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Geo1
4 November 2019
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Nov 04, 2019 4:06 pm
Sweetswisssteel, is this Newport by chance? I wouldn't be downgrading to a H2 in there. If you are in Newport, you made a wise decision. Regards Geo1
Sweetswisssteel, is this Newport by chance? I wouldn't be downgrading to a H2 in there. If you are in Newport, you made ...
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Geo1
18 June 2019
5
Jun 18, 2019 2:45 pm
Great Idea Mark, was this ever set up? Let me know and I can assist. Geo1 (old pal)
Great Idea Mark, was this ever set up? Let me know and I can assist. Geo1 (old pal)
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Geo1
23 April 2019
16
Apr 23, 2019 10:01 pm
Alex79 Unsure what the answer is but there does need to be something to protect those who opt to build or purchase a newly built house. To help others, I have uploaded original engineer's slab/footing design and main pages from Geotechnical report as unable to upload document. In Geotechnical repor...
Would be very interested to actually find out your contract date. AS2870 was updated/revised/amended in January 2011. I...
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Geo1
23 April 2019
3
Apr 23, 2019 9:55 pm
Or a Pool might be a bit difficult to dig.
Or a Pool might be a bit difficult to dig.
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Geo1
14 August 2018
11
Aug 14, 2018 11:21 pm
The whole point about building on highly reactive soils is to stabilise and keep moisture content even. That is why special care is required during construction and good maintenance after. Regardless, any dwelling on a reactive soil will be at risk of an "event" (leaking drains, overflowi...
I think what all of us above agree on is abnormal moisture conditions. As building-expert points out above, its general...
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Geo1
31 July 2018
8
Jul 31, 2018 11:12 pm
Hi Geo1, I hope it's ok to reply to this thread from a few months ago. I'm about to start planning then building a 'tiny' home, then larger home (same land, 1 acre block lucky me) in a few years. I understand I need a geotech investigation and report for recommendations on the type of foundations t...
Hi Faye, We do not do effluent disposal assessments so cannot comment on that part of it. However in terms of an AS2870...
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Geo1
26 July 2018
7
Jul 26, 2018 11:38 pm
@Geo1 In this example here Single storey comparison Footing Detail M raft, H1 & Waffle the upgrade only adds $4K in materials + Labour + Builders Margin,etc,etc Upgrade engineering site work costs seems to be the biggest issue for new home builders..? Unfortunately without Plans, photos,etc it'...
Absolutely love this example. Many thanks for sharing this. Pure expertise coming up with a simple, easy to follow exam...
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Geo1
24 July 2018
5
Jul 24, 2018 10:12 pm
Hi, I cannot comment on the cost or structural elements as I am neither a builder or structural engineer. StructuralBIMGuy, maybe better suited to give you some advise about that, however a passing comment is 30MPa concrete is not something I see often, generally either 25MPa or 32MPa on the AS2870 ...
Hi, I cannot comment on the cost or structural elements as I am neither a builder or structural engineer. StructuralBIMG...
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Geo1
21 July 2018
12
Jul 21, 2018 10:17 pm
Hi FirstHomeBuilder25, Can you indicate why the site was originally classified as Class "P"? This maybe something that others have overlooked? You have a relatively very stiff slab, so I am interested to understand whats the problem (i.e. you have indicated areas of cracking, degree of cra...
Hi FirstHomeBuilder25, Can you indicate why the site was originally classified as Class P? This maybe something that oth...
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Geo1
18 June 2018
17
Jun 18, 2018 9:14 pm
Thanks Geo1, I think I will just have to learn my lesson from this one. next time, get soil test done before buying land, me thinks. Diggi, I always get upset when people need to learn lessons when it costs money. If it didn't cost money would we learn? Unfortunately its the human way. We spend $40...
Diggi, I always get upset when people need to learn lessons when it costs money. If it didn't cost money would we learn...
