Did you know 80% of problems encountered on construction projects are due to unforeseen ground conditions that could have been avoided if a suitable site investigation was carried out?
Construction projects can have major impact on the environmental surroundings; hence it requires careful and thorough planning.
Why Site Investigation?
During a site investigation, the structural engineers in Mandurah will collect information, assess the data and report any potential hazard beneath a building site.
A site investigation is broadly divided into the following stages,
- Soil Investigation
- Geologic survey maps
- Preliminary investigation
- Detailed Site Investigation
- Supplementary investigation and construction control
Reasons to Perform a Site Investigation
The structural consultants in Mandurah perform site investigation for the following reasons,
- To identify the general suitability of the site
- To achieve safe and economical design of foundations
- Understand the engineering properties of the soil and rock, and know the nature of each stratum.
- To determine the source of construction material and the selection of sites for water disposal.
- To ensure the safety of the surrounding existing structures.
What Does a Typical Site Investigation Include?
- Compaction testing to determine the type of soil on residential or commercial sites
- Reinforcement signoff and inspection
- Reviewing construction for engineering compliance in accordance with structural documentation
- Preliminary corrosion detection
- Investigation of structural issues such as determination of cracks, leaks, or any other structural or aesthetic damages
- Structural dilapidation survey to detect structural damages that is caused to the adjoining property.
Basic background information needed for performing site investigation includes,
- The type of the structure to be used
- Characteristic and the usage of the structure to be built
- Starting date of the construction
- The type of the method used to build the structure
- Estimated time period for the project to complete
- Soil condition
The Importance of Site Investigation
Many people fail to recognise the importance of site investigation but it is a vital step of the construction process. Performing a site investigation is important as the characteristics of soil can vary significantly depending on location and can affect the stability of the foundation.
- Site investigation provides vital, early and relatively low-cost information for conceptual design.
- Provides a brief study on the general suitability of the site for an engineering project.
- Determines the possible difficulties that may be encountered by a specific construction method for any particular civil project.
- Enables structural engineering consultants in Mandurah to study the suitability of the construction materials.
- Prevents the delay of any construction project due to problematic ground conditions.
- Obtains the physical and mechanical properties of the soil for design and construction.
A thorough site investigation by structural engineering consultants in Mandurah provides information regarding the geology, hydrology, hydrogeology, climatic conditions, radioactivity, etc., of the site.