The wheels turn slowly, it is a juggling act keeping things moving with balancing council requirements, clients wishes, compliance drawings and someone to pay for it all until the banks come to the party. This is why it is easier if you have funding to begin with.
On Tuesday we employed Advanced Building Engineers to design the structure for the new house design, the floor slab, size the beams to carry the floor to the second storey and detail the roof construction. Robert David the Managing Director was very helpful and explained the process with clarity and simplicity and their costs were not as high as other engineers.
Robert advised that we have to obtain a GeoTech report which will be an additional fee as the Maylands area is the worst for soil types. In fact there can be sand on one site and right next door can be clay and according to Robert the clay can move as much as a metre in any direction so a foundation has to be designed to give allowance for that extreme level of movement.
We have appointed wageotechnics to carry out our subsoil tests to determine the soil types. They spend two hours on site taking soil samples and then they prepare a report including drawings and detail investigations of the soil to present to Advanced Building Engineers and ultimately council to satisfy the building requirements.
Wageotechnics have provided in excellent time the GeoTech report at a cost of $1250 plus GST. The information clearly identifies soil types to ensure the right structure is built to the soil capacity and reduce the risk of building failure. With that information the engineers are now able to complete their structural details moving us closer to an application for building license.
We finally have our engineering from Advanced Building Engineers, it was delayed because in my phone calls they said it had been posted and I thought the Christmas postal service may have caused delays. However the delay was because the office receptionist had thought the payment had not been made and instead of phoning to check left the plans at reception. I arrived to collect another job and asked about them and was told they had not been sent out for that reason.
Sometimes delays in a project are beyond our control and even though you someone may tell you it has been sent there is never any guarantee until it is in your hot little hand. Anyway it is now time to complete the working drawings so we can present the project to council for the final stage a builders license and price the job properly.