FAQs

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    What is value engineering?

    Value engineering is a systematic method to improve the "value" of goods or products and services by using an examination of function. Value, as defined, is the ration of function to cost. Value can
    therefore be increased by either improving the function or reducing the cost. It is a primary tenet of value engineering that basic functions be preserved and not be reduced as a consequence of pursuing value improvements. (Wikipedia)

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    What is design-build?

    Design-build (or design/build, and abbreviated D-B or D/B accordingly) is a construction project delivery system where, in contrast to "design-bid-build" (or "design-tender"), the design and construction aspects are contracted for with a single entity known as the design-builder or design-build contractor. The design-builder is usually the general contractor, but in many cases it is also the design professional (architect or engineer). This system is used to minimize the project risk for an owner and to reduce the delivery schedule by overlapping the design phase and construction phase of a project. Where the design-builder is the contractor, the design professionals are typically retained directly by the contractor. The most efficient design-builder has design and construction professionals working directly for the same at-risk entity. This is one of the oldest forms of construction since developing from the "master builder" approach. (Wikipedia)

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    What is the difference between an architect and a structural engineer?

    The structural engineer often works closely with an architect. The structural engineer must understand the architect's plan and design, so that the structural support elements can be placed so that they complement the design rather than interfere with it. To read more: http://www.brighthub.com/engineering/civil/articles/42768.aspx#ixzz0xLqlhjWf

    Guidance on appointing a structural engineer (the Institution of Structural Engineers)
    http://www.findanengineer.com/files/Clients_Guide.pdf

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    Why would I need a structural survey?

    There are various reasons why a structural inspection is required. Often it is asked for by the mortgage provider when potential problems have been identified by the valuation report or the Homebuyer reports and an opinion form a qualified structural engineer is required. Some time, it is necessary for determining whether a particular wall is load bearing or not to assist in the proposed alteration or extension works.

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    What is a structural inspection?

    It is primarily a visual inspection carried out by an experienced and qualified structural engineer to determine whether the property is suffering from any obvious structural problems including subsidence, floor and wall cracking and other general structural stability issues; and if so what are the causes and remedial options. Often the best and most appropriate repair solutions can only be established after further intrusive investigation including removal of wall/floor covering, preparation of trial holes to reveal the existing foundation etc has been carried out. The other reason for a structural inspection is to establish the construction of the building in order to determine what structural work is required during a house extension and/or alteration works.

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    Do you do drainage inspections as well?

    We can arrange for a drainage survey, including a CCTV survey and covering all below ground sewer, to be undertaken on behalf of the client.

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    Do you inspect newly built/Victorian properties?

    We are experience and able to inspect properties of all ages, types and construction. Different buildings have different characteristic and it is the structural engineer’s job to determine the structural problem, if any.

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    Will I be able to attend the inspection?

    The client is welcome to attend the inspection as often the issue can be discussed and the way forwarded agreed there and then. This can save time and money.

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    How quickly can I get my report?

    The report is usually available within 3 working days after the site inspection. This is naturally subject to our work load and other commitment. However we can agree dates with you prior to the receipt of your written instruction to proceed.

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    What qualifications do licensed Professional Engineers have?

    The inspection and reporting work will be undertaken by an experienced and qualified chartered structural engineer.

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    Do you have insurance?

    We have adequate Professional Indemnity Insurance from an UK based insurer to cover all general works associated with structural inspection works for residential properties.

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    How much does a structural inspection cost?

    The cost is dependent on what is required including the size of the property, the purpose of the report – mortgage or extension and the type of report – full or brief. The usual cost is between £250 to £750 plus VAT.

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    How long do we have before we have to pay?

    First time client will have to pay 50% of the agreed fee before the report is released and the rest within 1 week from the receipt of the report.