ABOUT OUR XRF SPECTROMETER

Built Environment Evolution uses a hand-held XRF Spectrometer, technology that allows our team to assess and date historic building materials with unparalleled accuracy and with immediate results. An XRF Spectrometer uses X ray fluorescence for elemental analysis of the constituents of the materials, which can then be used to date the materials, reveal sequences of construction, reveal past repairs and treatments, match materials in kind,  and provide the basis for specifications for restorations. Traditional lab analysis requires samples to be physically removed from the site and sent to a laboratory for analysis, requiring a wait for results of days or weeks. By using the Portable XRF Spectrometer, site visits are made most efficient, and our team can actually assess the results in real time. This makes construction patterns apparent to an experienced conservator, and additional testing can be undertaken immediately should the results require it. This means that Built Environment Evolution can provide our clients the most accurate results in a timely and cost effective manner, often with a savings of half to a third of traditional testing costs.

TYPICAL MATERIALS FOR XRF SPECTROMETER EVALUATION

STONE

  • Identification
  • Match In-Kind 
  • Identify An Original Quarry Location
  • Patterns Of Construction
  • Areas Of Deterioration
  • Patterns Of Chloride And Sulfide Infiltration
  • Areas Of An Applied Treatment, Treatment ID

BRICK 

  • Identification
  • Match In-Kind 
  • Identify An Original Brick Manufacturer 
  • Patterns Of Construction
  • Areas Of Deterioration
  • Patterns Of Chloride And Sulfide Infiltration
  • Areas Of An Applied Treatment, Treatment ID

CONCRETE

  • Identification
  • Match In-Kind 
  • Patterns Of Construction
  • Areas Of Deterioration
  • Patterns Of Chloride And Sulfide Infiltration
  • Areas Of An Applied Treatment, Treatment ID

TERRACOTTA

  • Identification
  • Match In-Kind 
  • Identify Pigments Of The Original Glazing
  • Patterns Of Construction
  • Areas Of Deterioration

METAL

  • Identification
  • Match In-Kind 
  • Identification Of Inclusions
  • Patterns Of Construction
  • Areas Of Deterioration
  • Areas Of An Applied Treatment

PAINT

  • Pigment Identification
  • Match In-Kind 
  • Patterns Of Construction
  • Areas Of Deterioration
  • Areas Of An Applied Treatment, Treatment ID

PLASTER

  • Identification
  • Match In-Kind 
  • Patterns Of Construction
  • Areas Of An Applied Treatment

WOOD

  • Areas Of An Applied Treatment
  • Deterioration of Applied Treatments

SOILS

  • Identification
  • Identification Of Inclusions
  • Areas Of An Applied Treatment