Location

Chicago, Illinois

Session Start Date

4-29-2013

Session End Date

5-4-2013

Abstract

Being located in the central Balkan region, the territory of the Republic of Macedonia has a significant historical heritage. The clock tower in city of Prilep, central Macedonia, dates back to the 19th century. With its total height of almost 30 m, it is one of the most remarkable monuments. During its serviceability period, the clock tower has suffered some moderate inclination. The presented study has been focused on geotechnical issues as part of a structural consolidation project for this important historical structure. In the last decade, in the period between 1998 – 2009, an inclination of 39mm was observed on the top of the clock tower. The measurements and monitoring of the Clock Tower have proved a tendency for further inclination. The paper presents the geotechnical aspects of the consolidation project, which mainly consisted of an extensive site investigation involving bore-holing and geophysical measurements, characterization of the foundation structure, site response analysis of the representative geotechnical soil models and investigation of the soil-structure interaction effects through a 3d numerical analysis of the existing and strengthened models of the clock tower. The results have revealed important issues that should be taken into consideration in preservation of historical monuments.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering

Meeting Name

Seventh Conference

Publisher

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

4-29-2013

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 2013 Missouri University of Science and Technology, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Geotechnical Issues in Structural Stabilization of Historical Monument — Clock Tower

Chicago, Illinois

Being located in the central Balkan region, the territory of the Republic of Macedonia has a significant historical heritage. The clock tower in city of Prilep, central Macedonia, dates back to the 19th century. With its total height of almost 30 m, it is one of the most remarkable monuments. During its serviceability period, the clock tower has suffered some moderate inclination. The presented study has been focused on geotechnical issues as part of a structural consolidation project for this important historical structure. In the last decade, in the period between 1998 – 2009, an inclination of 39mm was observed on the top of the clock tower. The measurements and monitoring of the Clock Tower have proved a tendency for further inclination. The paper presents the geotechnical aspects of the consolidation project, which mainly consisted of an extensive site investigation involving bore-holing and geophysical measurements, characterization of the foundation structure, site response analysis of the representative geotechnical soil models and investigation of the soil-structure interaction effects through a 3d numerical analysis of the existing and strengthened models of the clock tower. The results have revealed important issues that should be taken into consideration in preservation of historical monuments.