Inspection and diagnosis
The knowledge obtained from these actions is fundamental for the definition of solutions and strategies of sustained intervention, of minimal action, effectively directed towards overcoming the construction weaknesses.
NCREP carries out inspections and diagnosis on buildings. Although they appear with different objectives, their action is complementary and in the work of the NCREP they are preferably inseparable.
The Inspection corresponds to the stage of geometric and material survey and characterization of the structure and its constituent elements, and in damage mapping, in particular those of a structural nature.
The Diagnosis is based on the information obtained in historical research and inspection and evaluates the importance and extent of existing problems and the determination of their causes, characterizing the current state of conservation and safety of structural elements.
In carrying out Inspection and Diagnosis actions, NCREP uses multiple complementary means of analysis, particularly on-the-spot tests, which complement visual inspection. These means are complemented by other types of tools, namely numerical simulation and laboratory testing, which are used whenever the complexity and (or) requirements of the work impose it.
The knowledge obtained from these actions is fundamental for the definition of sustained solutions and intervention strategies, with minimal action, effectively directed towards bridging the weaknesses of the constructions. This approach requires knowledge of the behavior of the materials involved and experience in using and interpreting the results of numerical and experimental tools on the part of the technicians involved.