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Practical Guide to Diagnosing Structural Movement in Buildings [Kindle Edition]

Malcolm Holland
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"What's the Crack?"

When cracking is observed in a building the most common reaction is that it must be the foundations and that it must be serious.

Many surveyors are nervous about diagnosing cracks. This is understandable, as the interpretation of cracks can be difficult to teach, with university courses providing little or no time for field experience. Yet by understanding one straightforward principle the majority of cracks can be diagnosed in just a few minutes. Linking this with a good knowledge of construction techniques, the factors that distort cracking patterns and the key features of common causes of cracking, almost all cracks can be diagnosed quickly and with confidence.

Practical Guide to Diagnosing Structural Movement in Buildings provides a methodology by which cracks and movement in buildings can be diagnosed. Written in four parts, part one describes the key principles of movement and cracking. Parts two and three describe the main features of common forms of movement and the associated crack patterns. Part two covers causes other than ground or foundation movement and part three covers movement caused by ground or foundation problems. Part four briefly describes the techniques used to arrest further movement or repair damage cause by movement.

Primarily intended for the relatively inexperienced surveyor or engineer and undergraduate students of surveying as a practical guide for use on site, it focuses on identification and diagnosis. It will not only help in correctly diagnosing the problem but it will also demonstrate a methodical approach to show and record how the diagnosis was reached – critical when giving advice to third parties.

"What's the crack?" - In the vast majority of cases it's not foundation related and in most cases it's not indicating a serious defect.



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“We would go so far as to say that this is an excellent first read for new surveyors who are developing an understanding of structural defects and a very useful guide for those who want to understand more about what may be encountered when looking at buildings.”  ( Property Care Association , 1 September 2012)

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"What′s the Crack?" When cracking is observed in a building the most common reaction is that it must be the foundations and that it must be serious. Many surveyors are nervous about diagnosing cracks. This is understandable, as the interpretation of cracks can be difficult to teach, with university courses providing little or no time for field experience. Yet by understanding one straightforward principle the majority of cracks can be diagnosed in just a few minutes. Linking this with a good knowledge of construction techniques, the factors that distort cracking patterns and the key features of common causes of cracking, almost all cracks can be diagnosed quickly and with confidence. Practical Guide to Diagnosing Structural Movement in Buildings provides a methodology by which cracks and movement in buildings can be diagnosed. Written in four parts, part one describes the key principles of movement and cracking. Parts two and three describe the main features of common forms of movement and the associated crack patterns. Part two covers causes other than ground or foundation movement and part three covers movement caused by ground or foundation problems. Part four briefly describes the techniques used to arrest further movement or repair damage cause by movement. Primarily intended for the relatively inexperienced surveyor or engineer and undergraduate students of surveying as a practical guide for use on site, it focuses on identification and diagnosis. It will not only help in correctly diagnosing the problem but it will also demonstrate a methodical approach to show and record how the diagnosis was reached – critical when giving advice to third parties. "What′s the crack?" – In the vast majority of cases it′s not foundation related and in most cases it′s not indicating a serious defect.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3493 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (4 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008D30M9U
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #454,904 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential part of the surveyor's 'toolkit' 14 Dec. 2013
By Sam P
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This is an excellent book and essential reading for trainee surveyors, students, graduates and experienced professionals alike!!

I have been very fortunate to join the author on building surveys and residential property valuations, whilst undertaking my residential survey and valuation training; I recently qualified as a AssocRICS surveyor.

Structural movement can, of course, have such an adverse impact on the value of a property and the 'Practical Guide to Diagnosing Structural Movement in Buildings' is a very user friendly book; ideal to have by your side when evaluating site notes, observations and photographs.

SP
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Crack 21 July 2014
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This book is absolutely essential for anyone doing building surveys. Malcolm's no jargon and plain english writing is an absolute joy compared to some of the stuff I've waded through over the years. If you ever get the chance to hear him deliver a talk on this subject I certainly recommend it. The other thing I like about this book is that it's small enough to come out on site with me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Diagnosing Structural Movement in Buildings 5 Nov. 2012
By Jay
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I am a retired building surveyor, aged 68. I found the First Principles section presented a clear understanding of how to diagnose crack patterns. I wish this book had been available years ago and I recommend it to all budding and existing building surveyors. The rest of the book is also very informative and gives easy to understand reasons for all types of movements that can be found in buildings. It describes and answers all the questons I have come to ask over the years and I feel very confident in being able to identify the cause of cracking based on the simple princibles described in this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive gude 14 Sept. 2013
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This book is a must for the trainee and experienced surveyor alike. Easy to read and free of unnecessary jargon, the author should be congratulated on an excellent read, i couldnt put it down. It should in time become the definitive guide for all things movement in buildings. Cant wait for his next tome.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review 1 Oct. 2012
By MRG
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A really well written guide for interpretation.

Good for students but also excellent for seasoned practitioners forming a useful clear reference point and giving justification to decision making.
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By sue
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bought for my husband as he knows the guy that wrote the book, it's a reference book so will be looked at when he needs to check something, he's thrilled with it.
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