When it comes to the different parties that are present at a construction site, it is fairly obvious why contractors and managers are there. However, it isn’t always clear what role engineers play on site. While all projects require different tasks, the following is an example of the general roles undertaken by an engineer on site.
You may imagine an engineer as someone who spends most of their time in an office on a computer drawing up plans and writing reports, however, this isn’t always the case during the construction process.
An engineers role on site begins with the initial inspection of the building which involves identifying issues, assessing the nature of them in relation to the buildings overall health and history and reporting back with solutions to be approved by the client.
Once these solutions have been approved, the engineer will supervise the work undertaken by the contractors from time to time to ensure that the job is carried out to specification, on schedule and within the budget. The engineer will also work to ensure that the plans on paper created prior meet the work that is being carried out.
As the project continues the engineer will manage the project and can offer solutions for unforeseen issues should they arise. When all works have been finalised, the engineer will conduct an inspection and review of the building and ensure that the client is satisfied with the structural condition and aesthetic of the building.
Once the client confirms they are happy with the final product, the engineer will head back to the office to write their final reports and get stuck into the next exciting project!
Now that you know the role of an engineer on a construction site, why not go ahead and get in contact with us so we can work our magic and give you the healthy building you desire!
In Australia there are a number of historical buildings and locations, often referred to as ‘heritage sites’ or ‘heritage listings’, with systems put in place that govern how they are protected and maintained; such as the Burra Charter. The specifics for how something becomes a heritage site differs from state to state, but in general, an application must be made to the relevant governing bodies who will then determine whether the site in question will be listed as heritage.
Heritage listed sites are often quite old, usually built with materials that are no longer in production. This can make the maintenance on heritage listings fairly intricate and challenging, but there are a number of reasons why it is important to do so. If you don't keep on top of everything that needs doing, problems will pile up and often escalate, leading to more expensive work requiring to be undertaken.
Originally introduced in 1979, the Burra Charter was adopted for the protection and preservation of the historical mining town, Burra in South Australia. Since the its inception, numerous people have collaborated and worked to update it, ensuring that the charter continues to be a source of not just relevant theoretical information concerning the maintenance of all heritage buildings, but also the practical. To date, in Australia, it remains to be the chief source of information regarding the proper procedures that should be followed when undertaking works on heritage sites.
One of the more tangible reasons to make sure a heritage site is looked after and doesn’t fall into a state of disrepair, is that they can be great for promoting financial growth in an area. This is mostly due to tourism, as people will come from far and wide to see a little piece of history. This is especially important in more remote and rural areas of the country.
Another reason for the protection of heritage listings, is the preservation of history and culture. Often times these sites offer a snap-shot into the time period of their development, which offers a unique insight into what it was like back then. Architecture and building technologies of a period have always lent a unique perspective otherwise unobtainable into what a society would have been like.
We would be remiss to not mention that another reason for their protection is for an artistic sake, so that future generations can appreciate the marvels of yesteryear. Photographs and videos can only do so much, and it is unlikely that actually visiting a site and seeing it with your own eyes will ever be beaten.
Although many of these sites can be tricky to maintain and prevent dilapidation, don’t worry. Here at BellMont we have the benefit of almost 20 years’ experience in the field and we’re ready to help.
So if you’re looking for an engineer to help you with a heritage project, contact us today.
One the most deceptive and destructive phenomenon in the construction industry, that happens more often than you would think, is structural sinking or technically known as subsidence. There are a number of reasons that things start to go Titanic in construction, but all of them relate to the way the ground a structure is built on shifts over time. So here is a quick rundown of some of the causes, as well as some advice to minimize its occurrence on your construction projects.
Do your research
Subsidence can occur during construction, when the proper measures to account for how much the kind of soil your building on will shift over time aren't followed. Different kinds of soils will move and settle in different ways. It's important to know exactly what kind of ground you are building on so you can prepare it correctly. If you don’t, over time the ground underneath the building will move in a way this hasn’t been compensated for, ending in another case of sinking.
Subsidence can also occur when the ground that a project is being built upon hasn’t been prepared properly for the construction that will commence on it. In circumstances where construction happens on improperly prepared ground, after a time the soil that the structure sits on, will compact under the weight of the structure and cause the site to shift. Resulting in an unstable construction, cracking and eventual subsidence. Our advice is to make sure that all protocols are being kept to at all stages of the project.
Know where you stand
Another big cause of subsidence is a lack of compensation for how reactive the soil being built on is. Some areas have soil that has a higher concentration of clay, which will expand when wet and contract when dry, which can be an issue in areas prone to drought or floods. Other areas will have a lot of gravel or stony soil which are more susceptible to shifting when nearby sites are excavated or disturbed. So knowing what kind of environment you are building is just as important as knowing what you are building on.
If you're concerned about any subsidence issues that you have, BellMont is able to help you. Feel free to contact us and see what we can do for you.
Everyone has experienced a surface inside or outside their building rusting at least once, it’s an effect of time and conditions. In most instances, this rust appears red. However, this is not always the case, with rust appearing in different colours for various reasons. The most common rust colours are red, yellow, brown and black, which all indicate an issue with either the surface itself or its contact with the surrounding environment. Read on to find out more!
Red rust is a result of exposure to elements such as air and water. Unlike other rusts there are no visible rust runs or streaks as the affected area is usually affected as a whole by atmospheric conditions. Like black rust, this form of corrosion is formed when combined with salt.
Yellow rust usually appears in places of high moisture content where the affected area has been highly exposed to water over a period of time and has corroded as a result. The yellow rust stain usually appears to run or drip.
Unlike yellow rust, brown rust is a drier and crustier rust, formed as a result from contact with water and oxygen. It is similar to red rust, however, brown rust appears in patches rather than affecting an entire surface.
Black rust usually forms in a low oxygen environment. The black stains help to indicate where the issues are. For the example areas where the rust is, indicate a lack of oxygen. Black rust, like red rust can form as a result of contact with salt which causes corrosion.