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In late November 2016, Brian Harrison, a Chartered Surveyor, who I had employed on two occasions and was a valued friend, was in the final stages of his 4 year battle against acute leukaemia. He read one of my blogs and emailed me his thoughts/comments.

Brian died on 25 January 2017, aged 64, and, in his memory,  I want to share Brian`s thoughts with you, in this and my previous blog in June.


It is clear that over the last 25 years, there have been some development and adoption of innovative building investigations and repairs: -

1] - Site investigations , in the most part, have become easier and quicker, and experienced field staff have the knowledge of what to look for and where to look.

2] - Localised drain relining is less specialist, though "dig up and replace" is often the cheapest option to remedy problems within 3m of the house.

3] - Access to geological data is easier and quicker. In addition, most experienced field staff have a working knowledge of where the …
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The Thoughts of Brian Harrison 4 Dec 1953 - 25 Jan 2017 - Subsidence Claims: A View from 20+ Years of Experience

BLOG #1

In late November 2016, Brian Harrison, a Chartered Surveyor, who I had employed on two occasions and was a valued friend, was in the final stages of his 4 year battle against acute leukaemia. He read one of my blogs and emailed me his thoughts/comments.

Brian died on 25 January 2017, aged 64, and, in his memory,  I want to share Brian`s thoughts with you, in this and a subsequent blog.

When I started doing subsidence work in the early 1990`s, after 15 years in Civil Engineering as a contractor/resident engineer/designer, my qualifications and skills were appreciated, though it took a while to learn the specifics of subsidence claims and general insurance. However, a few grey hairs and plenty of letters on my business card were usually enough to put most policyholders at ease, especially if I had a chat with them about what I intended to do, before starting my survey.

Few policyholders knew what subsidence really is and this has not changed. A lot of claims are submitted that hav…