Assessment of Historic Masonry
ODB specializes in the technical evaluation of historic load bearing masonry. We have years of experience assessing a variety of structures, ranging from typical retaining walls and tunnels to iconic bridges and buildings with complex 3D vaulted geometry. We have experience assessing structures made from a range of materials, including stone, brick, adobe, tile, and terracotta.
Using advanced structural modeling, we have the capability to assess stability and safety under seismic loading, settlement, or modified loading due to reuse/renovation. We also have experience quantifying capacity and evaluating the risk of collapse after significant damage, cracking, or deterioration.
In general, we attempt to find reserve load capacity which cannot typically be found using conventional analysis methods. If intervention methods are necessary, we recommend historically sensitive solutions.