Load testing of building components or elements is a popular means of demonstrating a structure's capabilities when a simple analysis is not practical. A variety of loading techniques can be applied according to the weight required, the condition of the building and logistical limitations. Water and kentledge are the most popular methods.
For safety reason barriers located in and about buildings, as well as external balcony balustrading and temporary edge protective systems are required to meet particular codes based on their design and location. Compliance is normally demonstrated by inspection and load/displacement testing of the barrier...
When a bridge fails its assessment for 40 tonne vehicles one of the available options is supplementary load testing. This procedure can identify hidden strengths in the structure arising from a variety of sources to contribute towards avoidance of the need to conduct costly and disruptive strengthening works.
Load testing of safety fences and safety barriers supporting posts and anchorages is required by DTp Specification for Highway Work Park 1 Series 400. Post foundation testing involves in situ loading and monitoring of the angular rotation of the post and its support. A high degree of accuracy is needed requiring skilled personnel.