Successfully Conduct and Report on Any Architectural Forensic Investigation Architectural Forensics clearly defines the role, responsibilities, and essential work of forensic architects. This unique resource offers comprehensive coverage of building defects and failures, types of failure mechanisms, and job-critical tasks such as fieldwork, lab testing, formulating opinions, and providing expert testimony. Packed with 300 illustrations, in-depth case studies, and numerous sample documents, this vital reference takes you step-by-step through every phase of conducting investigations!diagnosing building failures! preventing and curing building defects!and reporting on findings. The book also includes strategies for avoiding liability and resolving disputes-potentially saving vast amounts of time and money.
Authoritative and up-to-date, Architectural Forensics features: Full details on conducting investigations and reporting on architectural forensics Clear guidance on preventing and curing building defects and failures In-depth coverage of field work, photogrammetry, and lab testing Practical insights into litigation, dispute resolution, and expert testimony Solid business advice on presentation methods, marketing, and setting up an office and website A valuable CD with sample forms, checklists, templates, and cost data Inside This Complete Architectural Forensics Toolkit / Theory and Application of Architectural Forensics / Building Systems: Design, Evaluation, and the Forensic Architect / Building Systems and Other Issues: Failures, Causes, Prevention, and Remediation / The Forensic Consultant: Investigative Techniques, Litigation, and the Final Report / Business Development / Abbreviations and Acronyms / Glossary / Sample Documents
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter 1. Defining Architectural Forensics Chapter 2. The Assignment/Investigation Chapter 3. The Forensic Architect's Role & Scope in Evaluations & Acquisitions Chapter 4. The Evaluation/Investigation Process Chapter 5. Nondestructive and Destructive Testing Chapter 6. Forensic Photogrammetry Chapter 7. The Building Site Chapter 8. Structural Systems Chapter 9. Roofing Systems Chapter 10. Heating, Ventilating & Air Conditioning (HVAC) Systems Chapter 11. Electrical & Lighting Systems Chapter 12. Plumbing Systems Chapter 13. Vertical Transportation Systems Chapter 14. Interior Systems Chapter 15. Exterior Closure Systems--Building Envelope Chapter 16. Interior Air Quality--Environmental Issues Chapter 17. Natural Hazards Chapter 18. Additional Issues Chapter 19. Your Own Office and Web Site Chapter 20. Litigation, Dispute Resolution, and the Expert Witness Acronyms & Glossary Bibliography Index
Sam A.A. Kubba, PhD, (Herndon, VA) has more than 30 years' experience in all aspects of construction. He is an award-winning architect, and has worked as a general contractor, interior designer, and property developer. His practice includes projects in the U.S., U.K., and the Middle East. He has appeared on numerous TV and radio talk shows including the BBC World Service, CNN, Lehrer Hour, CNBC, and was featured in the documentary film Fahrenheit 9/11. He is currently a consultant for the United Nations Office for Project Services, and his books include Mesopotamian Furniture (Oxford, 2006) and Space Planning for Commercial and Residential Interiors (McGraw-Hill, 2003).