Monitoring of the Royal Butchers of Medina del Campo

IoT (Internet of Things) Technology applied to the study and conservation of Historical Heritage.

The Royal Butchers of Medina del Campo is a unique historical building, a Renaissance market that illustrates the town’s wealth and power in the sixteenth century.  It was built to provide meat to the populous city of Medina del Campo during the Spanish Golden Age. Inside, the building, with a rectangular floor and a sloping roof, is divided into three naves like a lonja, through arches of tuscan columns that support the brick wall, lightened by a succession of recessed arch vaults made of bricks placed edgewise, acting as a ventilation system between the naves.  Classified as site of Cultural Interest, it currently continues to serve as the town market to the city of Medina del Campo.

The challenge:

The last intervention carried out in this singular building took place during 2016, ending in the first months of 2017, and resulting in the complete restoration of the monument and the corresponding urban space.  A perimeter cavity wall is also incorporated to protect the construction from the action of moisture.

Systratec is commissioned to continuously monitor the thermo-hygrometric conditions inside the cavity wall, as well as three interior points that featured old cracks previously restored.

The solution:

During the restoration, Systratec has installed in the building the following equipment:

  • Two high-precision thermo-higrometric monitoring points in two separate locations within the perimetral cavity wall, that send their measurements via the internet to Systratec’s cloud.
  • Three crack monitoring points with linear displacement sensors in each of them, that send their measurements to our big-data using the building’s WiFi network.

Live monitoring.

The data sent to our cloud are received and processed in real time by our cloud server, identified and stored in our big-data system.  The alarm conditions of the installation (absolute limit thresholds and maximum relative variations) are also checked in real time by automatically sending an e-mail to the addresses configured for this purpose.

We also provided our customer with a web tool that allows them to consult and download all measurements made by the different sensors.

 

The result.

After the monitoring has been put into operation, the two objectives are covered: to obtain up-to-the-minute information about the cavity chamber performance and to unattended and continuously monitor the structural integrity of the building.

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