Damage Consulting and Contracting

John DiMenno, CR, CMRS, CMP,  VP of Operations and Director, J. S. Held, Pittsburgh  Construction Consulting provided an overview discussion of this segment of the building failures industry.  His talk to the AE 537 Class at Penn State was a part of the Visiting Practitioner Lecture Series for 2017.

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 J. S. Held assemble teams of engineers and other specialists  (internal and/or external) to address complicated and extensive losses such as major fires, wind storms and floods.  J. S. Held provides consulting services on a national basis for all types construction including commercial, industrial, high rise, special structures, governmental, residential and infrastructure.  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 J. S. Held Website.  Additional information on disaster response and remediation can be found on the sites of some of the industry organizations involved in this type of work including the International Restoration Institute.

Additional information to help jump start the discussion on this topic can be found in the article “Consulting to Insurance Companies” published in the November 2008 issue of STRUCTURE magazine.  Although J S Held is not an insurance company, much of their work relates to the insurance industry and the role of the structural or architectural engineer is similar regardless of the exact nature of the client.

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