Structural Asset Health: the Old Way or a Better Way?
Updated: Jul 3, 2020
If you're looking for a practical method for extending the life of your structural steel and the equipment it supports, there's a better way to prevent catastrophic failures AND save time and money in the process.
The Old Way
Typically, when a structure is suspect the Owner hires an outside Professional Engineer to inspect the structure and report back on the condition via a technical report.
Unfortunately, most Inspectors don’t perform their evaluation with the facility’s budget and production schedule in mind. They’re hired to perform their job and report back on structural condition, that’s it. Typically the report is flooded with structural upgrade requirements without any regard to importance level or order of priority. The Engineer aims to find every defect, both major and minor, without considering the criticality of the member.
Consequently, Owners are left with an inspection report telling them how bad their structures look (something they knew already) and that repairs or replacement is required.
What happens when the inspection report shows 600 defective members but only 30 actually need to be replaced?
Further, although Inspectors provide professional recommendations for upgrading infrastructure, most times the recommendations don’t give Owners enough information to know what to do next. They’re stuck with a “to-do” list that someone on the Owner’s team has to deal with.
To make matters worse, inspection reports usually lead to additional engineering costs: to create a detailed scope of work that defines the problem with recommendations on how to repair it. The Engineer basically ends up submitting a second proposal.
What’s an Owner do with all this?
It’s an old-school, non-progressive way of thinking. Approaching structural asset health in this manner is time consuming and expensive. In reality, many of these steps can be streamlined or eliminated.
A Better Way
Our hope is to give you valuable guidance about how your aging facility can save time and money by maintaining healthy structural assets in a very deliberate manner, there is a better way.
We have all the details of this better way for you...but you'll have to wait for Part 2! We'll have much more to come with this three-part series on extending the life of your critical assets.
Until then, if you have any questions about structural asset health for your facility or you have a good idea you want to run by a qualified engineer, please contact us - we're happy to help anytime.