Pre & Post Construction Surveys

Documentation of the condition of adjacent properties and streetscapes before and after construction is a helpful risk-management tool as it provides a record of conditions prior to construction.

Before construction starts, high resolution photographs and video are taken of the exterior and interior of the adjacent properties and streetscapes in the vicinity of the project. Once construction is complete, this process is repeated. By comparing the before and after photos and videos ECS can determine if damage to a particular building or streetscape occurred as a result of construction.

Continuous real-time monitoring and data collection such as crack monitoring devices, vibration monitoring and 3-dimensional monitoring can also be performed.

Documentation of the condition of adjacent properties and streetscapes before and after construction is a helpful risk-management tool as it provides a record of conditions prior to construction.

Before construction starts, high resolution photographs and video are taken of the exterior and interior of the adjacent properties and streetscapes in the vicinity of the project. Once construction is complete, this process is repeated. By comparing the before and after photos and videos ECS can determine if damage to a particular building or streetscape occurred as a result of construction.

Continuous real-time monitoring and data collection such as crack monitoring devices, vibration monitoring and 3-dimensional monitoring can also be performed.

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What Is a Pre-Construction Survey?

A pre-construction survey reviews the property next to a potential construction site. The survey involves checking for signs of damage and structural settlement on the adjacent property’s building. 

Pre-construction surveys serve two purposes. First, a developer or contractor can use the pre-construction survey report as a loss control mechanism. If the adjacent property owner claims that their property sustained damage as a result of construction, the developer or contractor can reference the pre-construction survey to show that the damage was preexisting. 

Similarly, adjacent property owners can use the results of a pre-construction survey to attribute damage to construction activities. Based on the results of a pre-construction survey, the developer or contractor may be responsible for damage to the adjacent properties.

What Is a Pre-Construction Survey?

A pre-construction survey reviews the property next to a potential construction site. The survey involves checking for signs of damage and structural settlement on the adjacent property’s building. 

Pre-construction surveys serve two purposes. First, a developer or contractor can use the pre-construction survey report as a loss control mechanism. If the adjacent property owner claims that their property sustained damage as a result of construction, the developer or contractor can reference the pre-construction survey to show that the damage was preexisting. 

Similarly, adjacent property owners can use the results of a pre-construction survey to attribute damage to construction activities. Based on the results of a pre-construction survey, the developer or contractor may be responsible for damage to the adjacent properties.

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What Is a Post-Construction Survey?

Post-construction surveys take place after construction is complete. They compare the adjacent property’s condition before construction began to the condition after the project is finished. The goal of a post-construction survey report is to detect significant changes to a property that, in an engineer’s opinion, are a result of construction.

A post-construction survey also evaluates the new construction. The goal of the survey is to assess whether the project was completed according to its original specifications.

Post-construction surveys take place after construction is complete. They compare the adjacent property’s condition before construction began to the condition after the project is finished. The goal of a post-construction survey report is to detect significant changes to a property that, in an engineer’s opinion, are a result of construction.

A post-construction survey also evaluates the new construction. The goal of the survey is to assess whether the project was completed according to its original specifications.

two engineers analyzing ceiling

Why Are Pre- and Post-Construction Surveys Important?

Pre- and post-construction surveys are important for several reasons. They benefit both the subject property owner or developer and the adjacent property owners. 

For adjacent property owners, a pre-construction survey provides a record of evidence. If their property experiences any damage during the construction process, such as a crack in the foundation or walls, the adjacent property owner can refer to the pre-construction survey to prove that the cracks did not exist before the construction began.

Similarly, the survey protects developers or subject property owners from false claims by adjacent property owners. If the report shows that a crack or other form of damage was preexisting, the adjacent property owner will not have a claim against the developer. 

Post-construction surveys provide peace of mind to developers or property owners. The results of the survey can show that the project complied with codes and that it took adequate steps to protect and secure adjacent properties. 

If there should be an issue following construction, the post-construction survey can highlight areas of concern. The survey can also cover areas that need inspection following the completion of the project.

Why Are Pre- and Post-Construction Surveys Important?

Pre- and post-construction surveys are important for several reasons. They benefit both the subject property owner or developer and the adjacent property owners. 

For adjacent property owners, a pre-construction survey provides a record of evidence. If their property experiences any damage during the construction process, such as a crack in the foundation or walls, the adjacent property owner can refer to the pre-construction survey to prove that the cracks did not exist before the construction began.

