Role & Responsibilities Of a Floor Consultant
Written By: Samit Singhai
Published On: October 23, 2019
The construction methodology of designing a concrete floor depends on its usage and the external conditions it will be exposed to. An industrial floor is subject to harsh situations like heavy traffic, massive vibrating machinery, spilling and spalling, damage by forklift and industrial chemicals, excessive wear and tear and more.
There are certain components which are pivotal for an ideal concrete floor construction. They say a structure is as good as its base. The formulation of the base is crucial to the quality of the floor. Only a strong base can lay the foundation for a uniform slab design. An appropriate slab design is a conglomeration of many factors like soil-bearing capacity, mixture strength, the area and position of the load applied. Reinforcement up to a minimum thickness as per the specifications is a must to avoid cracks. The concrete mix should be prepared with the right mix of all ingredients in the right quantity.
Thus, the ideal industrial floor is an amalgamation of the design and the construction process. The floor designing is the task of an expert and skilled professional who has an in-depth theoretical knowledge of TR34 accompanied by a practical experience of construction methodology. The nature and purpose of the floor determine the design and construction techniques. The concrete specification should be pertaining to the flooring.
And this is where the role of the consultant comes into the picture by helping create quality control and quality check plans. He works in coordination with the client and the contractor on the overall building programme, the base, the slab design, methods to avoid surface damage, the time required, the necessary documentation etc.
During the construction phase, engineers deployed by the flooring consultant cover areas like health and safety checks, the delivery documentation, the mixing procedures, testing concrete and other materials.
Once the floor is ready, the consultant submits the sampling and compliance testing reports which consist of floor flatness survey, construction quality check reporting, information regarding construction, design, operating and maintenance manuals.
Since each floor is different, Concrete Plannersâ€™ offers its expertise and skill to provide tailor-made solutions to a multitude of problems faced on site before, during and post construction.