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Don't let your demolition work end in disaster! First carry out a survey which looks into these five elements

by , 28 October 2015
Is there a building you want to demolish? You need to first plan it properly before you can demolish anything.

In planning your demolition work, youneed to do a structural engineering survey on the structure, in this case a building, you want to demolish.

Here are five important elements you must consider when you do a structural engineering survey - so as to ensure the effective demolition of the structure, and in so doing prevent any unnecessary accidents from occurring...

The age of the building and its previous use. This helps identify the building practices and materials you should use  to build the structure. Also, by knowing the age, any weakness due to age can be taken into consideration.
The form of the structure as well asany expansion points which may be a weak point.

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The way in which the lateral stability (limiting side movements) of the structure was designed. 
Also the way in which any pre-stressed or post-tensioned elements, such as beams, could make the whole demolition process difficult.
Any weak places within the structure – such as cracks and any signs of foundational displacement.
If any material in the structure contain asbestos. If it does, you need to comply with the Asbestos Regulations.

*Once the structural engineering survey has been completed, the structural engineer will weigh up all the elements before recommending a certain demolition method within a method statement. 
Knowing, and following, the recommended demolition method is absolutely vital to ensuring safety on site. Not doing so can easily end up in disaster. So remember to plan your demolition work properly – get a survey done.  
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