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How to Ensure Quality in Structural Stabilisation and Strengthening

26 October 2018

Happily, structural engineers are doing their job. Single-span architecture or multi-span framing is on the plans, and the contractors are making sure those drawings are followed to the letter. Technical services have another job in mind. Pulling back their focus, the professionally accredited engineers see the big picture. Structural stabilisation plans at the fore, every roof pitch issue, every soil condition problem and framing configuration, is weighed and assessed.

Structural Stabilisation Strategies

The study starts on the ground. Correction, it starts way below the ground. Is there an old buried quarry underneath the soil? Are subsidence issues and ground settling problems pertinent in this area? Conducting a ground soil survey, the paperwork is compiled. Each and every issue is identified and addressed before any structural feature is put down. Knowing such ground-based variables, the contractor optimises the foundations. Subgrade stabilisation techniques reinforce the area. Augmented drainage solutions are added to the plans. They strengthen the ground level, so the levels above the ground gain stability. If this is an existing structure, of course, or one that’s receiving an extension, there are other solutions available. Concrete-filled rods and tensioned helical anchors come to mind when optioning projects of this type.

Extending Structure-Strengthening Plans

The soil reinforcement work is done. Additional work has been done on the foundations to ensure a properly stabilised ground level. The bearing pressure is consistent around the walls, the continuous footings are established, and the groundwater table is controlled thanks to a newly expanded drainage system. Proceeding apace, the technical services agency works with the contractors on the building. The pitch of the roof on a new section of a building’s extension is checked for problems. The consulting team is looking for destabilisation problems. They’re looking at vertical columns, at blocky single-span ceilings and open-plan floors, which have to obey certain dimensionally inflexible limitations. They’re assessing the load bearing walls, partitioning rooms, and figuring out ways to conceal ugly support columns. In short, the on-scene engineers are walking the floors, carrying multiple plans, and extending their soil analysis strategies to incorporate a larger design envelope.

That envelope goes from subterranean soil analysis planning all the way up to the foundations and far beyond. It’s this big picture perspective that ensures a reliable and workable structural stabilisation stratagem, after all. It blends roof pitching angles with the numbers that assign properties to key load-bearing walls and columns. Triangular frames, multi-span structures and open space single span variants, every framing option, soil type and roof profile come together in the technical service agents plan to ensure strength and structural stabilisation.

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