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Urban Modelling Group (UMG) 

Abstract: The Urban Modelling Group (UMG) is based in the UCD School of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at University College Dublin. Professor Debra F Laefer heads this group and it formed in 2006 to bridge the efforts of the architectural heritage community and those of practising engineers by introducing, adapting, and generating new technologies to help safeguard built urban heritage.

  • Urban Modelling Group (UMG) [Host institution] (UCD School of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering)– Pioneering technologies to manage and protect built heritage in urban settings

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Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland : UCD Library, University College Dublin
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In light of rapid increases in both urbanisation and subsurface construction, architectural heritage faces an unprecedented level of threat from tunnelling, adjacent excavation, blasting, dewatering, and vehicular vibration. To address these threats, Laefer’s group of 14 researchers (three postdocs, ten doctoral students, and one master’s student) comprise three teams: remote sensing, computational modelling, and technology development (currently focused on 3D printing).
The main thrust of the current work is the EU-funded ERC project RETURN: Rethinking Tunnelling in Urban Neighbourhoods. The goal of that project is to create a completely automated pipeline from aerial laser scanning to city-scale computational modelling.
Sutdy area
The study area consists of a portion of Dublin's city centre for which an underground railway system has been proposed. The initial portion of the railway route will be tunnelled beneath this region which currently holds nomination for UNESCO World Heritage Status (Figure 1). This region contains a high number of historic buildings, with the majority of this region forming an Architectural Conservation Area and roughly half of all buildings classified as a protected structure by Dublin City Council.
The majority of structures are terraced masonry dating from Dublin's Georgian period (1720-1840), as well as buildings from later in the C19th. Four-storey structures predominate, many with a single basement level. These mainly consist of terraced masonry buildings which, in the past, formed the bulk of Dublin's domestic architecture. Nowadays however, the majority of these buildings are commercial spaces, with shop fronts at the ground level. Brickwork appears to be the predominant building material, whilst cut ashlar and stone appears to dominate more prominent buildings, often ecclesiastical or public in nature. In the past, the majority of these buildings formed the bulk of Dublin's domestic architecture. However, today the majority have commercial/retail/business usage, according to Dublin City Council.
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University College Dublin. UCD Digital Library http://n2t.net/ark:/87925/drs1.ucdlib.32999
Urban Modelling Group (UMG) web site
Urban Modelling Group (UMG)
European Research Council
Science Foundation Ireland
Environmental Protection Agency (Ireland)

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