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In addition to a review of all the observations made in the preliminary report a detailed inspection should be planned by firstly bringing together and assessing any additional material such as existing records. This should encompass information about the standards, codes and specifications that applied at the time a structure was designed and constructed.
These considerations will then form a background against which the need for condition or performance tests during a detailed inspection.
The focus of the detailed inspection will be to investigate any areas of deterioration seen in the preliminary survey or pin-pointed during the desk study so that current condition and performance can be checked so that any necessary repair and maintenance operations can be planned.
Acknowledgement: The Concrete Society
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