Construction Monitoring: Protecting the Various Stakeholders in a Building Project

Construction monitoring services are a critical component of protecting structures as well as assets of the various stakeholders on many types of construction projects. Services including pre-construction surveys and various ongoing monitoring (vibration, crack gauge) all play a role in helping to assess any potential risks that can affect any of the various parties involved in a project.

Every construction project involves a list of stakeholders who can be impacted in a variety of ways by construction and related activities. Stakeholders can include both direct stakeholders, or parties that are directly involved in a project, as well as indirect stakeholders. Key stakeholders may include property owners, developers, architects, engineers, general contractors, subcontractors and building site employees. Additional stakeholders can include owners and/or tenants of adjoining buildings and adjacent properties, neighboring communities, as well as local governments and other authorities.

The typical construction monitoring services either required by local authorities or requested by project stakeholders can help mitigate risks in various ways. For example, Existing Conditions Documentation, or Pre-Construction Survey of adjacent structures or buildings, is essential for protecting both the developer/contractor as well as the owner of the adjacent property. This photographic documentation of the adjacent structure or structures serves to establish a baseline documentation of the existing structural conditions prior to the start of any construction activity. Pre-Construction Surveys can succeed in protecting developers or property owners from unwarranted claims of prior damage.

Other typical monitoring services can provide additional protection for various stakeholders in a project. Vibration monitoring, which uses seismographic equipment to monitor and record vibration data, helps to protect not only the adjacent structure and property owner from potential damage, but is also a crucial safety element for on-site employees, workers and subcontractors. Vibration monitoring can also protect those who live and work in the neighboring areas who could be negatively impacted.

Local, state and federal regulations and building codes often require a complete monitoring program that includes measuring, recording and reporting data in order to protect the various stakeholders involved in every construction project.