Conducting a Pre-Construction Survey

When CED’s engineers conduct a pre-construction survey, they are memorializing the condition of the existing properties before construction. The engineers take photographs, measurements, and, in some cases, use 3D laser scanning. The location, type, size, and orientation of any existing defects are cataloged and described for future use, should a claim or litigation arise.

CED also has the ability to monitor vibrations and noise in and around the construction site and adjacent properties. Monitoring vibrations and noise during construction can quantify these levels and determine the difference between an annoyance level or a level associated with potential damage to adjacent properties. Prior to breaking ground, CED can evaluate the type of construction and estimate the potential damages or annoyance levels that will be experienced at the surrounding properties to better define the scope of the pre-construction surveys and potential for claims.  

Based on accepted national standards, a pre-construction survey is a requirement and can protect the interests of both property owners and construction companies. The survey monitors the construction project to assist in mitigating potential damage to property. The survey documents the current condition of the property to assist in expediting any potential future claims of damage.

From pre-construction surveys to memorialize current conditions to the post-construction litigation phase, CED’s forensic engineers work to determine liability for construction claims. Hiring an engineer expert from CED early on during large construction projects saves money in the long run. Find out how CED can help your construction company or client manage the pre-construction survey process, contact us here.