One of the many tasks we commonly undertake at BellMont Façade Engineering, is remedial and diagnostic inspections. You may be wondering ‘but what does that actually mean?’ In short, it is an in depth investigation on defects present within a building/site, where we will then consult on potential solutions to the problem. But there’s a bit more to the process then it would first seem. So we’d like to take this opportunity to let you know what you should expect when an engineer is inspecting.
Firstly, you should expect us to actually be there onsite, so it’s important to make sure that occupants are also available to provide access. It may seem like an obvious one, but it’s important to remember, that access arrangements are followed through on.
After we’re there, you can expect us to undertake our initial investigations of the building/site. This initial inspection will involve us assessing what potential defects are present. During this time we will be liaising with whomever is in charge, asking questions such as the buildings age, for structural drawings, when was it last inspected, etc. It’s important for an engineer to gather as much information about a building as they can, as this will allow for a comprehensive analysis of the situation, therefore leading to better directions on remediation.
After we have conducted our inspection of the project, we’ll return to our offices and look over our site notes, assess all of the data we have at our disposal and write an analytical report. This report will contain a detailed list of defects present, our opinions on the cause(s) of them, as well as suggested actions for remediating the identified issues. Some defects can be dangerous and need to be attended to before others, we will also mark these out clearly for clients to see, so they know what needs attention the quickest.
During our assessment of defects, we also have to determine not just a theoretical solution to the issues at hand, but one can be implemented practically and successfully. This involves us running simulations and calculations on wide number of potential materials to do the job. The results of these simulations and calculations will dictate the final solution, whereon a technical specification will be supplied as part of the solution.
During the construction phase of the project, we would also supervise the project with regular inspections, also reviewing and considering payment claims and variations from contractors.
At the end of a project, we will also issue a certificate of practical completion, assuming all work has been satisfactorily completed to specifications.
Some suggestions we have in order to be properly prepared, is to:
If you have need for an inspection to be performed, contact us and talk to BellMont Facade Engineering about how we can assist you.
Buildings are amazing structures, but sometimes even they crack under pressure…literally. While not all cracks require repairs they are definitely not an issue to crack up about as they can lead to serious structural issues if left untreated. Luckily, we are here to help with everything you needed to know about cracking.
Cracks are signs of release for a structure with built up stresses that assist contractors and engineers to identify the areas of weakness for the structure, so they know where to begin their rectification work.
While circumstances such as age and environment do affect how often a building should be inspected, we recommend that strata managers have their buildings inspected at least once every five years to ensure that they are in a sound and liveable condition.
Age plays a huge part in determining how often a strata building should be inspected. Both newly built and older buildings should be assessed regularly. Newer buildings should be inspected regularly to ensure that any defects identified can be rectified as early on as possible and similarly older buildings, which are prone to longer term deterioration issues should be inspected regularly to ensure that material failures do not result in the creation of hazardous environments. Early detection of any condition affecting the structure or amenity of the building is developing, allows an engineer to assess and recommend measures to rectify and conserve the building element.
Heritage buildings are of particular interest with regard to regular assessments and Bellmont are highly skilled in this field having worked on some of Sydney’s most prestigious Heritage structures.
If you are a manager or owner who wishes to have your building inspected by a professional, the team at BellMont would be more than happy to assist! You can get in contact with us below.
Balconies and awnings are critical elements of a building that require regular checks. If these components of a structure go unchecked and are not certified by professionals, they can put not only tenants, but pedestrians and other community members at risk.
As of recent times, local councils have been encouraging owners to get in contact with qualified engineers to test and certify their balconies and awnings to ensure that they are structurally adequate to deal with the loads and conditions imposed over the next five years. This mainly applies to buildings over five years old, as many buildings after this period tend to get to a point where they begin to deteriorate and become quite dangerous.
It is suggested that owners have their balconies and awnings certified every five years to ensure they are structurally sound. These inspections and certifications are strongly recommended to owners of structures over-hanging public areas such as footpaths and roads, as they endanger not only the owner but members of the community.
Here at BellMont we possess the engineering expertise to undertake inspections and certifications of balconies and awnings. If you are concerned with the condition of your balcony or awning, you can get in touch with us by clicking the button below. Let us help put your mind at ease!