage building’s status and performance and can create a solid base for any required restoration and retrofitting processes.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Digital documentation; Heritage buildings; Digital twin; H-BIM; History; Geometry; Pathology; Performance
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
T Technology > TH Building construction
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Design (DES)
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2021 12:28

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