Compliance & Building Inspections
Building Inspections and compliance are an important part of the building process, as you need to ensure that all work meets the relevant design documentation approved for construction. Throughout the construction phase, you’ll need several inspections to ensure compliance with Australian standards and the approved designs. Your engineer can check a range of elements, including your foundation, structure, retaining walls, and more.
If you’re concerned that your building works may affect neighbouring properties, you can also request a dilapidation report to record the existing condition of structures prior to your construction works commencing.
It’s always best if you can work with a full-service engineering company for your building inspections. That’s because they come with specialised knowledge in all areas of your building, from the ground up. They’ll know what issues to look for and will be able to recommend the most effective solutions so you can pass your inspection with flying colours.
Whether it’s a new build or a renovation, STA Consulting Engineers are your #1 choice for building inspections in Queensland and New South Wales. As experienced structural and foundation engineers, we’re uniquely equipped to provide advice on your building. You can expect a smooth workflow, accurate documentation, faster turnaround, and best-in-industry communication.
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What is a structural engineering inspection?
In order for buildings to be safe, they need to be structurally sound. A structural engineering inspection involves checking different elements throughout the building to look for potential issues. If everything checks out, the engineer will provide certification documents to demonstrate compliance.
Are there different types of structural engineering inspections?
Yes. You’ll find there are a few different types of structural engineering inspections:
1. New build compliance
New buildings need their structures inspected – sometimes at various points throughout the build process. This is to check that the building is safe and compliant with Australian building codes. This is the type of building inspection that STA’s engineers are most often asked to complete.
2. Older properties
Over time, some properties may develop signs of structural issues, like cracks. An experienced engineer can inspect these properties to determine the root cause and recommend appropriate solutions.
What will my engineer inspect?
Structural engineer inspections usually cover the foundations and building structure, and in some cases, your soil conditions. Here at STA Consulting Engineers, we’re especially experienced in inspections for:
- Soil conditions
- Footings (foundations)
- Ensuring a habitable slab
- Waffle pod slabs
- Monolithic slabs
- Suspended slabs
Why and when is it needed?
What's the difference between a building inspection and structural engineer inspection?
A building inspector is more of a general inspector – they look at all the elements of the building, from walls and electrical wiring to plumbing and drainage. Whereas, a structural engineer focuses on issues that may impact the structural integrity of the building. Things like the foundation and structure.
A building inspector is often called out for things like pre-purchase inspections to make sure an older home is in good condition. Then if they find something that indicates a potential structural issue, they’ll likely recommend a structural engineering inspection to confirm the problem and next steps.
On the other hand, structural engineers are usually involved in inspecting new buildings during the construction process to ensure compliance, issue certification, and catch any problems early on – before the build progresses.
For more on this topic, read our in depth article on building inspectors versus structural engineers.
What's the average turnaround for structural inspection reports?
You’ll have information on your inspection right away via our Live Inspections App. Building inspection reports and certification are delivered within 48 hours after your inspection is complete, once conditions are met. More on our inspections process here.