The course materials are delivered via a combination of presentations, interactive discussions, group work and mini exercises to embed learning and to develop skills and applications of knowledge. The following content will be covered during the course:
Day 1, session 1 – Introduction to building pathology
This session starts with an introduction to building pathology – definition of key terms and scope of work. We evaluate the different stages and process of design and construction works from inception to completion, including:
- Defects in design
- Defects in construction
- Defects during the building lifecycle (movement, settlement, differential movement, thermal movement, wear and tear and so on).
Further topics covered in this session include:
- The need for and types of inspections to assess property condition – property life cycle (acquisition, occupation, disposal and development)
- Taking instructions (limitations, liability, data room and document review, client’s requirements, the premises, confirming instructions, other consultants)
- Equipment used by surveyors during inspections.
- Need for, and considerations of, technical due diligence - how to prepare for and conduct a technical due diligence inspection. Techniques for carrying out property inspections
- Agreement between parties
- General property description
Day 1, session 2 – Diagnosing building defects and remedial works
This session covers the recognition of the functional requirements and performance of building materials and components, including typical defects, causes of failure, likely results and appropriate remedial measures, focusing on high density commercial and residential buildings:
- Building structure – how and why buildings move, and how to diagnose a crack
- Building fabric – roof, façade and cladding defects and when to seek further specialist advice.
Day 2, session 1 – Diagnosing building defects and remedial works
The recognition of the functional requirements and performance of building materials and components, including typical defects, causes of failure, likely results and appropriate remedial measures, focusing on high density commercial and residential buildings:
- The impact of dampness, condensation, timber infestation and decay, concrete failure, and flood damage on buildings
- External areas
- Building services
- Advanced inspection techniques.
Day 2, session 2 - Diagnosing building defects and remedial works and technical due diligence report writing
This final session focuses on other relevant building defects and compliance issues, including:
- Fire precautions
- Environmental considerations
- Deleterious and hazardous materials
- Sustainability and resilience issues
- Cultural heritage
- Legal and title issues
The final part of the session illustrates best practice in writing and reporting on building defects - the report – layout and contents.
Wrap up and finish.