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Building Technologies Laboratory

BT Lab

Lab full name
Building Technologies Laboratory
Research Activities

The Research Laboratory of Building Technologies is a structure of the DICATECh Department engaged in activities and research projects offering qualified technical support to professors and researchers of the Politecnico di Bari. The Laboratory, with certified personnel, offers applied research and transfer services to the territory technology also through agreements with companies and public and private bodies. The Laboratory of Building Technologies carries out activities in the field and in the laboratory aimed at analyzing the performance of building components, the study of building diseases, monitoring of confined spaces and the energy diagnosis of buildings, offering advanced solutions for maintenance, storage and recovery of existing built heritage, with particular attention to the protection and enhancement of Cultural Heritage.

Contact Person
Technical Staff
Rocco Rubino
Companies and Institutions
Agenzia Regionale per la Casa e l'Abitare - Puglia Centrale
B.Re.D. - Building Refurbishment and Diagnostics srl
Ferramati srl
Polo Museale della Puglia
Instituti i Monumentev e të Kulturës “Gani Strazimiri’ (Albania)
Municipality of Bari
Polishape3D srl
Politecnico di Milano
Puglia region
Universiteti Politeknik i Tiranës (Albania)
Univerzitet Crne Gore Podgorica (Montenegro)
"3D-IMP-ACT - Virtual reality and 3D experiences to IMProve territorial Attractiveness, Cultural heritage, smart management and Touristic development" (Interreg Ipa Cbc Italy-Albania-Montenegro 2018)
"VERBuM – Virtual Enhanced Reality for Building Modelling" (INNONETWORK 2018)
"Contactless diagnostic system by augmented reality for buildings with high cultural value and low accessibility" (MIUR "Start Up" 2014);
"Methodological framework for assessment of energy behavior of historic towns in Mediterranean climate" (Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Puglia 2013);
- Investigation of materials, decay, crack and damp patterns, particularly for the built heritage, by means of advanced digital diagnostic techniques;
- Assessment of masonry structures and stone elements by integrated systems of diagnostic tests, including sonic and ultrasonic testing, single and double flat-jacks, bore-hole drilling, reconstruction of stratigraphy, water-content measurements, video-endoscopy, qualitative active and passive thermography, high frequency radar scanning for 3D tomography;
- Assessment of vaults and slabs by integrated systems of diagnostic tests, including visual inspection, video-endoscopy, radar scanning, magnetometric testing, ultrasonic testing, qualitative active and passive thermography, bore-hole drilling, reconstruction of stratigraphy;
- Investigation and assessment of underground structures, foundations and anthropic caves by radar scanning at different frequencies and digital reconstruction of stratigraphy and/or 3D tomography;
- Assessment of reinforced concrete structural elements by integrated systems of diagnostic tests, including rebound-hammer testing, ultrasonic testing, SonReb correlation technique for estimating the onsite mechanical resistance, assessment of the concrete carbonation, measurements of the corrosion potential in the rebars, magnetometric testing;
- Assessment of timber elements by integrated systems of diagnostic tests, including resistograph techniques, ultrasonic testing, high frequency radar scanning, visual inspection;
- Analysis of energy performances of building components, including thermographic radiometric mapping, onsite thermal transmittance measurement, advanced modelling for dynamic simulations;
- Indoor microclimate monitoring by measurement of relevant environmental parameters, including air temperature, relative humidity, radiant temperature and velocity, as well as heat flux, surface temperature and lightening;
- Measurement, monitoring and analysis of deformations, cracks and vibrations by multi-sensors reading units, including strain gauges, electric extensometers, LVDT, seismic accelerometers, advanced modelling for dynamic simulations.
Address / How to reach us
The Building Technologies Laboratory is located in the DICATECh Department on the third floor of the Geology and Geotechnical building. Quagliariello Campus, with access from via Re David and via Orabona.
from Monday to Thursday (10 a.m. - 1 p.m.), by appointment to be agreed by contacting the technical manager