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This seminar explains step by step procedures for conducting condition survey of concrete, steel, timber and masonry structures, HVAC, mould, plumbing, electrical and fire safety systems.

Course Outline
After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Follow the visual inspection methods used by specialists
  • Use the latest destructive and nondestructive investigation techniques for building condition survey
  • Select the destructive and nondestructive testing techniques as the basis of their strengths and limitations and their suitability to your concrete, steel, timber and masonry structures
  • Interpret results of the various components of building systems
  • Assess the useful life of the building systems and the whole building

As the buildings age, engineers responsible for them, must get involved with condition survey.  They have to evaluate materials, conduct destructive or nondestructive tests, evaluate results and decide on the action necessary for rehabilitating the structures.  This seminar explains step by step procedures for conducting condition survey of concrete, steel, timber and masonry structures, HVAC, mould, plumbing, electrical and fire safety systems.  The strengths and limitations of destructive and nondestructive techniques along with their suitability for a variety of situations is discussed. 

  • To present the methodology for condition survey of concrete, steel, timber and masonry structures and the latest technology for destructive and nondestructive testing, suitability of technology and interpretation of test results.
  • To present condition survey methods for HVAC, mould, plumbing, electrical and fire safety systems.
Who Should Attend

Building industry professionals from private and public sector, structural engineers, consulting engineers, architects, designers, facility managers, directors of plant maintenance for large industrial, commercial and institutional buildings, building services managers, project engineers, municipal building officials,  technicians and technologists, contractors, developers, inspectors and testing lab personnel having interest in condition survey of buildings, destructive and nondestructive testing, interpreting test results, inspecting, carrying out repair and rehabilitation of existing buildings.

Special Feature

Condition survey of each building element will be presented by specialists.  Participants will take part in discussions to develop condition survey inspection check lists.

Chairperson:  Martin Gerskup, BEST Consultants Martin Gerskup Architect Inc.

Program Outline

Day I

8:00      Registration and Coffee

8:20      Welcome, Introduction, Workshop Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Method
8:35      Assessing Condition of a Building (Martin Gerskup)

  • Objective for building condition assessment
  • Procedures and checklists for assessing buildings
  • A comprehensive study of condition survey of a building
  • Examples of assessing various building components

9:40      Structural Condition Assessment and Evaluation of Wood Structures (Steve Brockman, Brockman Engineering Inc)

  • Wood as construction material, pressure treated wood
  • Visual inspection of columns, beams, fasteners and connectors, structural panels, shear walls and diaphragms, roofs, glue laminated timber and metal plate connected wood trusses
  • Material evaluation
  • Destructive and nondestructive testing
  • Strength considerations
  • Assessing the risk of failure
  • Case studies
  • Checklist for wood structures problems

10:40    Refreshments and Networking

11:00    Structural Condition Assessment and Evaluation of Wood Structures (Continued) (Steve Brockman)
11:40    Structural Condition Assessment and Evaluation of Steel Structures (Steve Brockman)

  • Types of damage: corrosion, structural deficiencies and distress
  • Visual inspection of columns, beams and trusses
  • Material condition
  • Destructive and nondestructive testing techniques
  • Performance rating of components
  • Upgrading of existing structures
  • Reporting data reduction

12:20    Lunch

1:20      Structural Condition Assessment and Evaluation of Steel Structures (Continued) (Steve Brockman)

  • Case studies : Condition assessment of a steel building
  • Checklist for 80% of steel structure problems

2:40      Refreshments and Networking 

3:00      Structural Condition Assessment and Evaluation of Masonry Structures
              Martin Gerskup

  • Types of damage: dampness, spalling, efflorescence, corrosion of ties, structural deficiencies and distress
  • Visual inspection of load bearing walls, columns and brick veneer
  • Material evaluation
  • Destructive and nondestructive testing
  • Statistical evaluation of test data
  • Strength considerations
  • Assessing the risk of failure
  • Reporting-data reduction
  • Case studies
  • Checklist for 80% of masonry structures problems

4:30      Adjournment

Day II

8:30      Structural Condition Assessment and Evaluation of Concrete Structures (Martin Gerskup)

  • Causes of concrete deterioration: frost action, chemical attack, alkali-aggregate reaction, mechanical abrasion, non-uniform volume change, corrosion of embedded reinforcement
  • Types of damage: cracking, water leakage, staining, corrosion-related damage, structural deficiencies and distress, fire damage
  • Visual inspection of columns, beams, slabs, parking garages
  • Material evaluation
  • Destructive and nondestructive testing
  • Statistical evaluation of test data
  • Strength considerations
  • Durability considerations
  • Assessing the risk of failure
  • Reporting-data reduction
  • Case studies
  • Checklist for 80% of concrete structures

10:00    Refreshments and Networking 

10:20    Foundation (Martin Gerskup)

  • Soil type and bearing capacity
  • Soil modifications
  • Type of foundation-shallow or deep
  • Foundation cracks/repairs
  • Foundation settlement
  • Checklist for 80% of foundations problems

12:00    Lunch

12:40    Testing and Monitoring Building Envelope (Martin Gerskup)

Standard, non-destructive testing and monitoring of building envelopes will be discussed encompassing the
techniques and advantages of ground penetrating radar and impact-echo to evaluate envelope conditions

