Monitoring leaning of Alhadba minaret

Muthanna Journal of Engineering and Technology

Volume (2), Issue (1), Year (30 June 2013), Pages (38-45)


Research Article By:

Rasheed Saleem Abed

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Alhadba minaret in Mosul is one of the oldest islamic monuments with its surprising curvature, height and old age of over 800 years. During the past 50 years there was a considerable amount of leaning in the minaret due to various natural and human causes. The amount of leaning was generally increasing but there was no unified or fixed control that is referenced from various monitoring groups. This paper describes the effort to design and implement a monitoring system that can be referred in the future. Fixed control points and targets have been worked. Samples of monitoring results are presented. These measurements compose a complementary part of the data collection effort required for a major preservation project that is proposed to be conducted in the future.

Keywords: Al-Hadba, leaning monitoring, heritage preservation.

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