Assessment and Inspection
The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) requires all buildings in Singapore to be inspected periodically by qualified structural engineers. The Land Transport Authority (LTA) also requires all road and rail structures to be inspected at regular intervals by qualified structural engineers. At ECAS, we have dedicated engineers to perform these inspections all over Singapore, make structural assessments of the inspected structures and submit the inspection reports to the relevant authorities. We make sure that structural defects are identified and properly rectified to maintain the structural integrity of the inspected structure. Our engineers will assess the loading and usage of the structure, identify defects, determine the severity of any deterioration and assess the surroundings to detect any aggressive environments that might affect the structure. If defects are found, our engineers will provide solutions for the repair of the structure. An effective inspection will identify defects early for rectification which can lead to cost savings by preventing costly repairs when undetected minor defects become major ones.
All our inspection engineers at ECAS are familiar with the inspection methods and techniques and experienced in evaluating the structural integrity of structures to meet the specifications and building codes and standards.
Periodic Façade Inspection (PFI)
The Periodic Façade Inspection (PFI) regime was introduced in 2020 to enhance the safety of building facades by facilitating early detection of façade deterioration and allowing defects to be rectified in a timely manner so as to reduce the likelihood of façade failure as our building stock ages.
Facade inspections will need to be conducted every seven years for buildings that are more than 13 metres tall, once they are over 20 years old. The new Periodic Façade Inspection (PFI) regime will take effect from 1 January 2022.
We can provide competent person (CP) and façade inspector (FI) , conduct 100% visual inspection by using new technology (Drone etc.) and conduct minimum 10% close-range inspection. We can not only provide constructive comments and reports but also provide guidance for subsequent repair work.