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Building Scan aarchibald 11/10/2010
I may have to go do a structural building scan. The building is 80-90 years old and is made up of primarily a stone wall with structural beams encased within and then a few layers of brick and the some stone on the inside. In total the wall is roughly 2 feet thick. Well it was recently reported that there were some structural damage to the building (school). And the Department of Education wants to find out if the building was built to spec and to see if the steel beams and colums are there. I was wondering what conditions would have to be present to detect if the steel beams/columns are there
Re:Building Scan Gary Orlove 11/30/2010
This is one of those try it and see applications. Due to the mass of the walls, probably your best bet would be to try and capture the structural beams under transient temperature conditions.

Set up a camera and record an image every 15 to 30 minutes for a 24 hour period for which you have clear skys (night and day) and low wind. Ideally you want sunshine to heat the walls during the daytime.

Then review the images to see if anything pops up for structural details.

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