STRUCTURAL RETROFITTING SOLUTIONS

Retrofitting of column

Retrofitting of column

If structural audit report contains non-compliances or structural distresses which are meant to be addressed then rehabilitation & retrofitting of structure is supposed to be carried out to address these issues. Structural rehabilitation stands for repairs to be carried out at building areas damaged during service life, whereas structural retrofitting is a complete re-strengthening exercise where necessary changes are made in old design to serve the intended purpose of the structure. For example – grouting of plaster, concreting repairs by guniting spray & epoxy, welding of steel sections/ reinforcements and painting are rehabilitation methods. While column jacketing, addition of reinforcement on beam on old structural members constitute part of retrofitting. Rehabilitation is a methodology based approach where effectiveness of a solution is dependent on application whereas retrofitting is a design + methodology based approach. Retrofitting is commonly employed to increase the seismic resistance and addition of stories in a structure. Success of both depends on sound diagnosis, proper selection of materials and repair techniques. These services receive relatively less attention in comparison to conventional methods of demolition of old and construction of new. However these structural solutions are catching the market seeing the effective economics and quick delivery of desired results. Until now, the knowledge of these techniques is limited to few agencies where we have a promising record in diagnosis and hassle free solution for Masonry, RCC and Steel structures where our solutions have not only helped the client saving a large project capital but also served the planet by decreasing the potential waste of construction industry.