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J.S. Held expands Surety Practice in Western United States with the acquisition of Benchmark Consulting Services.

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The First Step in a Proper Site Evaluation: Health & Safety Analysis

While some hazards are readily visible and easily noticeable, others are hidden. Whether it’s a roof evaluation or a major fire to a manufacturing plant, being properly prepared for site hazards with adequate equipment for access and personal protective equipment (PPE) is paramount. But how...

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The Vulnerability of Dams: A Rising Threat to Life & Property

There is an increasing risk of dam failures which result in loss of life and property throughout the United States. As metropolitan areas continue to grow there is greater need for stormwater control and a reliable source of clean drinking water, which dams can provide...

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HVAC & Refrigeration: What To Look For & Where

Heating, ventilating, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC&R) equipment is often included in building damage loss claims or forensic building assessments, especially those system components that are installed outdoors. If you write or review large estimates, this paper will explain the most common HVAC&R systems and how...

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Environmental Considerations in the Claims Process

Following notification of impact to a property through the claims notification process, restorers are regularly called upon to make necessary initial decisions regarding water extraction and drying and impacted material removal. Prevailing documentation, including the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC’s) S500 Standard...

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Environmental Issues Following a Natural Disaster

Natural disasters occur all over the world, and with the presence of 24-hour media, we often have a close-up view of the conditions following a disaster. These disasters can have significant environmental consequences, posing risks to human health and property, which need short- and long-term...

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Infrared Testing

Infrared Thermography is the process of acquiring and analyzing thermal image information captured by a non-destructive thermal imaging device, often referred to as an infrared camera or an IR camera. These devices detect the heat energy emitted and reflected by objects and present this information...

 
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