|MONITORING OF HISTORIC HERITAGE – CASE STUDY OF KING JOHN’S LIBRARY (BIBLIOTECA JOANINA) OF UNIVERSITY OF COIMBRA
Professor Alfredo Manuel Pereira Geraldes Dias (Vice-Rector of University of Coimbra, Portugal)
This communication presents a case study on the assessment and monitoring of the performance conditions of a historic building, the King John’s Library (Biblioteca Joanina) of the University of Coimbra. The presented research is based on a set of continued long-term projects that have being developed with the aim of providing a clear insight into the building performance, necessary as management tool for its suitable maintenance and conservation. The paper starts with a presentation of the historic background together with a brief description of the heritage, namely in what concerns its architecture and function. This description is followed by a discussion on the objectives and methodologies used in the research. A summary of the obtained results is presented, followed by their discussion in terms of the library performance, particularly the risks for conservation and the some measures already adopted for their solution or mitigation. The communication ends with a number of proposals for future developments and final remarks, based on the results and analysis previously presented.
Alfredo Dias is Professor at Civil Engineering Department from the University of Coimbra. He received his graduation in 1997, in Civil Engineering from University of Coimbra. In 1999 received his Master degree on Structural Analysis from the same University. In 2005 received is PhD degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Delft, in The Netherlands.
His research interests are related to the structural application of wood-based products. His main area of work is the mechanical performance of Timber-Concrete Composite Structures.
He is the convener of the national subcommittee group SC5 – Eurocode 5 Design of Timber Structures from the National committee CT115- Structural Eurocodes. At International level is nominated to the European subcommittee CEN\TC250\SC5 – Eurocode 5, being the convenor of the WG2 – Composite Timber Structures from the same subcommittee. He is deeply involved in the development of the new generation of the Eurocode 5. He was the convenor from the Project Team SC5.T2 – New part for Eurocode 5, which developed a proposal for a Technical Specification for the design of Timber-Concrete Composites.
Has been responsible for the creation of the Forest Innovation and Competence research centre –SerQ whose activity is focused on the knowledge and technology production and transfer to wood sector, being in the last 5 years member of the board of directors.
From 1st of March 2019 is Vice-Rector from University of Coimbra, being responsible for the Heritage, Building and Infrastructure area