Iglesia San José, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

ODB was invited for the structural assessment of the main vault of the Iglesia San José, originally built in the 16th century in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Based on drawings, pictures, and dimensions taken from surveys and three-dimensional scans, a series of two-dimensional and three-dimensional structural analyses are used to investigate the equilibrium of the central vault and to calculate the stability of the supporting walls. The goal was to assess the global structural stability of the vault and to quantify the stability of the exterior walls in resisting the thrust of the masonry vault.