The process

Demolition is the destruction, breaking down or removal. Demolition of building is the process of dismantling or destroying of a structure after its life of serviceability by pre-planned and controlled methods.

Different steps are involved in the process of demolition of building structures which are:

  1. Surveying
  2. Removal of hazardous materials
  3. Preparation of plan
  4. Safety measures

Surveying of Buildings for Demolition

Surveying means study of different parameters of the structure and its surroundings. There are two types of surveying are mainly conducted. They are

  1. Building surveying
  2. Structural surveying

Preparation of Demolition Plan for Structures

A detailed demolition plan is made which illustrates the different process involved and they are:

  • The location of the building to be demolished.
  • The distances from the building to be demolished to its adjacent buildings, streets, structures and significant street furniture.
  • The structural support systems of the building.
  • A plan showing the procedure for the demolition of the building; detailed sequence of demolishing structural members; and the method of demolition to be adopted.
  • A plan showing all precautionary measures for the protection of the public including hoardings, covered walkways, catch platforms, catch fans, scaffolding, protective screens and safety nets.
  • Method of handling demolished building debris.
  • Time required for the complete demolition process etc.