40 & 10 Year Structural Inspections Clearwater

The process of a 40 & 10 year Structural Inspections Clearwater and certification may be confusing at times and the Step by Step process below should at a minimum simplify to a certain extent the rigorous rules and regulations that govern the safety certification program so that the average citizen, Board member, Property Manager, property owner or any person can understand. During these inspections, the P.E inspects all the visually accessible structural members including general foundation, exterior walls or facade, roof structure, and other elements.

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EMA performs by P.E 40 and 10 year structural inspections

Step (1): 

When a Building age approaches the 40 years ( or 10 years) mark or when the city sends a notice that a 40 year or 10-year certification is required, this milestone will involve the services of an Architect or EMA Structural Forensic Engineer who are licensed in the State of Florida. There are specific forms that need to be filled out during the inspection of the structural and electrical system. The reason for the inspections is to identify problem areas of the Building concerning the structural and electrical systems and any areas or issues identified must be repaired by a certified contractor after the issuance of a building permit. Licensed contractors are not permitted nor qualified to prepare the 40 and 10 year structural inspections and re-certification reports. Beware that in some cases, contractors who may be licensed or not may represent to the owner(s) that they are qualified to prepare such reports by making false statements and misrepresentations to induce owners to engage the contractor’s services. This may be a fraudulent or false misrepresentation.

40 and 10 Year Structural Inspections Clearwater

After engaging the services of an Architect or a Professional Engineer the reports will be completed predicated on time-consuming field site inspections, data gathering, and documentation of issues found and submitted to the building owner, Association, property manager, or an authorized agent of the owner who will, in turn, submit such reports along with a permit fee to the Local Building Department where the Building is located and has Jurisdiction Note: The Architect or Engineer does not submit the reports directly to the Building Department. If the Client elects that the professional submits such reports, permission must be granted by the Client as well as issuing required documents and payments as required by the Building Department.

Step (3):

Following the submittal of the certified reports, both the Electrical and Structural documents will be reviewed by the city staff, structural and electrical plans examiners who will review, and if there are no repairs required or has no questions, approve and return a copy to the building owner. The owner is then given a time frame of 90 days to repair all the defects found in the report.

Step (4): 

The owner, Association, property manager, or an authorized agent of the owner will now solicit contractors to submit bids for repairs. If significant structural or electrical defects were found that require major repairs, the building owner will need to engage the services of a Professional Engineer or Architect to provide the repair specifications and engineering drawings to be filed when applying for a permit at the Building Department. Concrete restoration and repairs may also be required as part of the overall repairs to bring the building into compliance. Once the bids are received, reviewed, and approved, the contractors will perform the repairs once they apply for a permit to perform the repairs and pay permit fees. Then the contractor will proceed with the repairs and has the responsibility to schedule required inspections with the city building official. Upon completion, the city will issue a certificate of completion and a certification that the Building now is certified for another (10) ten years.

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In some cases, the client will request from the engineer or architect to provide names of other engineers or architects to perform the 40-year inspection or the names of contractors who will perform the repairs. In such cases, when the professional refers to the name of other professionals or contractors to perform either the inspection or the repairs, the client needs to agree and understand that any names referrals should be checked or qualified by the client and including references. This will avoid the “Blame Game” if the referred party does not perform what was agreed upon even delay in submitting a proposal or a bid. Clients in some cases may construe that by referral of names by the professional that the professional is responsible for the conduct of the referred party and will blame the referee for mishaps. This in no way will be the fault of the professional who provided the names of other professionals. Therefore, the client will be the only party responsible for qualifying the referred party to perform the requested services not the person who made the recommendation. In few cases, clients even went to accuse the professional who provided the referrals for the negligent conduct of the parties the client hired, even though the engineer did not have any control for the conduct, action, or inaction of the referred party. Some architects and engineers want to help the client by selecting other entities but at the same time, beware of the consequences if problems occur. The client will more than likely blame the A/E firm that recommended the referred party since the client in his or her mind will conclude that if the referral was not credible why did the A/E make the referral in the first place. So, there is a liability in making the referral such that it saved the client time and provided a benefit to the client but at no benefit to the referee, thus it is considered a free service. However, may have negative or positive consequences depending on the performance of the third party. Therefore, the client has the responsibility of finding contractors and other professionals to perform the 40-year certification.

















