Existing Building Survey | Failure Analysis

The existing building survey and failure analysis services offered by MatriScope consist of field and laboratory testing, and existing condition surveys of a variety of building materials to determine the presence of defects, and the extent and cause of damage. The investigative services offered utilize proven methods and problem solving techniques, which can be applied to a wide variety of real world construction conditions.

As one of California’s leading independent testing laboratories, MatriScope ensures that our clients’ products and processes meet government, industry, and safety standards. We inspect, test, and perform failure analysis on a wide range of materials and products, from composites to metal.

Existing building survey and failure investigation services include:

Special Testing Services

  • Anchorage and condition assessments of building facades and veneers
  • Coefficient of Friction testing
  • Compressive strength and tensile testing of various materials
  • Concrete / masonry core sampling
  • Crack and deflection monitoring
  • F-Number measurement (Floor Flatness Testing)
  • Foundation surveys
  • Full-scale structural load testing
  • In-place masonry shear testing
  • Moisture emission testing of concrete floor slabs
  • Physical and chemical testing of structural steel and reinforcing bars
  • Rebound hammer (Schmidt Hammer) testing
  • Testing of existing or newly installed anchorage.
  • Verification of reinforcing steel within concrete members (i.e. pachometer)
  • Wood moisture testing

Investigative Services

  • Corrosion studies on reinforced concrete and structural steel structures
  • Crack investigations of concrete members and structuresDeterioration studies of concrete exhibiting alkali-silica reaction, sulfate attack and other deleterious effects
  • Fire damage investigations
  • Glu-lam delamination / deterioration investigations
  • Moisture infiltration investigations of concrete slabs
  • Material Investigations and condition surveys of existing structures
  • Testing of existing or newly installed anchorage into concrete, masonry and other materials related to floor, wall, false ceiling and cladding connections (i.e., tension and shear tests)