Structural Audit is an overall health and performance checkup of a building, like a doctor examining a patient. It ensures that the building and its premises are safe and contain no risks. It analyses and suggests appropriate repairs and retrofitting measures required for the buildings to perform better in its service life. Structural audit is done by experienced structural consultants.
Applicable Standards:As per clause No.77 of revised Bye-Laws of Cooperative Housing Societies:The Society shall sought the ‘Structural Audit’ of the building as follows:
- For building aging between 15 to 30 years, once in 5 years
- For building aging above 30 years, once in 3 years
Organizations applicable for Structural Audit:
- Construction Industries
- Engineering Industries
- Process Industries.
Methodology of conducting the Structural Audits involves the following:
- A walkthrough the concerned premises.
- Review of the layout and drawings.
- Review of the existing safety systems in the premises.
- Review of the training and awareness regarding availability and operations of the safety systems in and across the organization.
Recommendations for corrective and preventive actions.
Benefits of the Audit:
Structural Audit enables the organizations to address the issues by identifying the following:
- It helps recognize the types of structural defects.
- It identifies any alteration and addition in the structure, misuse which may result in overloading.
- Structural Audit is an important tool for knowing the real status of the old buildings.
- It helps identify any signs of material deterioration.
- The Audit highlights & investigates all the risk areas, critical areas and whether the building needs
- Immediate attention. It should also cover the structural analysis of the existing frame
- Pinpoints the weak structural areas for static, wind & earthquake loads.