Piles are strong structural columns often made of concrete and are driven or laid into the ground to support building structures. They are designed to transfer and spread the construction load onto hard rock or soil, which has a higher load-bearing capacity. Structural inspection checklist are crucial to ensure the fitness of the construction project. Let’s look at the following points in our discussion:

  • What do Structural inspections generally address?
  • What makes structural piling inspections important for engineering companies?
  • How does Fielda help streamline these inspections?

What do structural inspections include: Structural piling can be of different types; bored, driven, sheet, screw, or mini piling. Depending on the methods and type of piling used, inspections cover a variety of details before, during, and after installation. For instance, in bored piling, inspectors check the materials being used for the mix. In driven piling, they inspect elements like the update of the pile driving log sheet, the condition of pile caps, specs of the piles, and the extent to which they meet stated requirements. In addition, inspectors evaluate the punching shear, overlap length, stirrup spacing, and reinforcement layers, among other checks. Inspectors also run tests like low strain pile integrity ultrasound tests, ultrasonic cross-hole sonic logging, thermal integrity profiling, etc. 

What makes them so vital: Pile formation problems, reinforcement installation issues, and faults in the concrete can result in the poor mechanical performance of the pile structures. In addition, foundational issues can impact the durability of the construction. These have cost implications in terms of the need for frequent repairs and expensive maintenance. They also have a bearing on the safety of the property; an unstable foundation can sometimes result in partial collapse, sinking, or cracking in the structure. Meticulous structural piling inspections help pre-empt these issues and ensure safety, performance, and compliance.   

How Fielda helps streamline structural inspection checklists: Whether it’s pre-construction structural pile inspections or post-construction fitness checks, inspectors gather complex and rapidly evolving data. Fielda supports inspector’s design forms that can be rapidly completed in just a few clicks. With the complete digital shift Fielda enables, inspectors need not carry cumbersome SOP manuals and guides; from instructions and checklists to forms, signatures, and evidence documents, everything can be handled from the convenience of their mobile device. Workflow can be set up, so there is seamless collaboration and data flow between inspectors, structural engineers, contractors, and construction staff. And regardless of the location, with Fielda’s offline data capture capability, inspections can be conducted, and data synchronized almost in real-time.  

Capture: Design, edit, and adapt forms and workflow for optimum structural piling inspection processes and efficient data collection.

Review: Highlight issues, raise tickets, follow through on pending action for rapid problem resolution 

Comply: Ensure compliance with client specifications and rigorous regulatory requirements 


About Fielda: Fielda helps companies manage and maintain their assets and gain real-time oversight of all tasks, workflows, and projects to improve operational efficiency, enhance team productivity and impact the bottom line. Whether it’s installations, inspections, repairs, replacement of parts, servicing and maintenance, or routine audits, with Fielda’s mobile data collection, GIS-enabled technology, automated and custom workflows, and analytics, you can eliminate errors, enhance response time, ease workflow bottlenecks, and simplify your field operations.

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