Working as an Independent Forensic Engineer, and having helped many people reach the outcome they deserve when disputing structural problems (some of which can be seen in Case Studies), I am certain that I am already well placed to help you with your concerns. I am so familiar with the tricks and phrases used by inspectors and insurers to avoid paying out, I can probably predict entire conversations with them, and more importantly, tell you how to reply!
It could be that you need a short report on my findings to arm yourself against your insurer, or for those less confident about the structure of their house, I can be there every step of the way to explain the process in a way that you will understand.
In short, I know what I’m talking about and I want you to understand it as well.
Examples of the some of the homes whose owners I have helped can be seen in Case Studies, and below are extracts of my past work, included here to demonstrate the diversity of my background and skills. Understanding the structure of a house is child’s play when you’ve managed the building of an airport! It’s a shame the majority of the inspectors sent out by insurers obviously haven’t had half this experience – or then again, maybe they’re just in on the act?
The preliminary design for the $60M redevelopment of RAF Fairford.
I designed the new runway, taxiway and apron elevations, thickness type and quantified the excavated and new materials for the Bill of Quantities.
Roughly 1,000,000m2 of relaid concrete.
Designed to take B52 bombers or even the B-2.
Construction of Dharavandhoo Domestic Airport
As Project Manager I completed the outline design of a new airport on the island of B Dharavandhoo in the Maldives, responsible for the runway location, aircraft turning areas, apron, clearways and terminal design, estimated cost of the project $5M.
Agreement singned on 10/12/2007.
- Overall Project’s 19% of works completed.
- Runway Stript Clearing.
- Backfill & Compaction.
- Dredging and Reclamation (Sand pipes connected to the dredger and floaters are being assembled) temporary sand bed formed to stock pile the dredging material. No progress due to bad weather.
- Material purchase for buildings & runway.
- Production of 35mm corel aggregates (1100m3).
50M euro construction of the TransCaprivi Highway trunk road
Opened in 1999 and runs from Rundu, in north eastern Namibia, along the Caprivi Strip to Katima Mulilo on the Zambezi River which forms the border between Namibia and Zambia. As an employee of the World Bank I was charged with inspections of the Contractors work.
Construction Involved the following:
- Construction of 217 km single carriageway, 2-lane surfaced road, plus 47 km of gravel link roads.
- 1 530 000 m3 Sand fill
- Pre-cast concrete drainage structures
- 745 000 m 3 Sand selected subgrade
- 3 In situ concrete access culverts
- 320 000 m3 Grave subbase
- 79 000 m 3 Gravel shoulders
- 967 000 m 2 19.0 mm Single seal with asphalt
- 173 000 m3 Crushed G4, base course
Designer of a 26,000m2 cardboard production factory, with a 90m clear span barrel vaulted roof, at the time a world record.
Difficulties with this design was in using the newer technology of cellular beams over the industry norm castellated beam. A close working relationship with the beam manufactures was required to develop the software necessary to check the calculations.
Further adding to the design difficulties, the factory is built on a caulk formation.