Monitoring the health of concrete structures

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Monitoring the health of concrete structures

Concrete is widely used in construction because it is known to be one of the most dynamic and versatile building materials in the world. It can be poured to create all kinds of shapes, but once set it will become incredibly strong and durable. This offers a great deal of freedom with designs whilst also meaning the finished structure will be sturdy and stable.

There are many different types of concrete with distinct characteristics so it is possible to choose the perfect one for any type of project. Some types of concrete set extremely quickly and others remain highly flowable for longer periods of time so it can be transported and pumped into moulds for use. The latter type has been used to build many high profile structures including the famous Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the world’s tallest building. Japanese manufactures even pioneered ultra-strength concrete to account for the seismic activity in the region.

Whatever type of concrete is being used, it is important to think about the long term. Over time the material will get worn and weakened, so it needs to be monitored and suitable steps taken to correct any issues, or the integrity of the structure can be compromised. Regular surveying and testing should be done to make sure the concrete remains strong and in a healthy condition.

At Churchill Concrete Technology we have a great deal of experience with structural maintenance, corrosion control, surveying and testing in many settings. Our team always take the utmost care to inspect the structure carefully and provide accurate, reliable reports on the condition of the material. Our services have seen us work in basements, on supports for bridges and countless other places where the condition of the concrete is absolutely crucial to the stability.

We make use of the latest technology in our survey and testing services so we can gain a clear picture of the entire concrete structure rather than just surveying the surface. In many cases surfaces can look healthy and stable, but a problem can be lying a little deeper. The equipment we use will help us find these problems so we can advise you about repairs before the issue worsens.