What is Structural Testing and Investigation?
Structural testing and investigations entail the catalogue of methods used to evaluate the structural integrity of a building to determine whether construction work is safe and viable or irresponsible and hazardous. In this article, we will detail some structural testing and investigation methods you could utilise to ensure construction can proceed harmlessly. Additionally, we will clarify the importance of structural investigation and testing.
Structural testing consists of a series of assessments that determine the suitability of the materials used in an existing structure and those intended for use in the construction of a proposed building. These tests exist for all components, including steel and concrete, which have their own legal guidelines that must be adhered to.
Structural testing covers everything from the ground investigation of the foundations of your building to the weatherability of your walls. Here at Streval, we offer many structural testing services to provide our clients with the most comprehensive testing phase possible. Some of the structural testing services we offer include,
- Anchor Testing to determine the reliability of small anchor points and large fixings.
- Non-Destructive Testing to evaluate subsurface conditions using Ground Penetrating Radar Surveys.
These incredibly thorough tests utilise the latest technology to provide a complete understanding of the present condition of your building and collate the data in reports to indicate where changes should be made.
A structural investigation is catered more towards the investigation of the surrounding concrete and steel and visually evaluating the visual condition of the building, rather than assessing
the subsurface activity that may impact a project.
For example, Structural Steel Testing can allow investigators to see the level of strength or weakness a steel structure may possess. At Streval, we’re always updating our knowledge on the most current regulations for our services and training to offer even more investigation solutio
ns to our clients. Some of our current structural investigation services include,
- Concrete Investigation using visual indicators and machines to assess the extent of deterioration.
- Coating Investigation to evaluate the strength of paint for toxicological and adhesion purposes.
- Building and Structural Inspection to provide data on the makeup of a building.
Why is structural testing and investigation important?
The stakes are naturally high in the structural investigation due to the sheer level of consequence that can arise from a structurally unsound building. Weak buildings are not as resistant and weatherable as those that have been constructed properly. So they’re more susceptible to collapse. Structural testing and investigation will negate this possibility and ensure the safety of all involved.
How can Streval Help?
Here at Streval, we offer every service we mentioned throughout this article and more. Our tailor-made solutions ensure that all planned projects can proceed. Contact us today if you have any further enquiries or would like to book a consultation to start your journey with us.