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TBE SOLUTIONS OFFER A RANGE OF HIGH QUALITY, COMPREHENSIVE SERVICES, AND adapt EACH ONE TO YOUR SPECIFIC PROBLEM.
Our range of services spans from general Condition Reports, to specific reports such as Heritage Restoration and Dilapidation reports, to non-invasive testing and analysis of building defects, tendering, contract administration and certification services, to legal services, and mould investigation. To find the service you require and for a general description of what it entails, please choose the option in the drop-down menu .
For more specific information with regards to your personal project or strata plan, get in contact with us and we can provide a unique quote. Each project varies in scope and size and thus requires individual attention. The TBE Solutions Team are very proud of their extensive services, and the contributions they have made to the building and engineering sector over the last 15 years.
Give us a call on (02) 9693-5154 so we can help with your specific problem and recommend the service you need. Or, for more specifics on our services and the process through which you can employ us to fix your building issues from identification of a defect, through to total remediation, see our Steps to Success page.
REPORTS, TESTING & ANALYSIS SERVICES
- Non-invasive Building Inspection
- Building Condition Reports
- Building Dilapidation Reports
- Heritage Restoration Reports
- Crack Monitoring
- Concrete Spalling Testing, Analysis and Remediation Management
- Scope of Works and Specifications
Our Building Condition Reports, Defect Reports and Dilapidation or Heritage Restoration Reports can be up to 600 pages, depending on the extension of the project. They begin with an introduction section, a commentary on the property under inspection, details of the inspection, and the navigational references for the property. They end with a conclusion, the report conditions and technical data sheets. The bulk of the report is a written and photographic description which analyses each detail of the specified site (each crack, rust spot, etc.) to summarily analyse the condition of a building. It also has the recommended repair action next to the defect description and a reference photo. Download a free PDF of the TBES Information Booklet which contains a sample page from a Building Inspection report here. In comparison to Building Condition or Dilapidation Reports, we can produce Heritage Restoration Reports on any heritage-listed building, which lends a strong emphasis on the maintenance of the building’s unique integrity, while also eliminating any building/engineering faults or issues.
Crack monitoring is a specific type of service we provide where we monitor cracks in a building over a set time period using crack gauges that are calibrated to measure not only the increase (if any) in crack size, but also the direction of movement using quadrants. We then compile this information into a Crack Monitoring Report which informs you of any changes or structural shifts. If a property suffers from lots of cracks (most commonly found on concrete render, but also found on brick walls, driveways, and other masonry structures), some of these cracks may be less than 1mm thick, which means they are called 'hairline cracks' and are not considered defects. Hairline cracks can be patched up with short-term filler. If the cracks are larger than 1mm wide they are considered defects and should be monitored for expansion. TBE Solutions uses the Humboldt testing equiptment and Crack Monitoring Kit which includes Avongard Crack Width Gauges, Tell-Tales which have an accuracy of 0.5mm. More accurate readings of 0.1mm can be taken if a caliper is used.
A Scope of Works is an additional document that lists every specific step to be taken by the builders in the process of rectification to adhere to Australian and Environmental standards. It will generally include, for example: WH&S precautions to be carried out prior to commencement, safety precautions during the stages of rectification, specific materials and quantities that are required, the exact building codes and standards which must be met at each step, technical drawings and engineering specs that are necessary, etc. You will need us to create a Scope of Works if you are going ahead with remediation works, and generally this anticipates the Project Management service that we offer to smoothly transition to, and control, the remediation works. For more specific information see our Steps to Success page. For concrete spalling tests, see the section below on "Equipment and Methods".
TENDER, CONTRACTS, ADMINISTRATION & CERTIFICATION SERVICES
- Tendering and Tender Analysis
- Project Management
- Contract Administration (which includes drafting and exchanging of contracts)
- Inspection of Works
- Processing Progress and Variation Claims
- Sign-off and Certification (both Practical Completion and Final Completion Certificates)
In the Tender Management process our services include: preparation of the tender documents and price schedule; the sending of tenders to three preferring contractors to encourage competitive pricing; attendance at an onsite pre-tender meeting (organised by us) with the three contractors to discuss the building works, access, and WH&S requirements; revision of the submitted tenders to ensure all contractors have agreed with the tender terms and conditions; provision of a Tender Analysis to you (the home owner, or strata manager, or Executive Committee, or Owners Corporation, etc.) with comparison of the three submitted tenders and our recommendations.
