While every project is unique and calls for different action, in most cases a civil engineers job is to offer consultancy services to their clients on site. The engineer will arrive on site and inspect for defects. Once these defects have been identified and documented, they will be compiled into a report alongside recommendations for their repair.
If the client chooses to address these issues, the engineer will help them to do so by gathering quotes. The client will then decide which quote to go with and the construction process begins.
Once the construction period begins, the engineer will oversee the progress of the project and ensure the job is being done to the specification provided prior. When all works have been completed, the engineer will return to the site to complete their final inspection and report. So, now that we know what they do, its important to know what this individual role can offer.
Engineers are problem solvers:
Engineers incorporate science and maths to analyse defects within a structure and produce practical and efficient ways to solve them.
Engineers have excellent time management skills:
Engineers are basically industry chameleons with the skill to adapt their knowledge of their field to any situation or project. With every project being unique and presenting different issues, what engineers do is nothing short of amazing, knowing exactly what the issue is and how to fix it.
Why would I need an engineer?
Now more than ever engineers are in demand and with the introduction of the new strata scheme their role in ensuring a buildings health and sustainability is a necessity. So the question is, for what reasons would you need an engineer specifically and not a builder, architect or other professional in an associated role? Well only engineers can ensure your buildings health and safety by offering their specialist consultancy services in:
- Civil and Structural Engineering
- Concrete Repairs
- Heritage Buildings
- Expert Witness Services
- Project Management
Each associated group has an integral role in the cog that is construction. Architects focus on the aesthetics and planning elements, builders focus on constructing that plan to life and engineers use their expertise to ensure the architects designs and plans are achievable and that the builders carry them out in an effective and sustainable manner.
So I think we can all agree... engineers are pretty amazing hey?
Enquiry after enquiry, inspection after inspection followed by spec after spec. These are the most common building defects our engineers have come across over seventeen years of business.
To learn more about these issues and how to identify them, you can head to the issues index of our site. Alternatively, if you think you’ve already identified these issues in your building and require our assistance, get in contact with us. We’d love to help get your building back in its best condition!
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.