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Introduction Surveys of lift installations are required for many reasons. In some cases, the frequency of breakdowns and stoppages becomes so great that the occupants of the building require the cause to be established by an independent surveyor, who is unconnected with the lift company...
Introduction From the range of engineering materials, steel finds wide application in the building construction industry. The majority of steel used is for structural purposes but thinner gauge coil and sheet products in the form of coated mild steel or stainless steel are increasingly used for...
Although in one sense water is water and always has the same properties it does not always have the same effect. Floodwater can properly be described as a common enemy, but water as such is not an enemy of man or beast or land. Indeed, in most circumstances, water can be described as a common...
The District Surveyors Association was founded in 1845 as a natural progression consequent upon the birth of building control in Inner London, which had followed the Great Fire of London. In those early years, District Surveyors were mainly architects. There were over a hundred, each having...
Introduction In recent years it has been observed that the groundwater level in the deep aquifer beneath central London is rising. It is becoming clear that this could have serious engineering implications for a significant number of structures. Sponsored by the Department of the Environment DoE...
It is not uncommon for designers of low rise buildings to be instructed by their clients that a requirement for a pitched roof is part of the design brief. This may reflect an aesthetic preference by the client, but is more likely to be due to the opinion that the pitched roof is a traditional...
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