Japanese Expert Research Mission to the Borobudur Temple on 12 – 19 December 2012 Funded by the Federal Republic of Germany
As part of the ‘1st Stage Restoration/Conservation Work at the Borobudur Temple Compounds’ project, UNESCO – in close collaboration with the Borobudur Conservation Office – invited a structural engineer from Japan, Dr. Ichita Shimoda, to the Borobudur temple to undertake research to ensure its long-term preservation. This activity, starting from 12 to 19 December 2012, was made possible thanks to a continued generous contribution from the Federal Republic of Germany.
The objective of his mission is to continue the study on technical diagnostic analysis and the state of structural security of the Borobudur Temple. Dr. Shimoda participated in the previous technical assessment mission in Borobudur in June 2012. Throughout the six-day research period, Dr. Shimoda worked together with staff from the Ministry of Education and Culture’s Borobudur Conservation Office (BCO). Around eleven staff shadowed him to learn more about structural monitoring system and also to assist him with the measurement process.
Dr. Shimoda carried out a series of on-site experiments of the temple to ascertain future preservation activities. These experiments included installation of stone displacement monitoring and photogramentary device, and structural movement monitoring by the total station. He was also given the chance to investigate the temple’s under-floor drainage systems to determine whether the temple was draining rainwater effectively. Towards the end of his mission, Dr. Shimoda together with BCO staff conducted angle point monitoring with the total station as a new method to evaluate the displacement of the temple.
In addition to these activities, on 15 December 2012, Dr. Shimoda visited 6 sites in the Prambanan Temple Compounds in Yogyakarta, accompanied by government staff from BCO and Central Java & Yogyakarta Heritage Conservation Office, to compare the sites’ structures and restoration works with the Borobudur Temple.