Structural engineering is among the most important disciplines an engineer could ever learn. Without structural and civil engineering, it would be impossible for bridges, roads, buildings, and even airports to exist. Safety is among the most important of all components to proper structural performance. To ensure the safety of any structural task, engineers frequently perform dynamic testing and cross hole sonic logging.
These two different tests essentially serve the same purpose. They ensure a structure is sound and not prone to collapsing. Now, such serious damage might not occur immediately. A poor foundation could slowly erode over time until it can no longer support its own weight. A weak structure might also be prone to suffering major damage in the event of a natural disaster. Strong structures may be able to weather even the most severe of natural disaster scenarios.
Both dynamic testing and logging based testing provide accurate insight into whether or not a bridge, building, or other foundation is stable. Dynamic testing utilizes scores of different pieces of equipment such as sensors, pressure transducers, and more to determine how much structural strain can be withstood in the onset of impact, blasts, vibrations, and other external forces. Cross hole sonic logging focuses more on the integrity of drilled shafts and concrete pilings. Obviously, if shafts and pilings are weak, then they are not going to be able to continue to safely hold up any roads, bridges, or buildings. One of the great benefits of cross hole sonic logging tests is they are far more accurate than the older methods previously performed.
Entities in both the private and public sector that have concerns over matters related to transportation, infrastructure, aerodynamics, and commercial real estate should definitely call in foundational engineers capable of performing the necessary dynamic testing. Once the test results have been revealed, the proper steps can be taken to fix or improve any problems that might exist.
A well established, full-service foundational engineering company will also offer consulting duties. Through careful and detailed consultations after dynamic testing, a path can be charted to decide what must be done now and in the future to ensure structural problems do not arise again in the future.
Once again, this process all starts with the performance of dynamic testing and other structural tests. The results delivered will set the stage for what work must be done or, for that matter, if any repair work is really needed.