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Forensic Engineers Jacksonville

Forensic Engineers Jacksonville

Forensic Engineers jacksonville services provided by EMA to our clients to our clients as an outstanding application of EMA Engineering’s expertise is Forensic Engineering and Building Damage Assessment.

Highly experienced structural engineers with forensic engineers Jacksonville experience and engineering staff are available for investigation, diagnosis, assessment and remediation advice covering, buildings and structures for damage of all types. We have experience of providing damage assessment and forensic inspections after major hurricanes including Andrew, Charlie, Katrina & Rita.

We are trusted by the architects, property owners, builders, insurers and loss adjusters to establish the root cause of building and structural failures and to determine cost effective remedial works.

  • Structural / Building Assessments, Inspections and Forensic Investigations by Forensic Engineers Jacksonville.
  • Investigation and damage assessment of all types of buildings and structures, retaining walls, pavements, water tanks and swimming pools.
  • Expert Witness and Reporting service for legal proceedings and court hearings.
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  • Remediation advice and disaster assessment following fire, storm, earthquake and flood events by forensic engineers Jacksonville.
  • Pre-purchase building inspections for residential, commercial and industrial properties.
  • Preventative risk assessments.
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  • hurricane damage assessments by forensic engineers Jacksonville, Daytona, , Melbourne Florida.
  • Building maintenance appraisals and recommendations.
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is the application of engineering knowledge to determine why a structure or machine failed. It also tries to determine why there was damage to a structure or machine. Forensic engineering involves using reverse engineering to find out why a component, structure, or machine failed to perform properly.

In other words, forensic engineering is all about trying to find out what went wrong.

Forensic experts may then use their findings as evidence in court. Specifically, they use their evidence in court if the failure caused human injury or damage to property.

They also use the evidence in court if their findings have anything to do with a criminal case.

Put simply; forensic engineering is the investigation of failures. They range from minor to catastrophic failures. Some of them may also lead to court action.

The American Society of Civil Engineers has the following description of the term:

“Forensic engineers Jacksonville is the application of engineering principles to the investigation of failures or other performance problems.”

“Forensic engineering also involves testimony on the findings of these investigations before a court of law or other judicial forum, when required.”

The word ‘forensic‘ refers to the application of technical or scientific knowledge to solving problems. Specifically, finding out why something went wrong or how a criminal activity proceeded.

Forensic Engineers Jacksonville Inspections

The purpose of the Forensic building engineers and Structural Engineers is to perform cause and origin of structural damages due to structural design faults, construction defects and ill maintained buildings, bridges, silos, and other superstructures. Our engineers have extensive experience with the basics for the investigation of failures and understanding some of the pertinent legal aspects, which has prepared us for the eventual practice of forensic structural engineering.

Engineering investigation and determination using forensic engineers jacksonville of the causes of structural failures of buildings, bridges and other constructed facilities, as well as rendering opinions and giving testimony in judicial proceedings, often referred to as Forensic Structural Engineering, where most of the investigation is performed by forensic building engineers in teaming up with structural engineers, has become a field of professional practice of its own in the US. With rapid economic development, increased design sophistication, more-and-more daring construction technology and accelerated project delivery came the proliferation of structural failures throughout the world. Several countries are reviewing and/or streamlining technical, business, and legal procedures modeled on US practices – with both their advantages and faults – which require expert consultants/witnesses in both the forensic investigation and in the ensuing dispute resolution. Our engineers have extensive engineering experience in all facets of damage origin determination.