The construction of swimming pools is a specialised field within the discipline of building engineering. This field combines engineering principles with building construction to create structurally sound, functional, safe, and aesthetically pleasing swimming pools within the regulations laid down by local city councils. Pools can extend from small undercover backyard spas to sizeable pools managed by hotels, exotic bespoke designed pools in eco-resorts, or large public Olympic 50 metre swimming pools owned and operated by city councils. They can be indoors or outdoors, and can be solitary or part of a chain of smaller plunge pools, diving pools, and children’s pools. Swimming pools can be manufactured from several common building materials such as fibreglass and concrete, but may also include metal and glass.
Constructing a swimming pool can be a challenging project that requires bulky earth-moving equipment operating in confined spaces, requiring a specific set of skills. Seeing pool construction through to completion includes the design, financial management, and planning of the safety and maintenance of all aspects of the project.
There are specific swimming pool standards that must be adhered to when carrying out construction activities, the violation of which could lead to legal matters. The most common requirement is the existence of a child-resistant pool fence of a minimum height (normally over a meter). There should be no means by which children coming from the street or from neighbouring properties should be able to access the water. Pools normally have to be registered with the state government.
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Experts in the field of swimming pool construction are essential in cases involving pool construction management, engineering management, general contracting, project management and safety engineering.
These experts may be required to provide expert opinion regarding swimming pool construction defects or where local council regulations have not been met. Other cases where expert opinion might be required may be in relation to contract disputes, unsafe or inefficient design, worker safety, construction contracts or violations of industry standards.
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Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report 2017
Swimming pools were the leading location for drowning among the 0-4 age group, accounting for almost half (45%) of all deaths, but fortunately there has been a 13% decrease against the 10 year average.
Pool inspection self-assessment checklists
This site provides various self-assessment checklists to give pool builders and owners an indication about whether or not their pool barrier meets the requirements in NSW. A professional inspector will use a more comprehensive and technical checklist that may result in a different outcome.
Andrew Charles MacDonald v Blue Mountains City Council  NSWLEC 1025
The Blue Mountains City Council issued Mr MacDonald with a direction under s23 of the Swimming Pools Act 1992 requiring him to provide a child-resistant barrier to his pool, compliant with the relevant Australian Standard.
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