Architectural Forensics

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McGraw Hill Professional, Mar 4, 2008 - Architecture - 456 pages
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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


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Defining Architectural Forensics
The AssignmentInvestigation
The Forensic Architects Role Scope In Evaluations Acquisitions
The EvaluationInvestigation Process
Nondestructive and Destructive Testing
Forensic Photogrammetry
The Building Site
Structural Systems
Vertical Transportation Systems
Interior Systems
Exterior Closure SystemsBuilding Envelope
Interior Air QualityEnvironmental Issues
Natural Hazards
Additional Issues
Your Own Office And Web Site
Litigation Dispute Resolution and the Expert Witness

Roofing Systems
Heating Ventilating Air Conditioning HVAC Systems
Electrical Lighting Systems
Plumbing Systems
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Page 421 - Use. Refers to those interior and exterior rooms, spaces, or elements that are made available for the use of a restricted group of people (for example, occupants of a homeless shelter, the occupants of an office building, or the guests of such occupants). Cross Slope. The slope that is perpendicular to the direction of travel (see running slope). Curb Ramp.
Page 425 - New construction. (a) Design and construction. Each facility or part of a facility constructed by, on behalf of, or for the use of a recipient...
Page 17 - The Architect will review and approve or take other appropriate action upon Contractor's submittals such as Shop Drawings, Product Data and Samples, but only for conformance with the design concept of the Work and with the information given in the Contract Documents.
Page 352 - Entry doors to acute care hospital bedrooms for in-patients shall be exempted from the requirement for space at the latch side of the door (see dimension "x
Page 425 - Use. Describes interior or exterior rooms or spaces that are made available to the general public. Public use may be provided at a building or facility that is privately or publicly owned. Ramp.
Page 406 - Rule 603. Oath or Affirmation Before testifying, every witness shall be required to declare that the witness will testify truthfully, by oath or affirmation administered in a form calculated to awaken the witness' conscience and impress the witness
Page 352 - The minimum space between two hinged or pivoted doors in series shall be 48 in (1220 mm) plus the width of any door swinging Into the space. Doors In series shall swing either in the same direction or away from the space between the doors (see Fig. 26).
Page 421 - A Change Order is a written order to the Contractor signed by the Owner and the Architect, issued after the execution of the Contract, authorizing a Change in the Work or an adjustment in the Contract Sum or the Contract Time.
Page 78 - Sensing, is the art, science, and technology of obtaining reliable information about physical objects and the environment through processes of recording, measuring, and interpreting photographic images and patterns of electromagnetic radiant energy and other phenomena.
Page 426 - Site. A parcel of land bounded by a property line or a designated portion of a public rightof-way. sit< T^nproveTn^Tft Landscaping, paving for pedestrian and vehicular ways, outdoor lighting, recreational facilities, and the like, added to a site.

About the author (2008)

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).

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