Structural Condition Assessment, Auditing & Remediation Reporting

Flow Consulting Engineers can assist your company with structural condition assessments. Our capabilities are described in the following projects which we have completed.

Mining, Processing and Materials Handling Infrastructure

In 2016 FCE delivered an assessment by inspection of steelwork condition and a concise work scope for repair of a 65m high pre-heater tower steelwork at Cockburn Cement to return the structure to it’s as constructed condition.  The detailed identification of the work required (provided in this report and marked on site) was essential to Contractors when quoting as well as to outline the standard and extent of repair expected by Cockburn.  FCE’s approach to complete was to inspect every structural member and connection on the pre-heater tower, provide every structural member with reference marking (usually comprising of a number).  The reference mark was marked on the structural drawings, document the work recommended to the member, the connection cleats and report whether bolt replacement is required.  Work recommended to the member comprises of replacing the member, repairing the member insitu or applying new surface treatment only.  Provide colour coded marking of the members on the structural drawings indicating the work type recommended to be completed to the members.  A colour coded spreadsheet was provided detailing the precise work recommended to be completed to the members and associated quantities.  Colour coded marking was provided on the insitu members indicating the work recommended to be completed to the members.  The report provided tonnage of steelwork plates estimated as required to be welded onto member’s insitu to repair the member’s insitu for Contractor quoting purposes.  The report provided tonnage of steelwork for all members (including connection plates etc. attached to the member and connection plates requiring replacement on insitu members) specified for replacement for Contractor quoting purposes. The report provided the surface areas for insitu members and connections specified for new surface treatment only and also surface areas for insitu members specified for repair insitu for Contractor quoting purposes.  

FCE have assisted Iluka Narngulu plants with annual inspection reports for many years.  FCE complete light pole inspection and assessment for the City of Greater Geraldton.

In 2016 & 2017 Tronox requested FCE to assess and provide a report on the condition of structural steelwork on the WCP at the Cooljarloo mine site. Steelwork is deteriorating due to exposure. The report assessed the condition of the horizontal steelwork members and provided a priority ranking for either member repair or replacement. It was intended that this work would assist to ensure a safe WCP working environment as well as be used by Tronox Management as a tool in WCP maintenance forecasting and planning.

Since 2014 FCE have been completing annual inspection reports for Mt Gibson Iron of their Storage Shed 4 & 5 and materials handling facilities situated at the Geraldton Port. and all Mid-West Port Authority common user infrastructure.  The reports provide a detailed description of the structural integrity of key structural steel and concrete components including steel trusses, fly bracing, columns, beams, bracing, girts, purlins, bridging, stairs, conveyors, guarding, walkways, steel cladding and monorails, concrete bund walls, floors, suspended slabs, and column pedestals.   A detailed repair methodology scope of work is provided for all required repair actions.  Ranking the repair priority in three categories levels. Level 1 requires action within 6 months. Level 2 requires action within 18 months, and Level 3 requires action within 30 months is provided.

Concrete cancer damage and remediation reports on houses, public buildings and infrastructure including schools, police stations, courthouses, Geraldton RSL, Centro Stirling’s, culvert bridges and mining infrastructure. FCE roles in these projects encompass determining the cause and rectification of building defects.  Concrete cancer has been reported and rectified at Exmouth High School, Exmouth Court House and Exmouth Police Station, Mullewa High School walkways and verandas, Nagle Catholic College, Tardun Agricultural College buildings (where supervision of repair work was also provided), Iluka Narngulu, St Barbara mine Meekatharra, Golden Grove mine Yalgoo, Iluka port sheds and numerous privately owned coastal balconies.

Structural building reports which report age related structural problems, structural defects resulting from construction, or damage caused by impact, fire, storm or earthquake such as masonry cracking and / or brick and mortar fretting, steel corrosion, timber deterioration and their rectification have been completed by FCE on the Geraldton Court House, Northampton Sporting Complex, numerous bulk storage sheds, Water Authority assets at Geraldton and Carnarvon, Billabong Road House and on buildings owned by Agriculture Department, the CGG and privately.

Structural condition assessment
Structural condition assessment
Structural condition assessment
Structural condition assessment