Category Archives: Forensic

Green House Forensic

Project No. 6594

BE Collective was commissioned to investigate and report on the structural integrity of a suspended, cantilevered concrete pool, constructed as part of a beautiful architecturally designed home in Bardon.

Our investigations revealed significant defects in the application of the shot-crete used to create the reinforced concrete pool structure. Our reporting identified the type and magnitude of defects, addressed impact on serviceability and included rectification options. We found that unfortunately the structure was damaged beyond repair.  Our report was referenced and informed QCAT mediations.

 

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Wellington Street, Petrie Terrace

Project No. 6685

The Wellington Street project is a tight little two-story residential townhouse, located in Petrie Terrace. BE Collective were asked to step in on the project after a dispute between the client and the builder.  The engineer’s drawing specified an A1 standard for all concrete finishes but the concrete didn’t match architectural and engineering specifications.  The delivered concrete showed unevenness in horizontal surfaces, and blowholes in vertical surfaces as a result of inadequate vibration when it was poured.

The BE Collective team supported the client’s case by providing specialist forensic inspection and reporting on non-compliances and potential structural issues, and were prepared to provide expert witness representation at QCAT – luckily that wasn’t necessary.

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NSW Disaster Assistance and NDRRA Consultancy


Project No. 6756, and 6738. 

NSW has been devastated by flooding and prolonged rain events in 2016, in what’s widely considered the most damaging storm season the region has experienced in decades.

Shire Councils in the area have historically not achieved their preferred outcome with respect to State and Federal funding. Many Councils are under immense pressure to repair their road and bridge networks quickly, with wheat and produce harvest deadlines looming. 

BE Collective staff have significant long-term success in assisting 14 Councils to achieve optimal funding outcomes through NDRRA. Our John Tuxworth has additionally provided high-level consultancy support to the Queensland Reconstruction Authority(QRA) across a period of 3.5 years, and has significant and enhanced knowledge of the NDRRA Determination, Guidelines, Value-for-Money paradigm, eligibility, complementary & betterment opportunities, submissions, treatments, delivery & programme management, claims, acquittals, as well as Commonwealth auditing processes.

 

Our team are currently commissioned to support multiple councils in NSW with their:

  1. Data capture
  2. Liaison with RMS
  3. Submission preparation
  4. Tendering
  5. Contract Admin & Project Management
  6. Works Management
  7. Acquittal

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Newstead Brewery – Milton

Project No. 6659

The Newstead Brewing Company is expanding their operations to the west side of Brisbane – to the sometimes fragrant home suburb of Queensland brewing – Milton. The new Castlemaine St (yes Castlemaine St) operations will complement the current brew house and bar restaurant in Newstead, with a new:

–  1,700mbrew house

– bar and restaurant

– function room

– street front terrace (directly opposite Suncorp Stadium)

– beer garden (our favourite kind of garden)

Our commission sees us engaging our high quality multi discipline team to offer both structural and civil services to a tricky commercial refurbishment. The existing 3,000m2 GFA building is over 2 stories. The post-tensioned slabs and precast walls are supported by piles up to 18m long.

Significant investigation and analysis of existing structure was required to confirm as-built condition and bearing loads. New foundations and plinths were required to support the significant wet-weight from brewing vats and other vessels up to 12 tonne each. The new foundations have been punched down between existing post-tension strands.

Reconfigured and increased hydraulic services demands to the change of use has necessitated new water and sewerage connections, with BE Collective performing the role of Queensland Urban Utilities Endorsed Consultant.

Construction started 15th August 2016. The BE Collective team will be in frequent attendance during the build and long past the first beer is pulled from the taps. 

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Stannard St Townhouses

IMG_6135Project No. 6633

BE Collective were recently approached to provide constructability, hydraulic and structural review and coordination documentation for a partially constructed group of townhouses in West Manly, Brisbane. The commission was a follow up to our highly successful and cost effective initial offering of building and structural design services.

The townhouses in question had since showed water damage, and our investigation found that fire rating walls had been installed incorrectly. Structural investigation revealed that the driveway slab had been designed for residential car loads instead of the recommended commercial loads.

BE Collective was able to comprehensively identify these issues, and respond with cost and quality conscious solutions across the board, also managing to improve the constructability and estimated lifespan of the project.

Consequently BE Collective were commissioned to provide design and documentation services for the proposed changes and revisions.

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