Building Surveying Journal March–April 2017

Barney Hatt

Editor, Building Surveying Journal & Building Control Journal (RICS)

At the core of all the services that surveyors provide is the ability to strip a building down into its component parts in their mind’s eye; this edition of Building Surveying Journal concentrates on that ability: building pathology.


Trevor Rushton warns that installing solar panels on roofs is not without its risks, while damp is a focus for both Michael Parrett, who considers how building defects can contribute to the problem, and for Darren Coppins, who explains how computational techniques can be used to diagnose it by modelling thermal junctions. Other issues tackled by surveyors include structural movement, as Tim Kenny examines, and damage caused by trees, which comes under scrutiny in Vivien King’s coverage of case law.

Looking at the bigger picture, Alexander Aronsohn explains why international standards are so important throughout the property development process, and RICS President Amanda Clack calls on surveyors to join the data revolution to support infrastructure development.

Elsewhere in the issue, Jim Castle explains how former military personnel are well equipped for the surveying profession, and John Goddard reflects on life as a British building surveyor in Australia.

As always, I welcome your thoughts and ideas for the journal, so please do get in touch with me at

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