If you’re an architect managing a client’s residential project or a homeowner undertaking an extension to your property, chances are you’re going to need a geotechnical report. If you’re excavating into a sloping site, or putting in a new swimming pool, or digging out a new basement level for your house, your structural engineer (that’s us!) is definitely going to need a geotechnical report. The purpose of this article is to outline why and when you’ll need a report; how you and your consultants (plus your builder) can benefit from it; and what to look for. Some of the descriptions and examples we’ll discuss below reference the suburbs and geography of Sydney, but the principles are the same Australia-wide.Details
Most of the articles we write and publish on the Partridge blog are written with the intended audience being architects, builders, and homeowners who might be contemplating renovating or building a new house. This one’s probably aimed more at engineers, although – if you’re an architect or builder – what follows might give you some insight into how engineers think and how we can better serve you.Details
“Art without engineering is dreaming; engineering without art is calculating.” Steven Roberts
For most people viewing artwork – and particularly in the case of sculptures – the joy is in appreciating the artists’ work, endeavours, interpretation, and skill. But have you ever considered that, sometimes, the piece of art might have some engineering behind it?Details
Until very recently, it was extremely common for us here at Partridge to have no knowledge or involvement with a project until after it came out of Council with its DA approved.
For 95% of our projects, the architects would independently develop the DA-submission plans with their client, lodge the DA, and then contact us a few months later to sign us up for the job after the DA was approved.
Only then, once all floor levels, structural zones, and building heights had been approved and “locked in” with Council, would we as engineers then have the opportunity to analyse the structural loadpath of the building and determine the size and thickness of its structural elements. For example, we’d begin to explore the thickness of the suspended slabs; the depth of the floor joists or roof rafters; and the size of the beams that would span across large openings and support the structure above.Details