New Technologies for Preservation Architecture

Session Title: New Technologies for Preservation Architecture
Educational Track: Innovation
Session Code: FR0719
Date: Friday, October 18, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

A common assumption is that “Preservation is too expensive.” How can we correct this general misconception, to preserve both our architectural heritage and the embodied energy in existing buildings? And how can we gather information about existing building conditions more accurately and efficiently? 

This session will illuminate ways in which the costs of preservation can be controlled and more accurately predicted, thanks to the advent of new technologies and more accessible data-gathering network-connected platforms. 

The presenters will show the audience ways to minimize the guesswork on estimating repairs to existing buildings, as well as provide clearer direction to the contractor in the field. Much of the information that will be provided in this session will be of interest to those in the architectural profession who are dealing with existing structures, whether historic or not.

Learning Objectives: By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize information on data-gathering and networking techniques that can be used on existing buildings, including customized apps, sUAS and GPS routing software,
  • Visualize information-gathering technology for existing buildings to determine non-viewable conditions including non-destruction elevation systems, e.g. ground-penetrating radar, infrared surveys, and matter,
  • Utilize techniques for overlaying this data-gathering technology to more effectively, efficiently and accurately develop preservation reports and construction documents,
  • Strategize methods for gathering and managing data, communicating the information gathered and working collaboratively with multi-disciplinary professional teams.

Content Leaders:

Annabelle C. Radcliffe-Trenner, AIA

President and Founder, Historic Building Architects, LLC, Trenton, NJ

Ronnie Cameron

Senior Architectural Designer, Historic Building Architects, LLC, Trenton, NJ