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Testing and Verification

Static testing is aimed at the verification of structures with an essentially static function within the scope of the construction of the work. Its scope and modalities-more generally Technical Standards for Construction-are defined by Ch. 9 of Ministerial Decree Jan. 17, 2018. The chapter states verbatim that: “Static testing, understood as a procedure governed by the current sector laws, is aimed at evaluating and judging the performance, as defined by these standards, of the works and structural components included in the project and any variants filed with the competent control bodies. If successful, the procedure is concluded with the issuance of the acceptance certificate.”
Static testing must include:

  • The inspection of structures in the various stages of construction of the work
  • The examination of certificates of material evidence
  • The examination of the design of the work
  • The examination of any supplementary evidence
  • The review of the Completed Structure Report prepared by the structural construction management

Structural elements are generally no longer fully inspectable following installation. Static testing is understood to be in-progress testing, with the exception of some special cases. For this reason, the laboratory for nondestructive testing is a valuable support for the inspector who, in agreement with the Construction Management, can prescribe some supplementary verifications to reach the judgment of testability of the work: these include static load tests.