Monitoring surveys, used to identify movement or deformation in a building or structure, provide essential data to determine whether remedial action is needed or to inform the next stage in the building or renovation project.

Very importantly, monitoring gives reassurance that any potential problems can be identified and can be corrected as quickly as possible.

Our specialist team will design, specify, install and carry out monitoring programmes on buildings – from new build to heritage properties – as well as major structures including bridges, sea defences and retaining walls.

Using the latest monitoring technology, we can map small changes in vertical, level and horizontal movement or full 3D XYZ coordinate differences in either real-time or over long periods.

Depending on the project, monitoring can be either manual or automated, with ongoing data produced so that trends or patterns can be identified.

Our range of services also includes environmental monitoring to enable a greater understanding of the role and impact of noise, dust and vibration on both buildings and the wider area. This can be applied to new residential developments, as well as existing commercial, retail, leisure and heritage buildings.

Structural
Monitoring

Our monitoring surveyors record and measure the movement or deformation of a building or structure across a broad range of projects. From new build developments through to historic and heritage landmarks, a monitoring scheme can help identify any potential issues within a structure and allow a plan of remediation to be established before further problems develop.

We work to a high level of accuracy with project specifications being established for movement as precise as sub mm. We can also supply our clients with real-time project data, ensuring that any problems can be identified and communicated via SMS or email immediately so that appropriate action can be undertaken on site.

Our monitoring programmes generally fall into two distinct categories. Manual monitoring schemes can be set up quickly, with our team available to attend site on a regular basis to consistently measure the monitoring targets. The frequency of attendance is normally specified by the client at the start of the project but can change in line with with evolving site activity. You will be provided with an ongoing set of data, generally in spreadsheet format, although other data and outputs such as 3D digital models are also available. Previous survey data can also be provided to check for any noticeable trends or patterns in movement.

The second option is a fully automated monitoring scheme where we will attend site and establish monitoring technology that can continuously measure fixed points 24/7. Data sets can be provided for timeframes that suit you best (i.e. for your Monday morning team meeting) but should any movement be detected in the meantime, we can use alert systems to communicate with you by text message or email should pre-determined tolerance levels be breached.

We have many years of experience in this area and have worked on a range of schemes and programmes, including:

  • The refurbishment of a building development in the heart of London. This automated scheme continuously measured small degrees of movement in 3D within the structure over several months.
  • The structural monitoring of a new build apartment block in Chester. This was a 12-month project monitoring 16 glass prisms continuously, combined with continuous data stream from eight tilt sensors 24/7.
  • A new build waterside development which had encountered failure of the waterproofing as well as the problem of movement in the supporting columns or concrete floors. Daily monitoring of the floors and columns took place for several weeks.
  • The external façade of Norwich Castle to monitor the stability of the overall structure whilst internal alterations were made. Precise measurement took place monthly and data was then compared to previous observations to check for any changes.

    • As well as movement monitoring and deformation monitoring, our teams can support on precise levelling, coastal erosion monitoring, crack monitoring, ground water monitoring, vibration monitoring and environmental monitoring.

      To find out more, please complete the enquiry form below to contact one of our specialist surveyors. Available across our network of UK offices, our teams of surveyors share many years’ experience and are in an ideal position to discuss your project in more detail and offer the best survey solution from our broad range of complementary services.

Environmental Monitoring

As part of our monitoring division, we can support your project with a range of environmental monitoring services either as an addition to your structural monitoring programmes or as a bespoke package of work.

This can include schemes that require greater understanding of the role and impact of noise, dust and vibration on both the building and the wider environment.

These services are relevant for a range of building types and project sectors, from new build residential developments through to the impact on existing buildings including commercial, retail, leisure and heritage.

We can work with you from an early stage to see how our full range of monitoring services can be combined into one customised package of work to meet your project specifications and ensure you have full peace of mind throughout the construction process and beyond.

To find out more, please complete the enquiry form below to contact one of our specialist surveyors. Available across our network of UK offices, our teams of surveyors share many years’ experience and are in an ideal position to discuss your project in more detail and offer the best survey solution from our broad range of complementary services.

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