Research

Building conservation requires that construction work be minimized.  When changes to a structure are occuring, The Building Code of Canada requires that buildings be safe for their intended use.  Combining these two requirements necessitates an expert level understanding of how historic buidlings were originally intended to function.  Meeting these two requirements also often demands innovative solutions to solve difficult problems.  Heritage Standing Inc. is always involved in building conservation research to ensure old building owners can conserve their buildings practically and economically.

Our two current areas of research are structural health monitoring and photogrammetry as applied to the structural evaluation of historic buildings.  We use these techniques to reduce risk and costs, and to track structural changes over time.

 

Selected Publications

Morrison, T., 2021, Application of the building code to existing buildings – background, objectives and interesting tricks, Accepted to CSCE 2021 Annual Conference

Morrison, T., Burrill, S., 2020, Structural Health Monitoring of a Historic Warehouse & Church: Theory and Practice of Diagnostic Approaches Used to Control Costs, Accepted to SAHC 2020 Conference, Barcelona

Morrison, T., 2018, What Contemporary Engineers Can Learn from Old Buildings, Canadian Society for Civil Engineering 2018 Annual Conference Proceeding, Fredericton, GC27

Morrison, T., Sparks, P., 2016, Lateral Reinforcement of Wood Frames Using a Rope Loop, accepted to the SAHC 2016 Conference – not presented due to travel constraints

Percy, K., Ward, S., Santana Quintero, M., Morrison, T., 2015, Integrated Digital Technologies for the Architectural Rehabilitation & Conservation of Beinn Bhreagh Hall & Surrounding Site, Nova Scotia, Canada, ISPRS Annals of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, Volume II-5/W3, 2015, pp. 235-241

Caruso-Juliano, A., Gallagher, A., Morrison, T.E., Rogers, C.A., 2014, Seismic performance of single storey steel CBF structures constructed in the 1960s, Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, Volume 41, Page 579-593, July 2014

Gaudreau, K., Mirza, S., Morrison, T., Munroe, E. Climate Change and Canada’s Infrastructure. Canadian Civil Engineer. Vol. 22, No. 3; June 2005