Direct Numerical Analysis of Historical Structures Represented by Point Clouds

László Kudela*, Umut Almac, Stefan Kollmannsberger, Ernst Rank

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An important field in cultural heritage preservation is the study of the mechanical behavior of historical structures. As there are no computer models available for these objects, the corresponding simulation models are usually derived from point clouds that are recorded by means of digital shape measurement techniques. This contribution demonstrates a method that allows for the direct numerical analysis of structures represented by point clouds. In contrast to standard measurement-to-analysis techniques, the method does not require the recovery of a geometric model or the generation of a boundary conforming finite element mesh. This allows for significant simplifications in the complete analysis procedure. We demonstrate by a numerical example how the method can be used to compute mechanical stresses in a historical building.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDigital Heritage. Progress in Cultural Heritage
Subtitle of host publicationDocumentation, Preservation, and Protection - 7th International Conference, EuroMed 2018, Proceedings
EditorsEleanor Fink, Raffaella Brumana, Manolis Wallace, Anastasios Doulamis, Petros Patias, Marinos Ioannides, Joao Martins
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9783030017613
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event7th International Conference on Digital Heritage, EuroMed 2018 - Nicosia, Cyprus
Duration: 29 Oct 20183 Nov 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume11196 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference7th International Conference on Digital Heritage, EuroMed 2018

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