Innovation In Structural Investigation


The Church of the Saints Peter and Paul is a dominating Romanesque structure built in Famagusta, Cyprus in the 12th Century. The Church building was significantly altered, with external buttresses added, as it took on a new role as a mosque later in the 14th Century.

GBG were called upon to provide an integrated package of Measured Building Survey (MBS) and Non Destructive Evaluation (NDE) to enable a comprehensive assessment of the current form and condition of the structure, which is located in the heart of a seismic zone and therefore presents a safety risk to the many visitors that pass through on a daily basis.

A large team of engineers and surveyors using their technical skills and expertise carried out the survey work in March 2008 using a combination of High Definition Surveying (HDS) Laser scanning, Photogrammetry and conventional hand measurement; with instrument control GBG delivered a full set of 2D as-built drawings, integrating rectified photography for the NDE component of the survey which was carried out concurrently.

NDE included the use of Impulse Radar, Metal Detection and Dynamic Impedance, specifically to allow for the internal assessment of the structure and to confirm the general arrangement and condition without damaging the historic fabric.

This combined Assessment approach provided all the information required for the Conservation Team, which included Engineers, Archaeologists, Conservators and Architects, to understand the mechanisms of the building and to compile an appropriate and effective conservation plan.

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