There are several ways that a construction site project can benefit from construction monitoring services. Many urban projects in any of the five boroughs of New York City have set requirements for various construction monitoring services, such as optical surveying, existing conditions documentation, and vibration or crack gauge monitoring. While there are specific requirements for construction monitoring depending on the type of work being performed or related to the proximity of landmark buildings and historic districts, there are also a variety of ways construction sites will benefit from monitoring services.
Safety is always a paramount concern on any construction site or any project, no matter how large or small. Construction monitoring services are part of a safety protocol that can better identify any safety risks at different stages of any building project. Pre-construction or existing condition documentation surveys can be the first step in assessing a building site or structure for any pre-existing damage, or conditions for which precautions need to be taken. Pre-construction surveys can also be used in identifying any potential hazards or defects that could cause harm to workers, nearby residents, or the general public.
Along with pre-construction surveys, additional ongoing monitoring services that continue during the project, such as vibration and crack gauge monitoring, can alert engineer and construction staff to any potential safety issues that can arise during the project, including structural changes or dangerous vibration levels.
Construction monitoring services are also a crucial part of a complete risk management plan pertaining to any construction site or project. Existing conditions surveys, optical surveying, and other monitoring services and the related data and reports are all essential for the protection of stakeholders in any building site. Detailed reporting and documentation of existing conditions are necessary to address any issues or areas that may need to be addressed prior to the beginning of the construction process.
Mitigate Potential Damage
Ongoing construction monitoring, whether remote or manned, can help prevent any potential damage that can result from any number of construction activities, from pile driving, excavation, drilling, blasting, tunneling, or even operating construction vehicles. For example, when on-site continuous vibration monitoring is used during a construction project, real-time data is reported. If maximum peak particle velocity levels are reached, project managers or engineers are alerted and necessary modifications can be made on site to prevent any structural damage.
A comprehensive site monitoring protocol can help protect not only the structure, but also profits and assets of the contractor, developer and property owner.