Flashcards in Inspection Deck (59)
Name different types of Building Surveys you have undertaken?
Schedules of Condition
Planned Preventative Maintenance Survey
What kind of information would you review for presence of Asbestos in commercial building?
Asbestos management plan - this includes asbestos register which identifies presence of asbestos (where and what materials).
What information would you consider for reinstatement cost assessment?
Restrictions on demolition rebuilding
specialist features / topography
What guidance would you use to 'Measure Up'?
RICS Professional Statement on Property Measurement.
What are the drawbacks with a protimeter?
Not accurate in masonry structures
Readings are dependant on probes connections
Pick up metal beading as windows
How do you calibrate a moisture meter?
The protimeter in house has a pin 'calibration checker;. This provides a constant reading of 18%.
This should be done prior to every use.
How do you calibrate a disto?
Measure a known surface or use a tape measure to check accuracy.
What are some of the drawbacks with a disto?
Effected by light conditions
Does not work on certain materials
What is the purpose of the Calicum Carbide Test and how does this work?
This is the most accurate and fastest way to identify moisture.
Brick or plaster is placed in an air tight pressurised container along with calcium carbide. If there is moisture present it will react with the calcium carbide to produce acetylene.
Are there alternative to the Calcium Carbide Test?
Yes there is the Gravimetric test, this is accurate however takes much longer to provide results.
You note that you use rates from BCIS and Kycloud, what is the most accurate source of data?
Explain methodology for undertaking schedule of condition?
Externally I would work from chimney, ridge, roof covering, eaves, external walls, windows down to the lower sections. Internally I would work methodically, ceilings, walls, floors joinery.
When would you understand an SOC?
Practical completion of works
Commencement of Lease
What was the purpose of the Calcium Carbide test?
Significant pooling under LW4 insulation and roof covering. This was to find out if moisture had penetrated the concrete and potentially lead to spalling concrete.
What was the cause of the defects identified when carrying out the PPM to anyone of the buildings mentioned and how did you advise your client on required remedial works?
Water ingress adjacent fixed openings as a result of defunct primary sealants.
Defective single ply membranes.
All defects were entered into a spread sheet along with priorities and remedial requirements.
To clarify significant defects i met with my client and advised of the requirements, prognosis.
With defective roof slates example was there any further damage to the roofing timbers? What would you expect to find?
Undersized rafters with inadequate support
Purlins of the incorrect size
Condensation and mould
What is the purpose of PI?
1 - Protects firm from financial loss
2-Firms clients are protected
3-Firm/insured member protected against liability to pay damages to third parties.
What is Rule 9 for firms?
Regarding the roof slates what repair works did you specify?
I ensured i checked for calcium sulphate degradation / blistering and cracking or delimitation.
There were numerous slipped and broken slate, although they did not required wholesale replacement. I advised replacing individually using aluminium alloy nails and tingles as lower slate could not be nailed into position.
As the roof was listed i ensured the advise included welsh slate for hue.
When specifying roof works can you explain criteria needed to be met in terms of building regulations?
Part 1 - Structure (SER)
Part 2 - Fire
Part 11 Conservation of Fuel and power
Resistance to moisture and ventilation
What is the surveyors Mind Map?
(RICS Guidance) Breaks up the house into sections
What are the key points in the Surveying Safely Guidance Note?
Safe Person Concept
Visiting Premises and Site
What typical risks would you consider for an inspection?
Asbestos and Other Deleterious Substances
Can you give examples of different types of inspection?
Would you always use specialist consultants on inspections?
This depends on my experience, competency, qualifications and building element (Structural/M&E, etc).
Select one type of inspection and explain what you would be looking for during that inspection?
EXPAND ON THIS FOR PPMS/Leve 3 SURVEYS
Condition Report (level 1)
Traffic light ratings of different elements
Summary of risks
Other matters (legal/guarantees)
Identify elements without opening up/intrusive investigation and provide condition ratings (3-serious, 2 repairs require not urgent, 1 good condition maintain).
What equipment could you use for non intrusive inspection?
Some tools but not opening up
What sort of info do you assess for desktop studies prior surveys?
Listing status (if any) / conservation area
Are SOC only applicable for dilaps?
Done for pre building works (to surrounding area of ?? La Motte Street