Heritage Property: Decay and Prevention
Learn about causes of decay in heritage property and documentation of heritage property in this free online course.
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This course explains how external causes of decay affect the sustainability and longevity of historical structures. You will learn how natural disasters have caused decay in heritage property over the years. You will also learn about external factors like heat causes expansion and contraction of historic buildings. This course explains how improper disposal of rainwater causes deterioration in ancient structures.
This course then explains in detail the Bell tower of Pisa and its significance over the years in Italy. You will learn how external factors like wind and rainwater has contributed to the decay of some parts of the Bell tower of Pisa. You will also learn about the York minster which is the second largest Gothic cathedral of northern Europe.
This course then explains the steps taken to reduce the effect of decay in heritage property. You will learn about the principles and the factors governing foundation behaviour of heritage property. You will learn about the conservation of stonework masonry and brickwork. You will also learn about best practices to employ to prevent decay of heritage property and proper conservation of heritage property.Start Course Now
Decay in Cultural Property
Decay in Cultural Property - Learning Outcomes
Causes of Decay in Cultural Property
Documenting Heritage Properties
Decay in Cultural Property - Lesson Summary
Documenting, Investigation and Conservation of Historic Structures
Documenting, Investigation and Conservation of Historic Structures - Learning Outcomes
Documenting Heritage Properties - A Demonstration Example
Investigation and Conservation of Historic Structures - Case Study 1
Investigation and Conservation of Historic Structures - Case Study 2
Conservation of Historic Structures Maintenance and Repair
Documenting, Investigation and Conservation of Historic Structures - Lesson Summary
Upon suceesful completion of this course:
- Explain the concept of decay
- Identify the common threats to historic structures and sites
- Discuss the external causes of decay
- Explain the biological and manmade causes of decay
- Explain how heritage properties are identified
- Describe the resistance to gravity by a sound structure
- Explain rain and wind as external causes of decay in buildings
- Describe the action of frost, snow and ice
- Explain the biological and botanical causes of decay in buildings
- Describe why the leaning tower of Pisa is known worldwide for its unintended tilt
- Explain the causes of the tilt and proposed solutions to correct the tilt of the leaning tower
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