The Importance of Environmental Protection, Audit and Inspection in Civil Engineering Projects

January 25, 2017


There's a burden of responsibility attached to civil engineering projects, a set of ethically engendered obligations that regards environmental protection as an inviolable duty. Certainly, the on-site management team is charged with a great undertaking, work that will shape the land. Unfortunately, the impact on the local environment can be severe due to the scale of the project, which is why an initial audit or inspection is mandated.

Geo-Engineering Responsibilities

As more than a feasibility study, the audit actively evaluates the geology of the land for subsurface obstacles. The terrain inspection procedure detects old utility lines and unmarked cable runs, all of the features that may have been omitted from a current land map. Even old lead pipes and dead cables give up their location to this meticulous inspection routine. Once located, test trenches can be dug to properly identify the man-made obstacle, at which point the underground line can be removed or cataloged.

Local Authority Coordination

The audit inventories man-made features and natural below ground obstacles so that a full picture subsurface map can be outlined in detail. From here, the process typically requires contact with the relevant regional authority. The civil engineering company is alerted, as is the local council. Imagine the benefits of a fully endorsed underground infrastructure audit. No work will damage a sewage or grey water pipeline because of this study. As a result, the environment is spared from subsurface damage, a likelihood of soil poisoning due to the release of whatever's being transported within the pipe.

Cost-Effective Risk Analysis

Large-scale civil engineering work creates land shock and great terrain upheavals. A properly conducted environmental impact audit acts as a buffer between the planning stage and the actual labour, an interval that evaluates the site of the infrastructure before it takes concrete shape. Once these hazards and risk factors are mapped, the project can still proceed and remain on-budget, but now the local water table and all hidden geological problems can be integrated into the design. As such, the foundations of the structure, its connecting utility trenches, and all abutments, well, they fall into place predictably, not as part of some makeshift solution.

Major engineering projects, such as bridges, dams, and office complexes, are never on ground areas littered with metaphorical question marks. The audit evaluates the project and determines any and all environmental hazards so that a protection strategy can be incorporated into the design. Subsequently, that same terrain is evaluated to ensure it supports the full scale of the work conducted on the site.

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