Our works at the large DHL facility included inspection, measuring of existing balustrades and performance calculation of the glazing, wind loads, fixing systems etc. These numbers where then compared to the Australian Standards and the Building Code of Australia (BCA). It was concluded that the balustrades were compliant within these standards and BellMont provided Prime Constructions with a letter of certification.
Prime Constructions is one of the leading building contractors in the state of NSW. They offer a range of services for industrial, commercial, retail and institutional projects with over 35 years of experience. A few notable projects of theirs include Judith Poole Sports Hall at Abbotsleigh School, Mazda in Sutherland and the Kurrajong Building at Barker College. You can read more on their projects here. We look forward to working with Prime Constructions again in the future.
Balustrades are intended for safety. Having a faulty balustrade can be incredibly dangerous and puts people at serious risk. That’s why it is necessary to install balustrades that are meeting the BCA standards. If you need assistance, contact BellMont today.
A blog by RAND Engineering & Architecture, DPC says:
"A problem we encounter all too often is a board operating in a reactive as opposed to proactive mode. If you don’t know the condition and the life expectancy of your building’s systems, you’re just going to be chasing crises as they occur. More crises means higher costs, higher stress, and lower quality on every project you undertake."
And we could not agree more. In this article, the building being expected isn't in too much strife but the property managers are wise enough to think ahead of the game and save them lots of heartache down the tracks.
Project: Bellmont Facade Engineering inspected the facade condition of a unit building in Ashfield.
The façade is generally in structurally adequate condition with a relatively small number of large concrete spalls evident in the slab edges of the balconies. Some minor “reinforcing bar ends” have corroded, and these will require repair also, but these are not considered to be a structural concern as yet.
The extent of corrosion is generally considered to be quite small and it is therefore our recommendation that early intervention and repair would provide maximum benefit to the owners.
- Concrete repairs to corroding steel reinforcement
- Render repairs
- Painting of slabs edges, balustrades and balcony soffits
- Replacement of spitter pipes with larger ones to allow easier drainage with less blockage
This issues of concrete spalling, corrosion, render/paint delamination and drainage/guttering works have been rectified.
As a result of being proactive, they have avoided even bigger issues and costs for the future. Be smart like them, call BellMont today to book an inspection (02) 9518 0775.
Bellmont to the rescue! The brick balustrades of this six unit apartment in Manly were a heavy burden to the concrete slab of the balcony.
Project: Bellmont Façade Engineering assessed the condition of the balcony slabs of 3 levels of residential units. There separation between the masonry balustrades at the ends of the balconies and the building which we believed to be caused by excessive deflection and rotation of the cantilevering concrete slab balcony. The rotation is more pronounced due to the cracking in the slab.
Additionally the cracking within the slab indicates a localised rotation that has contributed to the separation. This cracking provides a water ingress point to access the steel reinforcement in the slab. The top reinforcement is the critical strength reinforcement for cantilevering slabs and the condition of the reinforcement needs to be verified, however the cracking evident is an obvious precursor to reinforcement corrosion.
The movement of the metal balustrade indicates a loss of connection strength of the middle post. It is our opinion that the metal balustrade requires being replaced due to non-compliant strength and also height.
Recommendation: Replace brick balustrades with lighter aluminium balustrades to significantly reduce the loading on the concrete slab.
Status: WORK IN PROGRESS. The front of the building’s three balconies have been complete. Left to do are the three balconies to the rear of the building.
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.