STRUCTURAL FORENSIC ENGINEERING
Our team of highly competent, skilled, and trained, structural forensic engineers have the aptitude and knowhow to assess structural issues. Our engineers are experienced servicing multi-level commercial buildings, industrial structures, residential, bridges and civil structures.
Our forensic engineering service focuses on post-construction issues, requiring expert advice and remediation. In conjunction with our other engineering disciplines, we offer a comprehensive suite of reports, advice, and expert testimony.
Our forensic engineering team offers a step-by-step structural assessment of post-construction issues, through the process of observing structural defects, structural capability, and reliability, considering the current condition/status, and offering remedial work recommendations.
RC Engineering offers three stages of assessment. We will consult with, and advise our potential client, to help them choose which stage best suits their post-construction problem.
The assessments are:
Stage 1. Structural/Building Defects Investigation & Reporting.
Our defect reports target building defects, building movement, ground movement, water ingress, and leaking. In our commitment to deliver high quality comprehensive reporting, we use drone technology to extend our visual reach, and investigate the structure in critical inaccessible areas.
In this first stage, the client will receive building defect mapping and reporting, and remedial work recommendation(s).
Stage 2. Structural /Building Detail Investigation & Reporting.
This investigation is a continuance of Stage 1. The client will receive a detailed, comprehensive report on each defect, thus reinforcing the Stage 1 technical report.
Our engineers and technicians use structural non-destructive evaluation (NDE), and non-destructive test (NDT) methods to conduct further observation. Our team uses high-end technology tools to investigate the structures, thereby enabling detailed reports, analysing the current structure’s capability and reliability reporting. This methodology allows our engineers to offer precise structural observations without any physical impact to a structure.
The Tools We Use:
- Rebound Schmidt hammer to measure concrete strength.
- X-ray, and Ultrasonic concrete radar to measure concrete crack depth, investigating honey combing, and detecting steel reinforcements.
Stage 3. Structural capability and reliability check based on current condition, and final permanent remedial work recommendation.
This stage is the final step. Our engineers use the recommendation(s) and technical reports from stages 1 and 2 to analyse the structures current defect. They then complete a comprehensive technical examination, including loading capacity check, and structural lifetime period analysis, based on current structural defects.
Once completed, the client receives a comprehensive report of the structural capability and reliability, based on current defects/current structural condition, and final permanent remedial work recommendation(s), to rectify structural defects.