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We are an engineering and architecture studio specialized in historical structures. The object of our studies and investigations have been, fundamentally, the masonry structures, which gives us very specific knowledge about arches, bridges, vaults, domes and walls. We have the necessary tools to know with a high degree of precision the real behavior of brick masonry structures, stone mills, wood, mud walls or a combination of them.

We offer consulting services specialized in the structural analysis of historical heritage. We carry out a diagnosis of pathologies, and after the analysis and calculation phase, we issue a treatment proposal. Our proposals include concrete designs and solutions that respect the authenticity of the property and preserve compatibility in terms of techniques and materials.

Our experience and calculation capacity have allowed us to develop a specific monitoring system for historical buildings. The system uses wireless and connected sensors that monitor different structural and environmental parameters in real time. According to the principles of IoT technology, the data is collected, sent and analyzed continuously in order to know the behavior of the structure in an updated way.

Vault Zafra Team

The Vault Zafra team is made up of professionals specialized in the different areas of the company's activity, led by Dr. Manuel Fortea Luna, a world-wide expert in factory structures, recognized both for his numerous publications and for his teaching activity.

  • Architecht. Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Sevilla (1978)
  • Doctor in Letters. History. Specialization in Art History. Universidade de Coimbra (2002)
  • Doctor of Engineering from the Universidad de Extremadura (2013)
  • Professor of the Escuela Politécnica de la Universidad de Extremadura. Construction Department.
  • Guest Profressor to the Universidades de Pamplona, Alcalá de Henares, Politécnico de Valencia, Universitá degli Studi de Firenze, Instituto Superior Técnico de Lisboa y Columbia University de Nueva York.
  • Dean-President of the Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Extremadura from 2003 to 2009.
  • Member of Consejo Superior de los Colegios de Arquitectos de España, from 2003 to 2009.
  • Member of the Asociación Sostenibilidad y Arquitectura (ASA) as a founding member 2008.
  • Member of the Consejo Asesor en asuntos concernientes al Patrimonio Artístico, Histórico y Documental del Monasterio de Santa María del Valle de Zafra (Badajoz) from 2007.
  • Member of the Comité nacional Español de ICOMOS (Consejo Internacional de Monumentos y Sitios) from 2007.
  • Academic of PARTAL (Asociación Libro de Profesionales de la Restauración Arquitectónica) from 2006.
  • Member of the Sociedad Española de Historia de la Construcción from 1997.
  • President of CICOP.NET España from 2012.
Análisis estructural de bóvedas de fábrica. La eficacia de la geometría.

Masonry structures (arches, vaults, domes) suffer from marginalization in the academic and professional world due to the boom, power, and extension of steel and concrete structures. This book offers a new vision of masonry structure behavior, showing that i...

Bóvedas de ladrillo. Proceso constructivo y análisis estructural de bóvedas de arista.

The book contains a detailed description of the vault construction processes without centering, in timbrel vaults of spiral and in their behavioral or structural analysis. The second part of the book contains a set of tables for different types of vaults...

La Iglesia de la Magdalena de Olivenza. Modelo del Gótico portugués.

The goal of the thesis the the comprehension of an architectural work “La Magdalena de Olivenza” seen through the eyes of an architect, revealing the catalog of decisions, variations, and problems that have to be addressed. A vision broken into ...

Bóvedas extremeñas. Proceso constructivo y análisis estructural de bóvedas de arista.

The book contains a detailed description of the vault construction processes without centering, in timbrel vaults of spiral and in their behavioral or structural analysis. The second part of the book contains a set of tables for different types of vaults...

Origen de la Bóveda Tabicada

The study and analysis of timbrel vaults is an elusive topic. Difficult to explain, difficult to find its origins, difficult to predict its behavior, or difficult to analyze its operating. This publication goes deeper into the search for its origins.

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