CORE SERVICE OFFERINGS
TCR Engineering provides superior end-to-end solutions for civil testing across all the elements of building structures
Purpose of Structural Audit
To save human life and buildings and warn against any potential threats or failures
To understand the condition and health of a building and to project the expected future life
To find critical areas that need to be attended or repaired with immediate effect
To comply with statutory requirements of municipal authorities
To proactively assist the residents and the society to understand the seriousness of the problems and the urgency required to attend to the same
To enhance the life cycle of a building by suggesting preventive and corrective measures like repairs and retrofitting
For bank mortgage
For structures that show distress
For damage assessment due to earthquake, fire, blast, vibration, corrosion etc.
For proposing additions, alterations and/or extensions in building/structure
Our in-house structural audit team has recently carried out several evaluation engagements. The TCR advantage includes:
Decades of Experience: TCR Engineering has expertise built over two decades and has partnered with several developers to undertake testing, inspection and auditing services
Registered Service Provider: Registered and certified by various municipal corporations, TCR has been providing services across Government and private sectors
In-house Capability: TCR is a knowledgeable and customer oriented service provider with a full-fledged set up to undertake all types of structural audit activities
Cost Effectiveness: With TCR's expertise, structural irregularities are identified with ease and this mitigates the cost impact resulting from the deterioration of the building
Structural Audit Services
A structural audit entails evaluating the overall health and performance while ensuring that the building and its premises are safe and are at no risk. A structural audit is done by an experienced and licensed structural consultant who analyses and suggests appropriate repairs and retrofitting measures required for the buildings to perform better in its service life. TCR Engineering has recently undertaken various structural audit services for both residential and commercial buildings including Vikas Complex in Thane West, KC College in Thane and Essential Power Transmission in Andheri..
As per clause No.77 of revised Bye-Laws of Cooperative Housing Societies: The Society shall cause the ‘Structural Audit’ of the building as follows:
For building aging between 15 to 30 years once in 5 years
For building aging above 30 years once in 3 years
Part A – Visual Inspection
Visual inspections of individual building / structures from inside and outside and to study present status of different structural members
Study of Architectural / RCC / Structural drawings ( If available )
Capturing multiple details including:
Load transfer system,
Structural framing system,
Settlement if any,
Cracks in RCC members,
Cracks in masonry / plaster
Loads on structure,
Defects in non-structural elements etc.
Identification of broad areas / locations in the structure requiring further detail investigation and for conducting various Non-Destructive Tests
Part B – Non Destructive Evaluation
In addition to visual inspection, the real strength and quality of a concrete structure need to be checked with non-destructive tests.
A number of non-destructive tests (NDT) for concrete members are available to determine present strength and quality of concrete
To Conduct Non-Destructive tests as required in detail visual inspection
Part C – Repair & Rehabilitation Consultancy
For preparation of detailed report for range of visual inspection & ND tests
For Interpretation of ND test results
For Diagnosis & Root cause analysis of the problems / observations
For preparation of Repair & Rehabilitation scheme to make structure durable, healthy and to stand for a long life
For preparation of technical specifications & draft tender document for repair and rehabilitation
For preparation of cost estimates for the same
For scrutinizing the tender documents
For periodic inspection of work
For issuing Structural Stability Certification after completion of entire job
Soil Testing Services
Soil is formed by the combination of rock, organic matter and pieces of minerals, air, and water. It is considered to be the skin of the earth’s crust. The quality of soil varies depending on its composition, strength, and type. Poor quality of the soil is one of the critical issues faced by builders. Before starting any construction on land, it should be ascertained that the land is suitable for the planned infrastructure and the soil can bear the load of the proposed building, roads, etc. Problems and errors can be greatly avoided by conducting a study on soil and site characteristics.
The quality of the soil is judged by analyzing those properties which limit a planned use. Various soil and site factors need to be determined in order to check the limitations before constructing a building or a structure. Some of these include: Surface texture, Permeability, Water table, Erosion hazard and Depth of soil and bedrock
TCR Engineering provides world class services for soil testing in the laboratory as well as on site. Some of the tests conducted routinely are:
CBR In Situ
CBR Laboratory, Soaked Single Point
Modified Procter Compaction Test
Organic Matter Content
Particle Size Distribution by Hygrometer, Sieve Analysis and Hygrometer
Concrete Testing Services
Concrete is a construction material that is composed of cement (commonly Portland cement) as well as other cementitious materials such as fly ash and slag cement aggregate (generally a coarse aggregate that has gravel, limestone, or granite, plus a fine aggregate such as sand), water, and chemical admixtures. There are various methodologies for concrete testing to ensure that it maintains adequate strength and durability. If major repairs are to be executed in the concrete structure, it is often useful to check the bond strength of the material used in the concrete structure.
Mechanical and physical testing is performed on hardened concrete to determine values such as electrical conductance, the compressive strength of a concrete core, cube or cylinder and classify its durability. Mixing design trials are also carried out to ensure the concrete will exhibit values that are within the normal ranges.
