The first two days of the week were dedicated to module 7th (Diagnosis), which started at the end of the week 6 of SC17. We finished the field tests (water absorption and thermo-camera recording) and then we prepared the results of the two days spent on site and we gave a presentation of them.
On Wednesday Module 8 started focusing on Conservation treatments. Guy Devreux and Rita Reale (Stone Conservation Laboratory at the Vatican Museums) lectured on Problems related to Bio-growth on Historic buildings and Stone consolidants; both lectures were followed by trials on site with very interesting results, that will be monitored by Inah from now on.
On Thursday David Odgers (accredited conservator and consultant to English Heritage, Building Conservation Research team and to Historic Royal Palaces) gave a brilliant lecture on Principle and methods of cleaning stonework; lecture followed by three very interesting case-studies:
- The conservation and restoration of the Sun temple at Ed Dur. An interpreted intervention. Umm Al Quwain – United Arab Emirates (by Simon Warrack)
- Bernini Colonnade (St Peter square – Vatican City). An open air laboratory (by Guy Devreux)
- St Paul Cathedral. Internal cleaning (by David Odgers)
Friday morning it was spent on planning the practical work to be done on the following week. We were divided in groups and my group was assigned a portion of Structure I at Chicanna Archeological site. By the following Wednesday our Survey report and treatment proposal has to be submitted. We started to survey our case study and plan the non-invasive tests we would need to undertake. In the afternoon more great lectures on Pinning and dowelling by Guy Devreux and on Emergency and preventive interventions by David Odgers.
On Saturday David Odgers gave exhaustive lectures on Non-hydraulic lime binders; Artificial and natural hydraulic lime binders; Aggregates and mixing.
In the afternoon, we ended week 8 with Building exercise with lime mortars and Pointing and grouting demonstration.
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