Technical Lecture: "Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) & Measured Building Survey (MBS): A Considered Approach to Assessment and Documentation"
Tuesday 20th January 2015
On the evening of Tuesday January 20th there was a well-attended (PDH certified) talk given at Arup’s New York office by Chas Bransby-Zachary of GBG on Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) and Measured Building Survey (MBS). These techniques are rapidly becoming standard inclusions for most large scale projects and are used for a wide variety of reasons in the construction industry.
The talk was co-sponsored by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) NY Local Association and ASCE Metropolitan Forensics Engineering Group.
Chas used his 17 years of hands-on experience and an assortment of case studies to help attendees understand what technologies are available in this field, when to request this type of service for their projects and how to use the information provided. Project types included advanced leak detection services, construction arrangement and condition assessments of modern and historic concrete and masonry buildings, use of laser scanning and photogrammetry and its combined use with technologies such as impulse radar, metal detection, infrared thermal imaging, ultrasonics, impact echo and other inspection techniques.
The presentation also covered how quickly inspections can be deployed, where they would be deployed from, how they are organized, how much they cost and how they can save the client and project time and money – largely by cutting out unwanted surprises (and change orders) during construction.