Civil Infrastructure and specifically structures (steel, concrete and masonry structures) can be considered as core assets due to it serving as enablers to ensure production. Many entities have experienced the severe impact of structural failures on human harm, production losses and damage to property. To prevent these events processes, systems and programmes must be put in place to manage structures over its design life.
The misconception exists that structures are designed and constructed to last forever. In truth, every structure has a limited design life (typically 30 years), but regular maintenance must be done to ensure this design life is reached. This poses a huge problem in the industry due to minimal maintenance having been done due to lack of understanding, capability, and capacity to implement and execute such programmes.
Many infrastructures have also reached the end of their design life and need a substantial life extension. This can only be obtained with multiyear highly intensive rehabilitation programmes (normally executed under operating Conditions).
To emphasise the importance, the OHS Act also prescribed relevant legislation.
By effectively putting a cradle-to-grave solution and process on the table through the Structural Integrity Management System (SIMS) these important assets can be effectively managed and maintained to fulfil its intended purpose over its useful life.
- Ensuring that your aging structures keep up with your operations and expansion projects.
- Putting adequate preventive measures in place to keep your structures healthy.
- Budgeting and forecasting the capital and operational cost of your structures accurately.
- To prevent unsafe structures; structural failures and thus damage to property and production losses.
- Legislation: Occupational Health and Safety Act (1993) – Construction Regulations, 2003 (9) Structures: “Any owner of a structure shall ensure that inspections of that structure upon completion are carried out periodically by competent persons in order to render the structure safe for continued use: Provided that the inspections are carried out at least once every six months for the first two years and thereafter yearly and records of such inspections are kept and made available to an inspector upon request. “
- Structures have a typical design life of 20-30 years if continuous maintenance is done.
- Ensure extended life can be obtained.
- Pro-active asset management/maintenance reduce life cycle and rehabilitation cost.
- Normal maintenance crews don’t have understanding, capability and capacity to effectively execute structural repair and rehabilitation projects.
- Structural Audits signed off by Pr.Eng.
- Developing and implementing continuous structural asset management systems.
- Detail Engineering, Project Management and Quality Control of SIMS (see chapter) Structural Engineering designs (steel, concrete, masonry).
- Concrete diagnostics, surveys and rehabilitation engineering.
- Corrosion Protection Systems designs.
- Corrosion Protection diagnostics and surveys.
- Compilation of Structural Integrity Strategies, Programmes and Projects.
- Quality Assurance and Quality control of structural repair and rehabilitation projects.
- Turnkey Structural Failure Rapid response (design, implementation and construction).
- Root cause failure analyses of structural failures.
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