Every structure of a building must be in good condition and meet the technical criteria of a proper building both in terms of quality (building safety), comfort so that it can serve the needs in accordance with its functions. To find out if your building is feasible, you can use services from Special Inspections in Santa Ana CA.
Factors that influence the performance of a building are:
Weather, climate and environmental factors
Vibration factor due to the load acting or adding to the load
Factors in soil conditions
Factors of natural disasters (for example earthquake)
Material quality factors and structural quality
To find out the actual condition of the structure a series of investigations are needed, ranging from visual investigations, testing to structural analysis.
1. Visual Observation
Visual observation is needed as an initial indication of the presence or absence of damage, where things that indicate the possibility of damage (such as cracks, deflection, corrosion, etc.) are tabulated and identified, for further testing.
Judging from the factors of safety, economics, ease of implementation and reliability, the Non-Destructive Test (NDT) testing method is a more profitable choice. With the Non-Destructive Test method, the structure does not need to be damaged for testing purposes. Non Destructive Test (NDT) testing is carried out with technical rules that can accommodate the condition of the building structure. By conducting this NDT test, if the condition of the structure/building is still in good condition, it can still be functioned without having to make repairs due to the tests (not as if done with destructive tests).
Nondestructive test tests that can be done for structural audits include:
– Hammer Test
– Covermeter Test or Rebar Scan
– Pulse-Echo Test
– Impact of Echo Test
– Brinell Test
– Core Drill
– Half Cell Potential Test or Reinforcement Corrosion Test
– Concrete Carbonation Level Test
Besides being reviewed from the structural aspects of feasibility investigations, it will also identify utilities, aesthetics, and the social and environmental conditions surrounding the building, whether it is still supportive of the existence and function of the building.