Arches, Vaults & Domes – Masonry

The AVD Masonry course is a practical, hands-on week in which trainees study constructive principles and techniques, and build various types and scales of arches, vaults and domes. The course focuses on the use of Compressed Stabilised Earth Block (CSEB) as a building material and vault construction methods developed by AVEI (e.g. the Free-spanning technique). Students comfortable with the academic level often take the AVD Theory course in tandem with this one.

Eligibility: All skill levels are welcome (e.g. engineers, architects, technicians, supervisors, masons, students and laymen).

Duration: Six day course; Classes from 8:30am to 6:15pm.

Course content:
- Construction principles for building Arches Vaults & Domes
- Building various arches with centring
- Building various vaults without centring (learning basics)
- Building various vaults without centring (creative work)
- Building various domes without centring

Building various types of arches
 
Building various types of arches
 
Semicircular and segmental arches
Enjoying the strength of a segmental arch
Enjoying the strength of a segmental arch
Building a corbelling segmental vault with the Nubian technique
Building various domes
Building a hemispherical dome
Building a hemispherical dome
Building a pointed dome
Building a segmental dome
Building a conical dome
Building a cloister arch dome
Building a squinche dome
Building various domes
Building on site a pointed octagonal dome
Building on site a segmental - conical vault
Building on site a segmental vault
 

Building various types of arches
 

Testing a segmental arch
 

Testing the strength of a pointed arch
 
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