RCC Design and Structural Auditing

  • Reinforce Cement Concrete Design (RCC Design)​​

  • Industrial Shed Design

  • Construction Design 

  • Structural Auditing

    • Chemical Testing

    • Rebar Test

    • Water permeability test

    • Half-cell potential test

    • Leak Testing

    • Electromagnetic Testing

    • Laser Testing

    • Magnetic Particle Testing

    • Earthquake resistance (seismic diagnosis test)

    • Fire readiness (fire fighting system analysis)

    • Core Testing

    • Ultrasonic Pulse Velocity Test

    • Rebound Hammer Testing​

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We offer you RCC and Steel Structural Design at most affordable price be it a small structure or a large construction. At smart Infrastructure you will never have to worry for the Quality and Price as both are the core things at Smart Infra.

We offer RCC Designing Services such as Residential RCC Designing Services, Commercial RCC Designing Services, Industrial RCC Designing Services, Hospitality & Recreation Services, ESR & GSR RCC Designing Services, Design Of Machine Foundation and many more items from India.

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At Smart Infra, we offer customers reliable RCC Design work support as per specific design requirements. The use of advanced technology helps us to undertake the entire RCC design work. In addition to this, we judiciously utilise the available resources to provide the best designs to our valued clients.

 

With design solutions offered in form of reinforced concrete structures, our team of experienced engineers has with them the necessary expertise to take care of the entire structural designing process. They make use of the latest software for designing the RCC structures.

Service Features:

  • Use of best design software support to deliver the solutions

  • Service support of experienced professionals so as to ensure the offered design solutions result in achieving the strong foundation of RCC structures

What is Structural Audit 

Structural audit is an examination of the overall health of a building to ensure that it is safe, risk-free and habitable. The purpose of a structural audit is to correctly identify parts or sections of a building that may be in need of immediate repair, renovation or replacement. Structural audits are performed by licensed consultants who have the required expertise in civil construction and are empanelled with the government authorities.

A structural audit is government mandated. For buildings that are between 15 to 30 years old, the statutory requirement is to conduct a structural audit once in 5 years. For buildings over 30 years, a structural audit must be conducted once every 3 years. The said durations begin from the date the completion certificate/occupation certificate was issued or since at least 50% of the occupation of the built-up area, whichever comes first.

Importance of Structural Audit

To enhance the overall lifecycle of the building, its components need to be periodically examined so that there is no danger to its inhabitants. Areas in need of crucial repairs need to be identified to employ corrective measures so that the day-to-day life of the residents is not inconvenienced on account of unexpected leakages or breakages.

In the probable scenario that the builder has cut corners and left any sections of a building prone to collapse or faster dilapidation, a structural audit is your best bet to avert any disasters. Even if the building is relatively sound in its basic framework, it is likely that during a preceding repair or renovation, less than ideal quality materials were used that have led to further damage or leakage. In cases where continuous neglect from the stakeholders persists, it may happen that a massive redevelopment project needs to be undertaken, costing the residents exorbitant amount of money. A structural audit is a highly recommended preventive measure to avoid any calamitous eventualities altogether.

Stages of Structural Audit for Structures

To begin with, the society needs to hire a Project Consultant/Agency after inviting tenders from prospective service providers. The estimated repairs or preventive actions need to be approved in a General Body Meeting. Once an agency is appointed, it is the responsibility of the society's committee to provide them with all the pertinent details, plans and designs of the building including information on any previous reparations and maintenance history. Below are the phases and techniques of a structural audit.

1-Visual Inspection

The first stage of a structural audit consists of a visual inspection that should lead to the identification of defects, material degradation, deformation of any sections or interior components. If alterations, additions or replacements are needed, they should be identified during the visual inspection too.

All the elements of the building are examined, including but not limited to, columns, beams, slabs, balconies, false ceilings, roofs, parapets, railings, rooms, bathrooms, kitchens, lofts, mezzanine floors, stairways, water tanks, storage, plumbing lines, drainage lines. These inspections are carried out in order to ascertain cracks/deflections in retaining walls, leakages, and concrete durability. Dampness in the walls is also inspected along with varying loads on the structure that may have occurred. Additionally, soil bearing capacity is determined through pit trials or from soil data of the vicinity.

2- Non Destructive Testing

The structural integrity of a building is initially determined by the visual inspection; however, the strength and durability of concrete is an essential factor that decides its longevity and safety. For this purpose, non-destructive testing (NDT) should be carried out to check concrete strength, chemical attack resistance, corrosion assessment, among other things. Above mentioned are the common techniques to assess whether your building’s concrete will stand the test of time.

3- Report Analysis 

A structural audit report is presented to the society by the consultant which entails the following:

  • Recommendations for repairs based on the assessment of deterioration, breakage, and faulty materials

  • Retrofitting, and restoration measures to bring the damaged components up to the required standard

  • Strengthening the current components of the building to make it more resistant to collapse and increase its load bearing capacity

The consultant provides the cost of labour, materials, equipment and overall services to the society in the audit report, and offers expertise on future maintenance and cost-effective measures to slow down future deterioration.

Reasons to appoint a Structural Auditor

TIt is no secret that a number of structurally unsound buildings collapse during monsoons or due to ill-maintenance. Buildings older than 20 or 30 years are often found lacking in integrity as per modern standards. If the repairs are not done carefully, the loss of human lives in addition to property can be devastating. As the adage goes, it is better to be safe than sorry. The only way to avoid such mishaps is to conduct your structural audit with utmost sincerity and apply remedial actions immediately.

The managing committee should hire a reliable and recommended structural audit agency, which stands in good stead with customers. It is easy to fall into the trap of hiring a less-than-honest auditor who may offer his services at affordable prices and eventually do a half-baked job of misidentifying or overlooking critical repairs. At the same time, there is the possibility of someone overcharging and siphoning your money. Incompetent auditors who do their job poorly can leave your building open to damages and burn the society’s pocket holes in the long run.

The most vigilant approach to a structural audit is staying involved and alert from the start to the end. Engage the services of a certified, empaneled audit agency that has a proven track record in the field. Do not hesitate to seek expert opinions online or offline. Compare the list of services offered by each provider and select the one that best suits your requirements.

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