Structural Appraisals - Learning from Building Failures

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This one day training course uses a combination of tutorials and case studies to describe what classic structural defects to expect, the symptoms to look for, the principles of repair, and the likely consequences of inaction.

The programme considers:

  • Georgian, Victorian and 20th Century periods
  • Traditional low and medium rise structures
  • Commercial, residential and institutional uses
  • Vernacular materials: timber, brick and stone
  • Engineered materials: iron, steel and concrete
  • Case study worksheets provided for delegate participation


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Programme Overview

Sessions begin at 9:00 and finish at 17:00. Morning and afternoon coffee breaks and lunch are included in the programme.

Session 1 - Structural Surveys
Session 2 - Causes of Structural Movement
Session 3 - Georgian and Victorian Problems
Session 4 - Edwardian and Inter-Wars Problems
Session 5 - Group Exercise
Session 6 - Post-War Defects


Clive Richardson
BSc (Hons) FICE FIStructE IHBC

Clive is a technical director of one of the UK’s top ten engineering consultancies, with many years of specialist experience in the appraisal, repair, and development of buildings. The tutor is also a Visiting Lecturer in Structural Movement at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London and the RICS/College of Estate Management, Reading. His daily work spans residential, commercial, and institutional property, to the continuing care of Westminster Abbey in London. He is also author of many technical works, including The AJ Guide to Structural Surveys.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this course delegates should understand:
  • How the quality of construction varies through the ages
  • What classic structural defects to expect in traditional Georgian, Victorian, and 20th century buildings
  • How to anticipate and allow for hidden major defects
  • The seven generic causes of structural movement, and how to deal with them
  • When structural problems are serious, and how to avoid structural failure and collapse
Who Should Attend?

This training course is ideal for:

  • Engineers
  • Architects
  • Planners
  • Building surveyors
  • Conservation officers
  • Archaeologists
  • Property managers
  • Insurers
  • Due diligence lawyers

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