Hello! I would like to give you the warmest welcome to my blog. My name is Pete and last year, I decided to carry out some home improvements. Somewhat foolishly, I decided to try and carry out the work myself. As you can imagine, it was a bit of a disaster as I do not have many skills. Thankfully, I have a friend who works in the construction and contracting service. He called in some of his friends who were able to come in and fix up the mess I had made. I am really pleased with the results so I thought I would write about it here.
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Are you adequately considering how much your construction work may be affecting others? You are probably aware that noise from the building site could impact neighbouring properties, and you may have thought about how deliveries to your site could be restricting access for your neighbours – but have you considered the effect of vibration from your site?
What Could Be Causing the Vibration?
Almost any equipment or activity on your site has the potential to cause vibration, but not all vibrations will pose a problem. Often, it is only heavy machinery or activities such as inserting piles that could pose a concern. The safest way to ensure that your construction remains compliant is to arrange for construction vibration monitoring. As the site manager, you must be able to demonstrate that the vibration originating from your site does not exceed legal limits. Construction vibration monitoring can help you to do that.
Why Do Vibration Limits Matter?
The most obvious reason that construction vibration monitoring matters is that it ensures your company avoids the financial penalties imposed if the legal limits are exceeded. However, as a responsible company, you should care about the effects that excessive vibration can have on neighbouring buildings and businesses. For a homeowner, short-term vibration might be little more than an inconvenience. For a business or a hospital, it could be catastrophic. Vibration could cause delicate instruments conducting keyhole surgery to move slightly and cut in the wrong place. Too much vibration could adversely affect electronic surface mount placement equipment causing tiny components to be incorrectly placed, and costing the company money in rework.
Excessive vibration can also affect the foundations of nearby buildings. Far from being a minor inconvenience, too much vibration can cause the foundation of the building to fail. It is often necessary to combine construction vibration monitoring with before and after inspections of nearby building foundations to ensure that no damage has been caused by the construction work.
Arranging for Construction Vibration Monitoring
If you are unfamiliar with the equipment used in construction vibration monitoring, it is helpful to discuss your requirements with the monitoring company. They can advise you on what is needed and ensure that the equipment will monitor your site adequately. The monitoring company can determine whether your activities will warrant static monitoring equipment or whether portable monitoring equipment would be better suited to your situation. With their help, you can be sure that work on your site is both safe and legal for everyone.
For more information, contact a Construction Vibration Monitoring company in your area.