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The zero inspection of buildings is in its final stages

The Swedish Transport Administration, Trafikverkt, is in the process of completing the first inspection of buildings that are affected by the West Link and Olskroken Grade Separation projects.

The Swedish Transport Administration, Trafikverkt, is in the process of completing the first inspection of buildings that are affected by the West Link and Olskroken Grade Separation projects. Some 1 600 properties are affected in all. The documentation is one of several basic sources of input that will be used in the design work.

Zero inspection shows what the buildings look like today

All buildings within a distance of approximately 150 m from the planned railway infrastructure and buildings with sensitive foundations adjoining this area have been inspected. Walls, roofs possible crack patterns and basement areas have been documented in order to provide an impression of the status of the buildings. The zero inspection activities will be completed during the spring.

"The purpose of zero inspection is to provide us with a documented scenario of what the buildings look like today. The inspection is also one of many different types of basic data that are produced in order to identify the need for possible remedial work on the buildings," says Åse Täck, who works with real estate issues on the West Link and Olskroken Grade Separation projects.

Pre-inspection will be carried out prior to start of construction as well as post-inspections

At least another two inspections will be carried out: a preliminary inspection just before start of construction in 2018 and a post-inspection once the construction work in a particular area has been completed. If necessary, interim inspections will also be performed. All property owners will be contacted again before these inspections.

"The inspections are being conducted in accordance with Swedish Standards but with certain additions, for example photography with high definition photos of selected facades, in order to acquire even more detailed documentation prior to start of construction," concludes Åse.

At present work is in progress on the distribution of inspection reports to the property owners concerned.