Creating a hydraulic system requires that project requirements are met according to specific standards. This is why you need the expertise of a hydraulic engineer to ensure a well-designed and fully-compliant hydraulic system. At the very least, speak to a consultant to review your design and improve where needed.
An overview of hydraulic engineering
A sub-discipline of civil engineering, hydraulic engineering looks into how fluids flow and move primarily in sewers and water systems. This is why it is closely linked to environmental and sanitary engineering. It is also used in designing levees, dams, bridges, canals, and channels.
Hydraulic engineering uses fluid mechanics to develop solutions and infrastructure related to the use of water and its collection, control, storage, regulation, transport, and measurement.
Between a hydraulic engineer and a plumbing engineer, the former has more skills in knowledge in the principle used in hydraulic engineering. Nonetheless, most building projects will require the expertise of both professionals.
Why do you need an engineer for hydraulic?
Because they have knowledge of the various standards and specifications that must be met. With their help, the risk of your project failing the hydraulic assessment is minimised if not eliminated. This means any project delays are also avoided.
For commercial and industrial premises that need to deal with trade waste, for example, the Queensland Urban Utilities require that:
- Hydraulic plans to be submitted must meet specific requirements set by the council
- Preparing for the plans must be done based on the Trade Waste Hydraulic Plan Guideline
- Only pre-treatment devices approved by the Register of Authorised Basic Pre-treatment Devices are used
- Oil Silt
- Grease Silt Register
- Other Infrastructure
Without prior knowledge of such, you wouldn’t know that there are certain trade waste drainage requirements and that grease and oil arrestors must be of the right size.
Failure to use the require pre-treatment devices would mean your application could be rejected or that you’ll need to submit additional documents. As simple as speaking to a hydraulic or plumbing consultant will spare you from major headaches.
It is also through professional advice that you’ll know that it’s acceptable to deviate from design specifics provided that you obtain a Trade Waste Consent from Urban Utilities. Otherwise, plumbing compliance assessment will not happen.
What hydraulic services are on offer?
These vary from one company to another, but the most common are:
- Building information modelling (BIM)
- Feasibility studies
- Development applications
- Contract administration
- Services auditing
- Peer reviews
- Tender evaluation
- Due diligence
- Concept design and detailed design
- Plumbing approvals and estimating
- Cost plans and budget estimates
- Construction support
- Installation inspections
It is also important to note that the service provider you choose guarantees a hydraulic engineer who can determine risks in the longer-term and provide the appropriate solutions. Their ideas should also ensure:
- Time and money saved
- Lower risks
- Endure throughout the lifecycle of a project
Consult with an expert
When you partner with experts in hydraulic systems, you effectively protect your investment. Spare yourself from legal problems and costly mistakes right at the start of a project right through to completion.
This is where DMA Engineers can help. They have a team of engineers and consultants, including an MEP consultant, who can help ensure the success of your project. For more details, check it out at https://dmaengineers.com.au/services/hydraulics/