A close up image of two types of soil

What services do geotechnical engineers provide?

Geotechnical engineers assess the attributes and bearing capacity of soil. They do this by obtaining and testing soil samples from an existing or proposed building site. They may also monitor a construction process if risks are identified during soil testing. The information provided by geotechnical engineers will affect the design of foundations, potential size of…

Sketch of simple floor plan of single storey house

What is a floor plan?

Floor plans give a top-down view of each floor within a building. They “are like cross sections which are taken horizontally half way up the wall” (National VET E-learning Strategy, BCGBC4007A: Prepare Documentation: Floor Plans). Floor plans are drawn to scale (usually 1:100) and show the position of rooms, walls and openings such as doors…

Sketch of a simple site plan for buidling a house

What is a site plan?

A site plan is a top view of a specific lot of land. It shows the location of structures (proposed or existing) in relation to the lot boundaries and contours. A site plan will usually include features such as: boundary dimensions compass bearings contour lines distance-to-boundary limits (building line limits and/or set backs) easements, driveways,…

Sketch of imaginary certificate of title for land in Australia

What is a Certificate of Title?

A certificate of title is a legal document used to accurately identify the location, borders and current owners of a specific lot of land. The document may also describe any encumbrances (such as caveats) that may exist and the most recent valuation of the land. The information on a certificate of title document is sourced…

Photo of person washing hands over bathroom vanity sink

What is a polymarble vanity top?

Polymarble is essentially a moulded plastic. It can look great and minor scratches can (apparently) be sanded away. However, there is one major disadvantage with polymarble: maximum water heat 60 degrees Celsius Water temperates over 60 degrees Celsius can cause the plastic to blister. If your hot water system has a temperature control setting, this…