Concrete Structure Investigations COVID-19 advice for clients

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Covid-19 Alert Level 2

Update for Thursday 14/05/20 onwards

 We hope you are all staying safe and feeling happy !  Concrete Structure Investigations Ltd (CSI) can continue to attend sites and projects under Level 2; we will endeavour to stay at 1m distance from people who are not in our ‘work bubble’.  In most cases our work is isolated, so this should largely not be a problem.  CSI are very keen to complete those projects you have, that have been on hold!

CSI have established a Health and Safety Procedure while working under Covid-19 conditions. Our procedures are established with utilization of guidelines from the various government organizations providing systems and procedures for such work. Our procedures will develop in line with any more guidelines provided. Our procedures are to be agreed and reviewed by authorised representatives of the sites we attend. We require all our clients to have some established procedure as well. Our reporting and pricing staff continue working to keep up timely reporting procedures and getting those prices out. We will just need access to site to collect data and carry out services physically.

Best regards and be safe.  The CSI Team

If you are contacting us about some pricing here are some really good tips so that we can get it right for you:

To assist CSI’s representatives with ensuring that we can provide you with the most cost effective, accurate and timely pricing and service we request you please share with us any information that you may have about the structure or building you are enquiring about. Sending us all drawings, photos and any other relevant information will ultimately benefit your project and allow us to be more informed. Please see below for a list of required information.

If you have any of the below information please share it with us

o   As built plans (Structural and architectural)

o   Scoping Documents

o   Photos

o   Hazard registers and health and safety plans

o   Asbestos registers

If you have information and are unsure that it is useful please do send it to us regardless, to be able to provide our best service we require to be informed.

Please contact Kurtis 0800 33 77 67 if you have any questions.

Best regards, The Team at CSI

Anchor Testing

1. What is Anchor Testing?

Anchors are installed in concrete and masonry members for different purposes such as attachment of steel plates, pipes or ventilation ducts. Anchor Tests measure the strength capacity of the anchor in the connections for different loading orientations.

2. When would you use Anchor Testing?

There are two types of tests depending on the goal: ultimate and proof test. An Ultimate test is carried out until failure of the connection is reached, either by reaching plastic deformation or complete breakage. Ultimate strength/deformation relationship can then be used in design calculations. On the other hand, proof testing is conducted when you want to make sure that an anchor has been correctly installed and not damaged; in this test the anchor is loaded up to a
specific fraction of the rated load (not to failure).

3. What are the Benefits of Anchor Testing?

More important than fixings for ducting and other non-structural elements, anchors are mainly used to strengthen concrete or masonry structures by attaching steel members after damaging earthquakes or for upgrading their seismic rating. As with the basis of any connection design, Anchor Tests can be used to ensure that the connections do not fail before the connecting members.

4. Limitations

Both types of tests are conducted according to BS 8359:2012.


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