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CAE Associates' Engineers Present at Dartmouth College

March 19, 2015

On February 9th, CAE Associates' Senior Engineering Managers Michael Bak and Patrick Cunningham presented at The Neukom Institute for Computational Science, as part of the Winter 2015 Donoho Colloqium at Dartmouth College, in Hanover, NH. Pat and Mike joined conservator Carolyn Riccardelli from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, to discuss their collaboration on the reconstruction of Tullio Lombardo's Adam sculpture.

In October 2002, the supporting pedestal collapsed, and Adam fell to the floor, shattering it into 28 large pieces and hundreds of smaller fragments. Adam is widely considered to the most important monumental Renaissance sculpture outside of Italy.  What followed was a multidisciplinary conservation effort, focused on the least invasive way to restore Adam to his original beauty, merging art and science.

CAE Associates worked closely with the Met’s conservators, performing strength analysis of the critical joins of the statue. Using the digital model of the assembled pieces, structural finite element models of the entire statue were created, with particular focus on the left ankle and left knee.  By parametrically defining the pin size and location in the joins, CAE Associates' provided the Met's conservators with a tool that could evaluate the need the for pins as well as determine the optimum number of pins, their size and location.

You can view the entire presentation below: