‘Building surveyors look at bricks and quantity surveyors count them’.
Of course, there is an element of truth in this statement, but it’s far too ‘static’. The surveying profession moves with the times, utilising new technology to improve and grow. It’s exciting – sexy even!
Take building pathology, for instance – the study and resolution of defects in buildings and other structures. (Stay with me here).
Typical issues assessed on a survey might be the physical failure of structural components, damp, deleterious materials, insect infestation, rot, thermal insulation, ground movement, moisture movement, thermal movement – the list is extensive.
Building surveyors have always used their experience, knowledge, skill and expertise to identify, investigate and determine the nature of building defects and recommend the most appropriate course of action to remedy the problem. But physically getting to the cause of the problem isn’t always easy. Diagnosis can be intrusive and – if we are being completely honest – damaging to the fabric of the building and expensive.
Technology is changing this.
Building surveyors now have at their disposal use a range of non-invasive investigation techniques as well as specialist equipment (hygrometers, anemometers, flow rate meters, endoscopes, rigid cavity cameras and air leakage testing equipment) to help them understand what is happening to buildings.
But we think the most recent weapon to be added to the building surveyor’s arsenal is a real game-changer – the thermal imaging camera. Thermal imaging cameras use infrared radiation to create digital images, known as thermograms.
Areas that were once impossible to reach without intrusive (and expensive) investigation are now effortlessly revealed. A thermography survey can identify defects invisible to the naked eye, within flat roofs and walls, under floors and internal services. Truly non-invasive and very quick it is a huge step forward and one that we have embraced fully at DCP.
Associate, Richard Bedford, is an ITC certified thermographer who specialises in building thermography. Equipped with a state-of-the-art professional thermal imaging camera, he is already in high demand with commercial and expert witness clients. The results of his surveys speak for themselves.
These images were taken during the inspection of a bespoke glazed roof within an orangery. An initial visual inspection indicated no problems at all, but when viewed using the thermal imaging camera, an issue was immediately apparent – the double glazed seal had failed.
Simon Jacklin, Senior Partner, says, ‘Building surveying is a cornerstone of our practice. By combining the advantages offered by thermography with our professional expertise and personal service we are delighted to be extending and enhancing our building surveying services’.
To find out more about our thermography services, contact Richard Bedford on 01206 751284.