The simplest method to assess and document damages in a structure are quality, detail driven pre-construction surveys and documentation. The structure in question is thoroughly inspected immediately prior to construction work being done. If any complaints of damages due to construction vibration are filed, we may then conduct a post-construction survey. The two surveys are then compared to determine if there are cracks and fissures present after the construction that were not present prior. This information, along with monitoring data and records of any other local events, are valuable in determining property damage liability.
Typical sources of construction vibration damage include pile driving, vibration rollers, heavy construction equipment, bulldozers, backhoes, blasting and construction-related sinkholes.
Pre-Construction Survey of Structures Surrounding the Construction Site
A pre-construction survey (PCS) is a process for recording the pre-existing conditions of a property before construction begins. The interior of the home where visible defects such as cracks, existing water damage, or wall separation are present. Digital photographs of the defects are taken. No furniture or wall hanging pictures are moved. On the exterior, defects are likewise photographed, an in cases of long-running defects, video may be taken. Markings used to identify sewer and other such construction will also be recorded.
The survey benefits all of the parties involved (contractor, insurer, municipality, and the homeowner). In the event there are changes to the rolex replica sale conditions on the structure during the course of construction, this documentation will serve to establish a baseline of conditions prior to construction commencing.
Construction Site Documentation
Using information gathered in our pre-construction survey, BECC Company provides first rate documentation of all landmarks, driveways, roads and signs in easy to read reports. Pictures taken during the survey will be provided in the form of an easy to view html document. This document is often divided into sections arranged by street or proximity to the construction area.
Video from the pre-construction survey will also be provided in an easy to view format, usually as a movie file burned to DVD. Movie scenes are also arranged by street or proximity to the construction. Video does have commentary as our professionals point out important details of cracks, fissures and other pre-existing damage or structural weakness.
Construction Vibration Monitoring and Analysis
BECC Company provides a complete monitoring and analysis service. This service includes the monitoring of vibration levels at all necessary sensitive locations, control of vibration levels during the work period if necessary, analysis of vibration levels measured, complete report detailing levels of vibration monitored, wave traces and/or histograms of vibration at monitor stations, confirmation of compliance with necessary limits or regulations.
We maintain a fleet of vibration monitoring equipment for vibration control, assessment and analysis. This equipment is suitable for many industrial applications including blasting activities, pile driving, compacting works, drilling equipment, etc. Much of this equipment is available for hire including vibration monitors and vibration alarms which are equipped with a beacon and siren that activates when vibration exceeds a set level. BECC Company can provide hands-on training in the use of all equipment and applicable software.