Print Email Facebook Twitter The use of MDDS in the visual assessment of masonry and stone structures Title The use of MDDS in the visual assessment of masonry and stone structures Author van Hees, R.P.J. TNO Bouw en Ondergrond Publication year 2008 Abstract The use of expert systems in building practice and more specifically systems meant to mitigate the effects of decay and damage to buildings belonging to the cultural heritage is a quite recent development. MDDS, the Monument Damage Diagnostic System, is an expert system originally developed within an EC-research project for the diagnosis of damage to ancient (brick) masoffy structures. An important feature of this system is the support it offers in the visual assessment of buildings in masonry and stone. For this goal MDDS cont¿ins an extensive damage atlas, as well as background information on decay processes. Assessing the building on a regular basis with the help of the system makes the system in fact a powerful monitoring tool. It can thus serve as an instrument for preventive conservation to be used by organizations like Monument Watch. MDDS is regularþ updated with new knowledge and adapted to meet the needs of users like Monument Watch and University students. With the updates its applicability goes beyond evaluating masonry. A first outline is currentþ under construction for a new section of the system, conceming the crack pattern survey of structural damages in masonry buildings and the interpretation of their causes. Subject Materials To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:00eced1e-330b-478e-81cf-33a58d5e52f1 TNO identifier 331737 Source Proceedings of the 1st Rilem Symposium on Site Assessment of Concrete, Masonry and Timber Structures, Sacomatis, Varenna (Italy), September 2008, 1-10 Document type conference paper Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.