Simtrec: Heritage Masonry Structure Preservation
Canada’s most iconic and historic structures in Ottawa are in the process of a major rehabilitation effort. Simtrec is preparing a proposal for the replacement of conventional masonry anchors with Fibre Reinforced Polymers (FRP).
SMT provided sensors and electronics to track the moisture and temperature transfer through stones subjected to extreme temperature and physical stress tests.
The analysis performed by Simtrec are designed to test the robustness and longevity of the revolutionary FRP material embedded in a wide variety of stone specimens taken from the Parliament Buildings and stone suppliers.
Embedded Moisture Sensor
Differential Wall Pressure
Condensation on Glazing Unit Detection
Relative Humidity sensor
Simtrec produced a paper titled Moisture Levels in Stone Masonry using Duff Gauges. Download Abstract of Paper No. 473
SMT collaborated with the University of Manitoba to study the Freeze-Thaw Durability of Anchor Materials in Heritage Masonry Stones. The paper was presented at the 2nd International Structures Specialty Conference. Download Paper.
Design and Construction in cooperation with:
Simtrec, University of Manitoba