The WTA

Objectives of the WTA

Our international association has set itself the target of supporting research and its practical application in the field of building maintenance and monuments preservation.

It is also one of our main objectives to process practical knowledge and experience, and to make it usable, thus speeding up the application of new insights and modern technology.

To do justice to the international dimensions set by the framework of scientific and practical dialogue, the WTA develops suitable means of communication and acts as a reliable interface for the ongoing flow of information.

Tasks of the WTA

The WTA e.V. has set itself the task to support research and its practical application in the field of building maintenance and monument preservation, and to disseminate practical knowledge, thus enhancing the application of new findings and modern technology. To achieve these objectives, we seek to establish an intensive dialogue between researchers and practitioners. The WTA realises the tasks by

  • hosting expert dialogues, seminars and conferences
  • working out and publishing guidelines on current topics by specifically appointed workgroups
  • organising, co-ordinating and evaluating round-robin tests, and publishing the results
  • Editing of a WTA journal and publishing reports on recent research findings and conference proceedings
  • Creating a specialised library

Structure of the WTA

To cover adequately the vast field of building maintenance and monument preservation, eight departments have been created to date, which - organised in working groups – deal with current areas of concern. The better part of the work is done by the working groups, which are formed within the departments for specific tasks. The working group gathers and assesses the current state of knowledge and publishes it as a progress report. Resulting new insights are then frequently summarised for practical use and published as guidelines. The WTA meanwhile counts 510 members in different countries. WTA members have also joined together in regional groups. In addition, these regional groups are responsible for the organisation of regional seminars, the adaptation of WTA-findings  to regional conditions and translating guidelines into the national language.