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Dilapidation Surveys

What is a dilapidation survey ?

Dilapidation and condition surveys are non-destructive, visual inspections of a building, providing clients with a comprehensive understanding of the current asset condition and its ability to perform its required functions. 

A dilapidation and condition survey is a careful, non-destructive look at a building to understand how it is doing and whether it’s working as it should. We check things like the structure, electrical systems, safety measures, the outside, and the parts related to civil engineering. We compare how things are now to how they were designed to be to spot any problems.

The information we gather from these surveys helps our clients figure out what kind of maintenance the building needs in the short term and the long term. It also helps them plan when they might need to replace parts of the building over its lifetime.

Purpose of dilapidation survey

Purpose of dilapidation report

A dilapidation survey is important for several reasons, especially in the construction and property development industries. It involves the comprehensive inspection and documentation of the existing condition of a building, structure, or the surrounding environment before any construction or demolition work begins. The primary reasons why dilapidation surveys are important include:

  1. Risk Assessment: Dilapidation surveys help assess and document the existing condition of nearby structures, buildings, or infrastructure before construction or demolition work commences. This assessment is crucial for identifying any pre-existing damage, defects, or weaknesses that could be affected by the upcoming work. It allows property owners, construction companies, and relevant authorities to understand the potential risks and liabilities associated with the project.
  2. Dispute Prevention: Dilapidation surveys serve as a baseline reference for the condition of neighboring properties or structures. By documenting the existing state of these properties, it helps prevent disputes and claims that may arise from damage or alterations caused by the construction activities. If any issues arise during or after the project, the survey can be used as evidence to resolve disputes and determine responsibility.
  3. Legal and Insurance Purposes: In many jurisdictions, local building regulations or permits may require dilapidation surveys as part of the approval process for construction or demolition projects. These surveys can also be valuable for insurance purposes, helping property owners and construction companies obtain the appropriate insurance coverage and facilitating claims in case of unexpected damages.
  4. Due Diligence: Property developers, builders, and contractors need to exercise due diligence and demonstrate responsible practices. Dilapidation surveys help fulfill this requirement by ensuring that the potential impact of construction activities on neighboring properties and the surrounding environment is thoroughly assessed and documented.
  5. Preservation of Property Rights: Dilapidation surveys protect the property rights of all parties involved. Property owners have the right to ensure their properties are returned to their pre-construction or pre-demolition condition if damaged during the project. Conversely, construction companies have a record to protect themselves from unfounded claims and demonstrate that they are not responsible for pre-existing issues.
  6. Historical Documentation: For historical or heritage buildings, dilapidation surveys are essential to document the existing condition before any renovation or restoration work is undertaken. This documentation helps preserve the historical integrity of the structure and ensures that any modifications are in line with preservation guidelines.
  7. Public Relations: Conducting dilapidation surveys and following proper procedures demonstrates a commitment to responsible construction practices. This can enhance public relations and community relations by showing that the project is considerate of neighboring properties and the environment.

In summary, dilapidation surveys play a crucial role in protecting the interests of all parties involved in construction and demolition projects. They help prevent disputes, assess risks, fulfill legal requirements, and ensure responsible construction practices. Ultimately, these surveys contribute to a more transparent and accountable construction process

Dilapidation and Condition Survey in Abu Dhabi

Super Arc Consultant (SAC) condition surveys are undertaken in accordance with Global standards.

SAC offers a full range of specialist structural engineering and surveying services including comprehensive dilapidation and condition surveys, deformation surveys, subsidence monitoring, precise monitoring surveys and installation of piezometers and ground monitoring stations. We have completed a wide range of dilapidation (defects) surveys and deformation monitoring throughout UAE for;

  • Multi storey commercial and apartment developments
  • Heritage structures
  • Infrastructure, roads and rail tracks
  • Residential buildings
  • Dams, wharves, retaining walls
  • Cliff and Slip monitoring
  • Ground deformation monitoring
  • Construction sites

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