  • Standard tests: testing brick mortar in the field, testing vapour pressure in the field
  • NDT tests: general principles of ground penetrating radar, general principles and uses of impact-echo testing, comparison of the two NDT methods using case histories: evaluating the presence of cracking in stone masonry, evaluating the presence of voids in solid masonry units, evaluating the internal deterioration of historical masonry
  • Monitoring buildings including: stress, crack and building envelope movement-methods and accuracies,
  • moisture-methods and accuracies

2:00      Case Study at Venue Location

4:30      Adjournment


8:30      Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning  (Greg Kroening, Arrow Engineering Inc)

  • System type- air furnace, central hot water boilers, electric furnaces, forced air, ducted forced air, hot water,
  • cooling tower, humidifiers, evaporators, and condensers, evaporative coolers
  • Condition assessment of components
  • Tests
  • Assessing the risk of failure
  • Reporting-data reduction
  • Case studies
  • Checklist for condition survey of HVAC systems

9:40      Refreshments and Networking 

10:00    Mould (Martin Gerskup)

  • Areas of highwater episode potential
  • Musty odor
  • Floor coverings with water damage
  • Behind wall paper
  • Ventilation equipment: filters, insulation, ducts, fan rooms
  •  Humidification units
  • Checklist for condition survey

11:30    Lunch

12:10    Plumbing System (Greg Kroening)

  • Fixtures, drains and vents
  • Domestic hot and cold water piping systems
  • Sump and ejector pumps
  • Hydronic systems
  • Plumbing system materials and valves
  • Checklist for 80% of plumbing problems

1:00     Electrical System (Dave Hines)

  • Single and three phase wiring
  • Metering arrangements
  • Fuse panels and circuit breakers
  • Transformers
  • Feeders and services
  • Subsystems: fire alarm system, life safety system, emergency lighting, emergency power
  • Checklist for 80% of electrical problems

2:00      Refreshments and Networking

2:20      Fire Safety (Martin Gerskup)

  • Life safety and property protection
  • Containment
  • Early warning system
  • Fire alarm
  • Egress
  • Suppression
  • Checklist for 80% of fire safety problems

3:20      Written Report and Presentation (Martin Gerskup)

  • General condition report for the owner
  • Introduction to the report
  • Order of magnitude estimate for required repairs
  • Unpredictable repair
  • Descriptive text for each element
  •  Appendices: pictures, maintenance recommendations, glossary
  • Presentation

Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

4:30      Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment


Martin Gerskup, B. Arch, MAIBC, and MRAIC, is president of BEST Consultants Martin Gerskup Architect Inc. With over 25 years of experience in the field of investigative architecture and building science, he is a member of the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) and has served in various capacities on the Ontario Building Envelope Council (OBEC) Board of Directors from 1991 to 1997. He was president of OBEC from 1993 to 1994 and a member of council for the OAA from 2003 to 2005. He is currently a member of the ULC Thermal Insulation Committee. During his tenure on council at the OAA, Mr. Gerskup was Chair of the Discipline Committee while also serving on the following committees: Practice Committee, Registration Committee, Public Interest Review Committee, Communications Committee, and the University Liaison Task Group. In addition to authoring and presenting many technical papers on the subject of building science, Mr. Gerskup has taught as an assistant adjunct professor and tutor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design from 1999 to 2001, and at the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Ryerson University in 2002.

Martin Ouimet
Martin Ouimet is an NAESA certified, qualified elevator inspector and a Class T, Ontario elevating device mechanic with a B.Eng. (Mechanical) from Queens University. As the manager of the KJA Consultants Inc. Ottawa office, Mr. Ouimet is currently involved in project supervision for new construction projects, preparation of specifications, and technical audit and acceptance inspections. He is also involved in project supervision of the vertical transportation system modernizations and new construction projects in Eastern Ontario, Gatineau, and the Maritimes, including projects at the Royal Canadian Mint, the Ottawa Courthouse, 90 George Street, Saint Mary’s University, and the University of Ottawa. Mr. Ouimet has inspected over 1,000 elevators and escalators across Canada and works with the quality assurance supervision programs and maintenance management agreements for over 2,000 devices across Canada, including clients such as Oxford, Cadillac Fairview, Ontario Realty, and Northam.

Andrew Penner
Andrew Penner, P.Eng., CEM, and LEED®AP, is  an associate with Stantec Consulting Ltd and a candidate for an M.Eng. at the University of Waterloo. With over nine years of experience in consulting for the built environment, Mr. Penner is also a member of the Association of Energy Engineers, ASHRAE, and the advisory committee for the Sustainable Energy and Building Technology program at Humber College.

Steve Brockman
Steve Brockman, M. Sc., P. Eng., is principal engineer with Brockman Engineering Inc., with offices in Nova Scotia and Colorado. Mr. Brockman is a registered professional engineer in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, and 32 American states, with additional registration as a structural engineer in Illinois and Arizona. He has over 25 years of experience in structural engineering design and the forensic analysis of industrial and commercial facilities, single-family and multi-family residential buildings, cranes, and structural components and foundations throughout Canada, the United States, and Mexico.

Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

2.8 CEUs / 28 PDHs

Cancellation Policy
To withdraw from a course, you must send a request, in writing, with the official receipt to our office. Fifteen or more business days in advance: full refund less $50.00 administration charge. Five to fifteen business days in advance: non-refundable credit of equal value for any future EPIC seminar within one year. Credits are transferable within your organization. In case of an unexpected event occurring after this time, you may send someone else to take your place without any additional cost.
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