Training & Development

Assessing Building Movement

Of all the condition related problems a practitioner can encounter during an inspection, evidence of building movement is the one that causes the most anxiety.

Is the hairline crack caused by normal thermal and moisture movements or does it represent the early stages of foundation failure? Can an appropriately qualified person assess the problem or should the practitioner make the decision? Over confidence can put the surveyor in court while regular referrals to specialists can result in accusations of cautiousness and eventually loss of business

These courses and workshops will review the diagnostic process that practitioners are expected to follow and apply these to realistic photographic case studies. The course will suit those offering Condition and HomeBuyer Reports and building surveys.

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Course objectives

Although the courses can be tailored to your specific needs, after completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Identify and retrieve relevant information about building movement from appropriate sources;
  • Describe how structural movement can be identified, assessed, and reported;
  • Apply this knowledge to the assessment of a number of realistic examples;
  • Evaluate your own performance by comparing your own response to the model answers and identify your strengths and weaknesses, and;
  • Using this evaluation, set realistic objectives for your future professional development.

Course content

This topic area is so broad so it is impossible to cover every type of movement problem in one day. Usually, the course should include foundation failure, lateral instability of walls and floors and a variety of other movement related issues including cavity wall tie failure, sulphate problems and thermal expansion and contraction.

This course is available on request please ring the following number 01908 442212 for information on dates, venues and availability.