Who we are

Who we are

The HMS (Historical and Masonry Structures) group was created in 1996 at the University of Minho and its major research interests are related to survey, monitoring, assessment, repair and strengthening of historical structures, including non-destructive testing, experimental characterisation of constitutive laws, development and implementation of constitutive laws in the fields of cracking, plasticity and damage mechanics, long term behaviour, and numerical analysis.

The HMS group has developed a long-term relationship with several Universities in Europe and overseas, which have been allowing the establishment of many joint research programs (funded by the European Commission) and educational projects, as the Erasmus Mundus masters course in Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical Constructions.

Positions are opened every year to interested students in carrying out a PhD dissertation in the field of historical and masonry structures. If you have a good academic record and feel attracted by our research, please contact us for further information.

What we do

The HMS research group acts at all levels related to historical and masonry constructions namely inspection, advanced testing and modelling, assessment and strengthening, and combining top level research, specialized consultancy and product development for the industry.

The group has been organising a series of conferences, mainly in the area of Cultural Heritage protection. The group successfully attracted more than forty sponsored industry contracts in the area of historical buildings, including advanced modelling and non-linear analyses, inspection and diagnosis, as well as strengthening design projects.

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