DB-Heritage – DataBase of building materials with historical and heritage interest

Archive of building materials with historical and patrimonial interest – LNEC.

The project DB-Heritage brings forward the information and historical value of the constituent materials as a strategy of research and development.

The characterization of the materials and of their conservation state are fundamental steps for the elaboration of recommendations regarding the intervention plan and the materials and techniques to be applied in conservation and restoration interventions, in particular the historical and architectural heritage. There is a large amount of scattered information about the physical, chemical and mechanical characterization of materials, and on their forms of decay and conservation needs. 
Documenting and preserving materials data is important both to fulfill researcher’s needs and to obtain social benefits concerning the related educational and historical value.

Aims of DB-Heritage:

  • The construction of a repository of historical materials and the availability of reference samples;
  • The development of an IT-tool for systematic recording of data relating to the history, properties and performance of materials;
  • Develop more efficient ways of using materials and methods for their conservation and restoration.

Leader: National Laboratory for Civil Engineering (LNEC)

Partners: University of Évora and University of Aveiro

UNESCO Chair team members: Filipe Themudo Barata

Funding source:  FCT (PTDC / EPH-PAT / 4684/2014)

Duration:  2016-2019

Homepage: http://db-heritage.lnec.pt/index_en.html