CE2 Masonry consolidation techniques for the repair of historic buildings and structures

9 March 2018
Charlestown Workshops, Fife

This workshop is the follow on course from CE1 Introduction to lime based mortars and traditional materials for the repair of civil engineering structures and covers two major techniques for consolidating masonry structures, namely grouting (with a liquid mortar) and concealed crack stitching. These are techniques that may be applicable for the repair of masonry arch bridges, culverts, tunnels, lighthouses, viaducts, canals, harbours, retaining walls, piers and other masonry structures which contribute so much to the richness of our heritage.

This one day workshop focusses on remedying voids in traditional masonry buildings and structures in a sympathetic manner using traditional lime and natural cement bound mortars in liquid form to enable grouting. Techniques of crack stitching (for dormant cracks) will also be addressed using a variety of methods and materials to suit the various scenarios that might occur in heritage buildings and structures. This workshop is a mix of theory and practical hands-on work.

Course suitability

This course is suitable for Structural and Civil Engineers and their Technicians including those that look after our roads and railway networks, contractors working on unprotected masonry structures and ruins and custodians of our industrial heritage. This course may also be of interest to Architects and Building Surveyors dealing with ruined structures and buildings.

Learning outcomes

  • Recognising common types of failure in masonry construction;
  • Understanding masonry unit construction in solid walls and the role of mortars;
  • Identifying voids in structures and buildings;
  • Diagnosis of cause of voiding in masonry structures and buildings;
  • Principles of grouting;
  • Planning a grouting scheme to achieve 100% fully filled voids;
  • Designing grout mixes with and without additives;
  • Identifying dormant cracks in masonry structures and buildings;
  • Diagnosis of cause(s) of cracking in masonry;
  • Crack stitching with mortar and stone;
  • Crack stitching with concealed embedded stainless steel reinforcement.

Course outline

  • Health and safety issues
  • Principles of historic masonry construction including the role of mortars
  • Common types of failure in traditional masonry structures and buildings
  • Diagnosing the causes of voiding and cracks in historic masonry
  • Principles of grouting to fill voided structures
  • Designing grout formulation with and without additives
  • Planning a scheme of grouting
  •  The dos and don’ts of grouting
  • Practical exercise in executing a scheme of grouting
  •  Identifying dormant cracks in masonry
  • Practical exercise in stitching cracks with stone and mortar
  • Practical exercise in stitching a crack with concealed stainless steel reinforcement

If you would like to book a place on this course, please clickhere, email admin@scotlime.org or call on 01383 872722.