In India there are many old buildings which have reduced strength in due course of time. If further use of such deteriorated structure is continued it may endanger the lives of the occupants and surrounding habitation. Appropriate actions should then be implemented to improve the performance of structures and restore the desired function of structures. Thus, it is utmost important to perform structural audit of existing buildings and to implement maintenance/ repair work timely which will lead to prolonged life of the building and safety of the occupant.
The purpose of a structural audit is also to understand the possible solutions for the damage that may have been observed in the building. The eventual outcome of the audit should be an understanding on the future safety of the building based on current loading parameters and durability conditions. A report prescribing methods to achieve habitable and safe building is the desired outcome.
In India, there are many old buildings that have completed their lifespan of more than 100 years without any maintenance. It is very necessary to do the structural Audit of such buildings to ensure the safety of Occupants. Hence, for a sustainable and safe community of mindful residents, Structural Audit is essential.