Historically, fixing structural issues for any building was considered both challenging and costly, however, for large commercial buildings including warehouses, factories, business complexes and retail parks, discovering structural issues can be even more disruptive. Due to the sheer size of these industrial buildings and the affect structural issues can have on a business residing in the property, it’s vital facility managers, insurance professionals and property owners understand the advanced solutions available.
Ground engineering expert, Mainmark, is calling out to commercial businesses and industrial property owners, urging them to not only check the structure of their buildings for signs of subsidence following the recent weather conditions, but also recommending they research into the advanced solutions now available for structural remediation work. As the world of ground engineering can be confusing, the market leader is offering expert advice and guidance on how technology is enabling far more efficient processes, saving commercial businesses significant time and money.
Traditionally, the method of underpinning and re-levelling was costly, disruptive, lengthy and invasive, however, thanks to advances in technology this simply isn’t the case anymore. Instead, companies such as Mainmark are now providing innovative products in order to offer customers effective solutions. Mainmark’s JOG Computer-Controlled Grouting, for example, is a unique multi-point cementitious grouting process that utilises computer controlled monitors to slowly and accurately inject cement grout into the foundation ground to strengthen the ground and raise and re-level the structure. This allows buildings, especially large commercial properties, to gradually and safely return to a defined level. What’s more, the hydraulic forces can be targeted to specific locations under the structure that can be minutely adjusted by technicians, to ensure minimal differential stresses are induced onto the structure.
Mainmark utilised its JOG solution on a large Sheffield based warehouse, which had suffered a sizeable differential settlement of up to 156mm. Due to the severity of the damage, cracks and severe sloping had started to occur in various parts of the building including staff amenity areas. In order to ensure the building was safe and functional, Mainmark technicians had to both re-level a large section of the building using JOG, as well as treat the ground at depth to minimise the likelihood of further subsidence by adopting Low Pressure Deep Grouting (LPDG).
Because of the non-invasiveness of JOG, Mainmark was able to complete this extremely complex job in just a few weeks whilst causing minimal disruption to the operation and production of the business, allowing employees to continue their daily routines. This not only resulted in the business not suffering any financial implications from loss of work, but it also meant the safety of employees was managed as efficiently as possible.
Robbie Blanchfield, UK manager at Mainmark, commented: “Due to the nature of commercial buildings and the number of employees working within them, the safety of a building is crucial and should be dealt with immediately. It’s vital that commercial property owners understand the different solutions available to them as these types of products and services could dramatically reduce overall cost and time. Although repairing structural damage is a large task to undertake, advanced products such as JOG allow for a far more streamlined process, ultimately, benefitting the end user.”
For more information regarding Mainmark and how its solutions can help you, please visit www.mainmark.com/uk. Additionally, to read case studies on JOG and Mainmark’s other products, please visit: https://mainmark.com/uk/news-resources/project-profiles/
Mainmark provides a range of specialist ground engineering and asset preservation solutions for residential, commercial, industrial, civil infrastructure and heritage sectors. Committed to excellence, Mainmark’s state-of-the-art solutions are backed by more than 20 years of engineering expertise. Mainmark has over 15 sites across the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Malaysia and Japan. Mainmark’s products and services include solutions for ground stabilisation, void filling, stopping water ingress, raising and levelling on-ground and in-ground structures, fixing anchors into rock faces and embankments, and other related ground-engineering processes. Globally, the Mainmark group consists of Mainmark Ground Engineering and other related engineering businesses.