In accordance with the established dynamics of activities for 2022, a sounding test of the Orlando column and documentation of existing damage by the combined method of 3D laser scanning and photogrammetric measurements are underway.
Previously, in May, regular maintenance of scaffolding and monitoring equipment was performed, and in addition to documenting the damage, a contingency plan was prepared, an ultrasound examination of the stone and a numerical model of the Orlando column.
The dynamics of further conservation and restoration works will be determined after the meeting of the expert team in July this year, and the results will then be presented to the general public.
It should be reminded that the Croatian Restoration Institute, in cooperation with the City of Dubrovnik, the Dubrovnik Conservation Department and the Directorate for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of the Ministry of Culture and Media of Croatia and the Institute for the Reconstruction of Dubrovnik, is working to repair this extremely valuable part of Dubrovnik's monumental heritage.
Activities related to damage monitoring, as a precondition for the rehabilitation and restoration of the Orlando column, began in late 2018 and early 2019, when the documentation of the existing condition was supplemented, and the Orlando column was protected by scaffolding. In June 2019, seven sensors were placed on the pole to monitor the crack expansion. At the beginning of 2020, a meeting of the expert team was held in Dubrovnik to determine further access to the issue of existing damage.