Creating something new out of something old is a fantastic way to go when creating a new commercial project. Sadly, while the spirit is willing for some buildings, the flesh, or in their case concrete, can be weak. How does one know if a building can handle major reconstruction? The general contractor can perform non-destructive testing.
What Is Non-Destructive Testing?
Non-destructive testing is the process of looking for structural weaknesses or flaws without destroying the overall building. The ways a general contractor can perform non-destructive testing is through these non-destructive testing software and methods:
- Thermal Imaging
- Magnetic Particle Inspection
- Ultrasonic Inspection
- Visual Inspection
The most common method of non-destructive testing is usually a visual inspection. Often optical enhancing devices, such as borescopes and digital video crawlers, are sent through the building’s walls and foundation to check for defects, corrosions, holes, mold, leaks or rot.
The difference between destructive and non-destructive testing
The difference between destructive and non-destructive testing is simple. When a general contractor uses non-destructive testing, they inspect the building without causing damage to the building’s exterior or interior. This is one of the main advantages of non-destructive testing.
On the other hand, destructive testing is where the building undergoes multiple stress tests to the point of failure. A general contractor can use both non-destructive and destructive during a building’s inspection. Destructive testing can be used to check the building’s structural strength or the efficiency of the building’s plumbing and electrical systems.
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