Dilapidation Report

A dilapidation report assesses a building’s initial condition prior to the commencement of neighbouring property’s construction in order to protect the owners.
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When construction work is performed, it’s an unfortunate reality that the surrounding buildings may get damaged in the process. In most cases, diligent and careful construction work can prevent this type of damage, there are times when it happens regardless. This is why it’s imperative for property owners and builders to protect themselves before any construction work begins by assessing the structural integrity and overall condition of any adjoining property. Amongst structural engineers in Melbourne, it isn’t unheard of for a perfectly maintained building to show signs of damage following construction work done on an adjoining building.

The best way to ensure that everyone in this situation is protected is to have a thorough dilapidation report conducted prior to the construction.

A dilapidation report is a common and significant report in the Australian forensic structural engineering industry. In addition to protecting both property owners and builders, dilapidation surveys make the job of a forensic structural engineer much easier. A dilapidation report includes photographic evidence of a building’s condition prior to the commencement of construction works done on a neighboring property. However, it’s important to note that a dilapidation report differs greatly from a building damage inspection report or a forensic investigation report. These reports are conducted when a property owner suspects that damage has already been done to their property. A dilapidation report, on the other hand, is conducted prior to the risk of any damage to their property. While a building inspection report and building damage investigation report are conducted reactively, a dilapidation report is conducted proactively.

Due to the nature of a dilapidation report, if any damage to the property is found, its cause will not be investigated.

During this service, a forensic structural engineer’s sole job is to document the condition of a building before construction begins on a neighboring property. Part of this documentation will include the taking of high-quality pictures of every existing damage to the building. The purpose of this report is to have proof of the building’s original condition should anything go wrong during the construction work on the adjoining property. While our senior forensic structural engineers are trained to identify and provide MFS Engineering solutions for any damage done to a property, that task is only included in other services.

At MFS Engineering, we have been working in the Australian forensic structural engineering industry for years, so we know that dilapidation surveys are usually requested for several buildings at once. For this reason, we have an entire highly-trained team of junior engineers to manage all dilapidation projects efficiently and cost-effectively.

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