Similarly, the survey protects developers or subject property owners from false claims by adjacent property owners. If the report shows that a crack or other form of damage was preexisting, the adjacent property owner will not have a claim against the developer. 

Post-construction surveys provide peace of mind to developers or property owners. The results of the survey can show that the project complied with codes and that it took adequate steps to protect and secure adjacent properties. 

If there should be an issue following construction, the post-construction survey can highlight areas of concern. The survey can also cover areas that need inspection following the completion of the project.

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When Do You Need Pre- and Post-Construction Survey Reports?

Many municipalities require pre-construction surveys before work begins. The same is true for post-construction surveys. Even if you are building in an area that does not require pre- or post-construction surveys, having them done is often worthwhile. 

A pre-construction survey can alert you to any concerns or issues with the property. Depending on the concerns raised by the survey, you may need to make changes to your construction plan. 

After the work is completed, it is worthwhile to conduct a post-construction survey to ensure everything went as planned.

When Do You Need Pre- and Post-Construction Survey Reports?

Many municipalities require pre-construction surveys before work begins. The same is true for post-construction surveys. Even if you are building in an area that does not require pre- or post-construction surveys, having them done is often worthwhile. 

A pre-construction survey can alert you to any concerns or issues with the property. Depending on the concerns raised by the survey, you may need to make changes to your construction plan. 

After the work is completed, it is worthwhile to conduct a post-construction survey to ensure everything went as planned.

Why Choose ECS for Pre- and Post-Construction Surveys?

When you choose ECS for pre- and post-construction surveys, you can depend on us to provide the following:

1. Expertise

ECS works with you to find solutions to your construction challenges. Our professionals are dedicated to solving problems and looking for the most affordable and suitable options for our customers. When you work with us, you benefit from our team’s years of experience and the unique knowledge base of each team member.

2. Ongoing Monitoring

Our commitment to your project does not end once we hand over your report. We perform ongoing monitoring throughout the project, keeping you up to date on any new and significant changes.

3. Exceptional Customer Service

At ECS, we pride ourselves on providing excellent customer service. One way we provide meaningful service to our customers is through regular communication. We understand that you need to keep your project moving forward, so we will provide detailed reports and results in a timely fashion to keep your project on time and in compliance.

Why Choose ECS for Pre- and Post-Construction Surveys?

When you choose ECS for pre- and post-construction surveys, you can depend on us to provide the following:

1. Expertise

ECS works with you to find solutions to your construction challenges. Our professionals are dedicated to solving problems and looking for the most affordable and suitable options for our customers. When you work with us, you benefit from our team’s years of experience and the unique knowledge base of each team member.

2. Ongoing Monitoring

Our commitment to your project does not end once we hand over your report. We perform ongoing monitoring throughout the project, keeping you up to date on any new and significant changes.

3. Exceptional Customer Service

At ECS, we pride ourselves on providing excellent customer service. One way we provide meaningful service to our customers is through regular communication. We understand that you need to keep your project moving forward, so we will provide detailed reports and results in a timely fashion to keep your project on time and in compliance.

two engineers reviewing plans

two engineers reviewing plans

Notable Projects

Pre-construction Surveys

  • Duluth Trading Company, Jacksonville, FL
  • Georgetown Hospital Surgical Pavilion, Washington, DC
  • UND Colby Hall, Notre Dame, IN
  • Woods Chapel Crossing, Duncan, SC
  • UT Systems Colorado Building, Austin, TX

Post-construction Surveys

  • Abingdon Elementary Renovation, Arlington, VA
  • Pinnacle Building, Nashville, TN
  • 750 N. Hudson Building Enclosure, Chicago, IL
  • Lehomar, West Palm Beach, FL
  • West End Square 50, Washington, DC

Notable Projects

Pre-construction Surveys

  • Duluth Trading Company, Jacksonville, FL
  • Georgetown Hospital Surgical Pavilion, Washington, DC
  • UND Colby Hall, Notre Dame, IN
  • Woods Chapel Crossing, Duncan, SC
  • UT Systems Colorado Building, Austin, TX

Post-construction Surveys

  • Abingdon Elementary Renovation, Arlington, VA
  • Pinnacle Building, Nashville, TN
  • 750 N. Hudson Building Enclosure, Chicago, IL
  • Lehomar, West Palm Beach, FL
  • West End Square 50, Washington, DC
two engineers reviewing plans
engineers conducting ADA compliance survey

Contact ECS for Pre- & Post-Construction Surveys

Please contact us with any questions you may have about pre-construction and post-construction surveys.

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