Forensic Engineering

Buildings are designed to perform to Australian standards. At times, a building can enter a phase of distress due to unforseen events.

We are equipped to investigate the reasons, and to provide remedial measures to bring the building back into a state of equilibrium.

Identifying causes and solutions for building distress

VHC Engineers has conducted in excess of 300 forensic house inspections over the past five years. Each case is different, and our team brings years of experience to building investigations that can identify defects and other causes of building distress. Our forensic engineers will then make specific recommendations to remedy any issues.

We have also conducted rectification works for existing dwellings that are in some distress, due to unforeseen circumstances. In some cases this is due to especially poor maintenance by the homeowner in question; however, in other cases the distress is due to factors beyond the control of the house occupants. Each case is different.

Partnering with Swinburne University to study building distress

VHC Engineers has been working in conjunction with academics for a number of years, conducting research into residential building structures. We are 12 months into a case study of a 15 year old building in the western suburbs of Melbourne. The building is severely distressed, and we are working in partnership with Swinburne University of Technology to increase our knowledge of building distress and forensic engineering.

All of this additional research feeds into our existing knowledge base about building distress, and informs the work that we do out in the field.

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By doing this we optimise the clarity of the information, ensuring that LIS is constantly evolving and remaining relevant to current areas of development; as new data is included some of the old data is retired to alternative data sets.

We combine our extensive local experience with soil testing and real-world data from LIS to work towards the optimal outcome for every project. These insights are handed to our team, who are able to develop cost-effective and sustainable solutions.

A quick peek into part of our  report

LIS information improves the accuracy and relevance of Ys estimations/calculations.
Filled sites pose problems, one of which being where Clay fill originated from.
The nearby LIS data provides assistance in the evaluation of any imported fill.

LIS data allows us to make accurate comparisons between sites.

Data captured by LIS can report on deep clay zones in each site.
The data captured by LIS also reveals fill depth differences.