Let’s start by understanding the basics of threshold shoring. But before that, you need to understand what a threshold building is. By definition, a threshold building is one that has more than three stories and is higher than 50 feet in height while its occupancy classification exceeds 5, 000 square feet and can accommodate max. 500 people. This is how it is defined by Florida Statute. Various states define this concept in a slightly different way.
For example, in the UK, the law states that the excavation teams must ensure that they bringin a competent person for inspecting excavation supports or any kind of battering at the beginning of working shift and several other specified times. They are not supposed to start the excavation until it is safe to work for all labourers. Commercial clients are supposed to offer specific information to the contractors before starting the project. It is mandatory to include all information pertaining to ground conditions, water courses (if present), underground structures, and locations of the existing services.
Similarly, in Florida, the law requires construction firms to submit the threshold inspection layouts and get them approved by authorities before starting construction. It is one of the prime tasks of civil engineers to consider every single parameter to see that quality is ensured during all building inspections. A good construction company will always have a qualified team of engineers on its side that would ensure structural components and all large size structures adhere to Florida Construction Standards. If they find any flaw they may suggest some modifications or may ask you to stop the construction work. Their suggestions will help in making things right and making your place a safe haven for everyone.
The enforcing agency will send a special inspector who would perform a structural inspection on the threshold building pursuant to structural inspection plan that was carefully devised by the architect or engineer of record. The prime purpose of this structural inspection plan will be to provide precise inspection procedure and timetable for adequate building inspection. Your threshold inspector would examine reinforcing steel and steel in-beds before concrete placement. They will also look into shoring and re-shoring of the given building, concrete slump, concrete placement, along with all structural components and connections. Once they are done with inspection, the Special Inspector will send a signed and sealed statement to an enforcement agency. As owner, architect and engineer will also receive one copy of this statement that they need to keep with themselves.