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.
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.
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.
I am a practising residential building surveyor and have found this book and excellent read from start to finish.
This book is ideal for practising building surveyors, structural engineers and architects. Each defect is identified, de-constructed and explained in the greatest of clarity to help the reader diagnose structural defects with confidence.
I would strongly recommend this book as fantastic value for money.
As a qualified surveyor I feel this is an essential read for those studying the subject, it is also a thought provoking book for experienced surveyors. A systematic approach to movement and the causes with clear diagrams and photographs. Finally the book is of a more practical size; rather than the large manuals which have covered elements of this subject in the past.
For me this is an essential read for all students and trainee surveyors.
As a residential surveyor the book also has its merits, even for those qualified. The book provides a clear methodology by which cracks and movement can be identified and diagnosed on site with confidence.
So far, I have only read a couple of chapters but already found it to be most informative. As a property maintenance Surveyor, I inspect homes every day for defects and this book has already helped me with my diagnostic skills. I will never be without it in future.
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.