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Exponent Engineer to Present on Best Practices for Pre-Construction Surveys


May 17, 2012

On Wednesday, May 30th, Anthony M. Dolhon, P.E., Managing Engineer in Exponent's New York Office, will be giving a presentation on “Best Practices for Pre-Construction Surveys: Lessons Learned from Construction Claims.”  The presentation is sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) New York Metropolitan Section Forensic Engineering Group.


Demolition, excavation, underpinning, and construction performed in close proximity to existing buildings, and in particular buildings within an urban environment, especially in New York City, may cause damage to adjacent buildings ranging from the loss of serviceability to complete collapse. In these instances, disputes often arise over the cause and the extent of damage and the roles and responsibilities of the contractors performing the work and also the design of protection of the adjacent buildings.  This presentation will discuss some of the best practices for pre-construction surveys, including the qualifications of the consultant, timing of the survey, extent and identification of vulnerable areas, photographs, quantifying observed conditions, and the report.

Location and Registration Information

The lecture will be held at the The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in Manhattan from 6-8 pm, preceded by refreshments at 5:30 pm.  The presentation is being approved for 2 PDHs in continuing education credits and is free of charge for ASCE members and ASCE student members; there is a $25 fee for non-members.  Registration for this event can be found online.

For more information, please see the event calendar on the ASCE Metropolitan Section website