TCR Engineering provides a wide range of concrete testing services that are conducted both, in the lab and on site. Some of the tests include:
Chloride Content, Permeability and Ponding
Core Compressive Strength
Coring: 10cm and 15cm diameter
Cube Compressive Strength
Depth of Carbonation
Drying Shrinkage/ wetting Expansion
Rebound Hammer Survey
Water Absorption and penetration
Bitumen Testing Services
Bitumen is a mixture of organic liquids that are highly viscous, black, sticky, entirely soluble in carbon disulfide, and composed primarily of highly condensed polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. It is principally obtained as a residual product in petroleum refineries after higher tractions like gas, petrol, kerosene and diesel, etc., are removed generally by distillation from suitable crude oil.
Indian standard institutions define Bitumen as a black or dark brown non-crystalline soil or viscous material having adhesive properties derived from petroleum crude either by natural or by refinery processes
A range of bitumen testing services is available both on-site and in the laboratory at TCR Engineering Services. Some of the tests TCR routinely conducts are:
Loss on Heating
Concrete Mix Design
Concrete Mix Design is a method of selecting suitable ingredients for concrete and analyzing their relative quantities for the production of concrete. The produced concrete should be made as economically as possible with minimum properties, significant workability, durability, and strength. An accurate determination of mix proportions by using computer data is usually not possible as the materials used are essentially variable and their properties are not assessable quantitatively.
Concrete Mix is an extremely flexible building material which can be exclusively designed for strength and it may range from M10 to M100. A mix selection needs appropriate knowledge of concrete properties as well as experimental data especially for the person who is conducting the mix design. The objective of preparing a design mix is to achieve good quality concrete in the most economical way. Good quality concrete is dense, homogeneous and imparts better strength and durability
TCR Engineering offers a range of concrete mix design testing services that are conducted both in the laboratory as well as on site. Some of the routine tests are:
Accelerated Cube Strength
Air Content & Alkali Content
Bridge Load Test
Rapid Chloride Penetration Test (RCPT)
Brick Testing Services
Bricks are categorized as the building blocks of any structural building. Thus, the quality of each and every brick needs to be good in order to avoid any serious damage in the building. A brick is a single unit made from Clay bearing soil, lime and sand or it may also be made up of concrete material.
Bricks are named depending upon their composition such as Burnt clay bricks, Concrete bricks, Sand lime bricks, Fly ash clay bricks and Fire clay bricks
To analyze the quality of bricks, TCR Engineering performs several tests, which include:
Apparent Porosity and Density
Cold Crushing Strength
Permanent Linear Change (PLC)
Refractoriness under load (RUL)
Modulus of Rapture
Water Absorption Test
Tiles Testing Services
Tiles are manufactured pieces of materials like stone, ceramics, glass or metals and are considered construction materials. Their major application is for usage in floors, roofs, walls, tabletops and other similar objects. Tiles are categorized on the basis of the applied manufacturing process and are classified as per their water absorption level.
TCR Engineering is proficient in evaluating the performance of glass tiles, acid resistant tiles, ceramic tiles, stones, marbles, slates, limestone along with their their respective installations. TCR provides testing facilities for all types of tiles as per various National and International Standards
TCR tests tiles on many parameters and some of them include:
Staining Resistance Materials
Mortar Testing Services
Mortar is a mixture of lime or cement or a combination of both with water and sand. It is a paste used to bind together building blocks like stones, bricks, etc. It fills the irregular gaps between the blocks and seals them completely. Mortar is also used to add patterns or colors in the masonry walls. Cement mortar is composed of sand and aggregates of water and is used as a building compound. Water is used to hydrate the cement and hold the mixture together. It also finds application in creating smooth surfaces on walls made up of bricks and another masonry.
Mortar when mixed is a much thicker substance than concrete and this makes it ideal to act as glue for building materials. It hardens into a stonelike mass and distributes the load evenly over the bonding surfaces providing tight joints.
Few of the routine tests conducted at TCR Engineering for mortar testing include:
Accurate Content of Cement
Consistent Strength and Quality
Enhanced Health and Safety on Site
Reduced Mixing and Labour Costs
Cement Testing Services
Cement testing is performed to determine if there is alteration/loss of material when in its solid state. Methods of testing include subjecting it to a high temperature to determine loss of material, compressive strength, hand fineness among other factors to ensure that they meet the relevant international standards.
TCR Engineering offers testing services for cement inclusive of:
Heat Of Hydration
Loss On Ignition
ToR Steel Testing Services
TOR steel is one of the best grades of steel that is used in reinforced concrete and is a high adherence steel. Other types of steel are used for less resistant concrete. Thermomechanically Treated (TMT) bars are a type of corrosion resistant steel reinforcing bar used in concrete construction.
TCR Engineering provides world-class services for ToR Steel testing, which is available in the laboratory as well as on site. Some of the tests are:
Ultimate Tensile Strength
0.2% Proof Stress / Yield stress
Mass per meter Run
Ceramic Testing Services
Ceramic materials possess a combination of properties which make them unique and suitable for high-performance applications. Most ceramic materials are metallic oxides like zirconium oxide and aluminum oxide. Metallic carbides are one of the most important classes of ceramics.
TCR Engineering offers a complete range of testing services for all the construction materials including the raw materials and final products as well as quality control services according to the National & International Standards.
Some of the ceramic materials tests conducted at TCR Engineering include:
Refractories & Allied materials
White Ware which includes Tableware, Tiles, Cookwares and Sanitary Ware
Structural including Bricks, Pipes, and Tiles