As Project Managers, our role is to attend the site and inspect the remedial works at crucial stages through to practical completion. This includes the following services: all Contract Administration (including any paperwork, quotes, contracts etc. that are involved); ensuring compliance with quality, prototypes, inspections and warranty requirements; verifying repair quantities if accurate quantities are unavailable at tender; certifying contractor claims for payment and calculating retentions (progress claims will be submitted monthly and will require full payment within 14 days of invoice date); delivering ongoing photographic progress reports to you based on our regular Inspection of the Works; issuing you with a Practical Completion Certificate when the works are finished and marking the beginning of the 28 week defect liability period which follows; compiling a list of any defects which present during the 28 week defect liability period, or any issues you may have with the completed job; issuing you with a Final Completion Certification at the end of the 28 week defect liability period. For more specific information on the Project Management process, see our Steps to Success page.
MOULD INVESTIGATION SERVICES
- Mould and Air Quality Sampling and Analysis
- Mould Scoping, Tendering and Remediation
- Mould Clearance Testing on Completion of Remedial Works
Our Testo 616 Material Moisture Meter and our infra-red thermal imaging camera (Testo 875-21 Versatile Thermal Imager, see the section below on 'Equipment and Methods') are able to detect and identify mould based on temperature and humidity. We combine this analysis with photographic evidence to create a mould analysis report for you, judging the extent of the defect and suggesting methods of rectification. Sometimes our remedial recommendations will be simple - such as allowing more sunlight and aeration throughout the property through installation of air vents, fans, or dehumidifiers. However, in more serious cases with recurring and wide-spread mould, the cause of the problem will be due to underlying causes, such as water penetration. In this case, we will find and identify the likely source of the moisture ingress for you, such as adjacent balcony gardens or bathrooms, and the remedial work will involve controlling the water ingress, because eliminating the moisture means eliminating the mould. This control often involves the installation/repair/removal/rearrangement of AG drainage pipes, or plumbing pipes. We also do mould monitoring reports to make sure that the mould lessens over time, and to ensure it is not a seasonal occurrence rather than an actual defect.
EQUIPMENT & METHODS
- Infra-red Thermal Imaging Cameras
- Moisture Meters
- Concrete Testing and Analysis Equipment
- Concrete Scanning Equipment
Our infra-red thermal imaging camera is a Testo 875-21 Versatile Thermal Imager, operated by a trained building inspector. It has a thermal sensitivity of <50mk, and can display mould detection. Recently, a thermal imaging survey has become an important part of the Commercial Premises Fire Risk assessment tool now required by many insurance companies. The most important reason to have a thermal inspection done is to ensure fire safety, which reduces insurance premiums and future costs and damages. The camera can non-invasively spot ‘hot joints’ invisible to the human eye, so this method takes less time, money and mess than invasive procedures, and it is incredibly specific and reliable.
Our moisture meters are also the latest Testo technology. We use the Testo 606-2 Material Moisture Meter with Temp and Humidity to measure wood, cement and screed with a curvature for different types of building materials. This measures temperature, humidity and dewpoint, and can do wet bulb calculations. The other type of moisture meter our building inspectors use is the Testo 616 Material Moisture Meter that also measures wood and building materials, but has more precise measurements up to a material depth of 5cm, and has 10 profiles for different types of building materials (such as concrete, drywall, subflooring, etc.), and wood.
In terms of concrete testing, analysis, and scanning equipment, TBE Solutions do not own this equipment as it is too specialised and there is an enormous range of products which can become necessary to analyse a portion of concrete. When a specific piece of testing equipment is necessary we either hire the equipment for you or request a preferred contractor to attend the site and operate the equipment. We can organise to test concrete before it is applied (such as a slump test) and from a set or old concrete slab (such as core samples). Because concrete is such a widely used building material, testing is conducted regularly everywhere to ensure no major disasters occur.
- Structural Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Remedial Engineering
- Forensic Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Acoustic Engineering
Our company specialises in structural and civil engineering, however our engineers are experienced in all the fields listed above which combine to provide comprehensive engineering services. Structural engineering primarily concerns itself with the analysis and design of structures that support or resist loads. Civil engineering deals with the design, construction, and maintenance of the physical and naturally built environment. Remedial Engineering is a corrective branch of engineering, involved in the correction of bad engineering, and the improvement of engineering skill and work. Forensic engineering is the investigation of materials, products, structures or components that fail or don’t function as intended. Electrical engineering generally deals with the study and application of electricity, electronics and electromagnetism. Acoustic engineering is a branch of engineering concerned with the design, analysis and control of sound and vibration.
- Litigation Compliant Building Defect Reports
- Litigation Compliant Fire Defects & Safety Reports
- Expert Determinations and Responses
- Expert Witness Services
- Scott Schedules - All Court Jurisdictions
In terms of legal services, TBE Solutions does not retain a lawyer, but we have assisted a number of legal cases wherein expert engineering testimony was required and our reports are all compliant with litigation standards and so can be used in court. We are familiar with how to present cases to defend the Owners Corporation and can be expert witnesses. A Scott Schedule is a case made up of a substantial number of claims, and we are also aware of this long procedure and can help you understand where you stand and what you need in order to go to court prepared.