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J.S. Held Expands Forensic Accounting Practice with the Acquisition of HSNO.

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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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Hairline Cracking Within Concrete Block Walls

Hairline cracking within concrete block walls, often referred to as stair-step cracking or mortar joint cracking, is an example of an imperfection or distress but does not typically compromise structural integrity. Hairline cracking within concrete block walls is the result of internal stresses resulting from...

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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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Do Hail-Caused Dents “Damage” Steel Roof Panels?

Following a hail storm, adjusters, engineers, and roofing consultants are often brought in to inspect roofing systems. In instances involving galvanized steel roof panels, the term “damage” is often used (or misused) to describe conditions following a hail event. In reality, the consultant can tell...

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Keys to an Effective Project Scope

Effectively determining scope is the most important task for a building consultant. Without an accurate scope of work, a definitive cost estimate cannot be completed. An accurate scope includes determining an accurate quantity of damages, grade/quality of materials, and pertinent jobsite conditions....

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Storm Damage Repair Requirements

When performing inspections of buildings or structures after a catastrophic event, such as a hurricane, several types of damage conditions may be encountered. The unpredictability of storms can present many challenges when determining how to repair a storm damaged structure, a few examples of which...

 
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