Ah, underpinning! Melbourne’s unsung construction hero, it ensures old and newly constructed buildings stand tall, proud and tall. The site inspection is crucial to any construction project. But, before the underpinning work can be highlighted there’s an unsung star that helps set the scene: the site surveyor. Here’s a look at the what, why and how of this important process. Additional info?
1. What’s Beneath The Surface?
Imagine this scenario: you bake a cake but, instead of using the correct recipe, add ingredients randomly and pray for the good. This sounds chaotic. Underpinning is like diving in without site exploration. Knowing what’s beneath – whether soil type or groundwater levels, old construction remains, etc. – is key. For a successful foundation project.
2. Melbourne Soil is a Mixed Bag
Our unique geological heritage has created a diverse range of soil types. What lies beneath, from sand loams and stubborn clays to rocky soils can greatly influence your underpinning strategy. A thorough investigation of the site is required to reveal all these secrets.
3. Get to know the history of your city:
Melbourne boasts a rich tapestry of architecture. Site explorations often reveal historic insights such as forgotten utility lines and old building foundations. Not only does this give a nod towards our rich city history but can also help avoid project pitfalls.
4. Risk Mitigation:
It’s no secret that there are risks associated with underpinning. By performing a thorough site investigation, you can anticipate and prevent many of these potential risks. For example, damaging nearby properties or striking underground utilities.
5. Cost Predictability:
Construction projects are no exception. Nobody enjoys financial surprises. The site survey will help you to get a much clearer idea about what is ahead and can be used for more accurate estimations.
Each site is different, much like every Melbournian’s favorite coffee. Site investigations provide the team with valuable information on the specific challenges and site characteristics, and allow them to develop a custom-made approach.