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Geo1
16 June 2018
13
Jun 16, 2018 9:05 pm
Hi Diggi, Firstly, I have quickly reviewed your classification of which you have kindly scanned and provided. I do know the company you have engaged as I know there lay out and they are one of my main competetors. However based on their results and your shrink/swell results (laboratory test results)...
Hi Diggi, Firstly, I have quickly reviewed your classification of which you have kindly scanned and provided. I do know ...
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Geo1
27 May 2018
10
May 27, 2018 9:30 pm
The report says that the site is a class"P" but because the fill is controlled your design engineer can use a "M" type slab with some modifications. The fill has been compacted and is said to comply with the earthworks specifications therefore deemed ok to put a modified "M...
Is visual tactile identification combined with local knowledge how they do soil test these days? No drilling required? ...
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Geo1
22 May 2018
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May 22, 2018 5:36 pm
Doulton777 I assume you are in NSW. In QLD you may have had a few extra piers out the front to deal with the tree. Unless you had a large builders site cut/fill in which case all builders will pier their own fill as its never certified as "structural fill. For trees, we work off MATURE height ...
Hi site has been classed as P as a tree on neighbours house has been removed a couple of years ago. So abnormal moistur...
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Geo1
19 May 2018
19
May 20, 2018 12:28 am
Ha that's a good one we never got a photo with our soil report, I was not awere that they take photo of your block of land, our reports were not even stamped or checked by the RBS go figure that out. I know the builder has a lot to answer for but the geotechnical engineers are just as bad, for not ...
Hi Maruomario Based on what you have described, I am out of words to describe how VCAT would not take this case up. Mor...
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Geo1
19 May 2018
18
May 20, 2018 12:22 am
Most soil test reports will include a photo of the block taken by the technician doing the test. Compare your photo to the one taken by the soil testing company they may have tested the wrong block by mistake. Many a time have we confused photos with job numbers..... It happens. Thankfully, 99% of ...
Many a time have we confused photos with job numbers..... It happens. Thankfully, 99% of the time we get it right. But ...
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Geo1
19 May 2018
16
May 20, 2018 12:03 am
Good point from Geo1 about 5% of under performing builds. That is 5% of shattered lives in the community and with 25000/year builds = 1250 families/year affected. It is a regulatory failure on a Titanic scale to allow builds on estates with highly reactive soils without catchment for those owners w...
Hi building-expert, Thanks for the comment and I already hold you in high regard based on your comment about drainage. ...
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Geo1
19 May 2018
14
May 19, 2018 11:31 pm
Mauromario, I am not familiar with the VCAT system unfortunately, as all my work comes from the east coast of AUS. But I am familiar with the QBCC system and I am sure its not that dissimilar than then of the VCAT one. I think in an early post I expressed that in VIC it was (and still is) not uncom...
Link I am not familiar with the VCAT system unfortunately, as all my work comes from the east coast of AUS. But I am fam...
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Geo1
19 May 2018
5
May 19, 2018 10:37 pm
insider, Thanks for the reply. I actually spent the day yesterday (early flight/late home to the kids interstate trip), talking to one of my main builders (major builder 2500+ homes a year), educating their following (of which I have been invited generally every 6 months depending on staff turn over...
insider, Thanks for the reply. I actually spent the day yesterday (early flight/late home to the kids interstate trip), ...
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Geo1
19 May 2018
12
May 19, 2018 10:23 pm
Hi Mauromario, Thanks for the photo. Now i do understand your concerns, and I will concur I often get asked this same question from home owners who have engaged builders of which I work for. Hopefully the following will give you some answers/follow on questions you may ask of your builder; 1. We run...
Hi Mauromario, Thanks for the photo. Now i do understand your concerns, and I will concur I often get asked this same qu...
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Geo1
17 May 2018
3
May 17, 2018 11:47 pm
Thanks SaveH20, really just here to gain some traction to make the consumer aware of the requirements of the code and increase education. My frustration at the moment with the industry is the fact that consumers are sold something they may or may not require. There is a big difference between builde...
Thanks SaveH20, really just here to gain some traction to make the consumer aware of the requirements of the code and in...
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