Structural quality control in the field
Potangaroa, Regan; Chang, Yan; Zuo, Kelvin; Wilkinson, Suzanne
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Citation:Potangaroa, R., Chang, Y., Zuo, K. & Wilkinson, S. (2010, July). Structural quality control in the field. Paper presented at the 2010 Conference of i-Rec, Information and Research for Reconstruction International Network, Ahmedabad.
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The quality control of structural elements for post disaster reconstruction in the field is problematic. Test facilities are often remote, training can be inadequate and the attitude of suppliers and contractors can be negative towards such controls resulting in less then adequate construction. This paper outlines several techniques that have been used to address such issues that included of the following: • Foundation checking using scala penetrometer testing • Concrete strength testing using rebound hammer testing • Rebar placement using cover meters These are all tests that can be completed in the field, give immediate test results that can be repeated if required and provide positive evidence for the doubting suppliers and contractors. Such tests have been used in housing projects in Banda Aceh, Sri Lanka and India with this paper focusing on the context in Banda Aceh, Indonesia.