At TRACE-SI, we’re not just keeping pace with technological advancements in structural engineering – we’re leading them. Our pioneering Non-Intrusive Analysis (NIA®) methodology represents a paradigm shift in how structures are analysed and understood.
Why choose NIA
Unlike traditional methods, which often provide basic data requiring further interpretation, NIA delves deeper. It’s not just about gathering information; it’s about transforming this data into actionable insights. This approach allows us to not only identify what’s happening within a structure but also understand why – an essential aspect often missing in conventional methods.
A Comparison of Methods
Let’s consider a typical example. In the Union House – Newbury Structural Slab Report, the approach was standard: assessing slab thickness, reinforcement details, and load-bearing capacities. Similarly, the 9 Prescot Street RSK Report focused on reinforcement arrangement, concrete durability, and standard testing procedures like chloride content analysis. While these reports are informative, they largely present data that the client must interpret.
In stark contrast, the TRACE-SI approach is more comprehensive. We employ advanced tools like GPR and ultrasonic tomography systems for data collection, followed by meticulous processing using specialised software. This results in a detailed interpretation that provides a clear understanding of the structural elements, their connections, and implications.
The TRACE-SI Difference
At TRACE-SI, we don’t just follow predefined scopes or repeat surveys. Our NIA process is designed to provide specific answers to your structural questions. Our goal is to offer comprehensive solutions that are tailor-made for your project’s unique needs. This approach not only saves time but also optimises resources, reducing the need for extensive, costly investigations.
Value Engineering Through NIA
Our NIA methodology lies at the heart of our value engineering process. By offering detailed insights into structural health, we enable more accurate and strategic decision-making. This approach is not only about understanding the current state of a structure but also about anticipating future needs and potential challenges.