Disaster Response Contracting and Consulting

John DiMenno, CR, CMRS, CMP,  Senior Damage Consultant for G. S. Jones, Disaster Restoration and Consulting provided an overview discussion of this segment of the building failures industry.  His talk on October 1 to the AE 537 Class at Penn State was a part of the Visiting Practitioner Lecture Series for 2013.  Mr. DiMenno’s talk centered on the process of how insurance losses are assessed, monitored and finalized.  In addition, he discussed how firm’s such as G. S. Jones assemble teams of engineers and other specialists to address complicated and extensive losses such as major fires, wind storms and floods.  G.S. Jones provides consulting services to staff, general, regional, or national claims adjustors all over the country for building damage analysis and cost estimates.  Their extensive institutional commercial and residential experience has been accepted by the courts as expert testimony.  Some representative examples of the services they offer are:

  • Detailed repair cost estimates
  • Building replacement cost analysis
  • Cause of loss determination
  • Engineering analysis
  • Code compliance and requirements
  • American Disabilities Act compliance and evaluation
  • Structural steel evaluation
  • Building foundation evaluation
  • HVAC system testing and evaluation
  • Electrical system testing and evaluation
  • Vibration damage from blasting
  • Code compliance and upgrading
  • Construction defects
  • Commercial and Residential roofing and roof systems (flat, sloped & steeples)
  • Retaining wall evaluation
  • Parking garage structural evaluation
  • Elevators and material handling systems
  • Hail damage evaluation
  • Mold and environmental damage assessment
  • Clerk of the works and emergency service monitoring and evaluation

More  information can be found on  the G.S. Jones Website.  Additional information on disaster repsonse and remediation can be found on the sites of some of the industry organization involved in this type of work including the International Restoration Institute.


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