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Dilapidation Surveys: Why So Important?

With so many infrastructure projects and construction work taking place in our capital cities, never has the dilapidation report been so important.

Dilapidation surveys are perhaps the most underestimated survey, with many not understanding how beneficial a pre-construction condition survey can be to a business, property, or project.

With Council and Government funded projects protected by building legislation (Building Act 1993) dilapidation surveys have now become part of their due diligence process and are often a requirement of the contractor or developer. The contractor may need to complete a survey of adjacent structures in conjunction with protection works notices, in order to proceed with the proposed development. In circumstances such as this, the surveys become a requirement rather than a cautionary inspection.

A dilapidation survey is an inspection of surfaces and structures adjacent to a proposed development and is normally undertaken pre and/or post construction.

Generally speaking dilapidation surveys can be thought of as an investment, as they give landowners peace of mind, knowing an official record of the existing conditions of their property has been captured should any changes in conditions occur, due to the nearby construction works. They can also protect developers and builders from neighbouring landowners making false claims.

Traditionally dilapidation surveys are captured using high resolution digital photography, however, with the onset of technology, new forms of data capture have evolved through geo-referenced video footage and even 360-degree virtual inspections.

Dilapidation Report’s latest 360-degree data capture system is the ideal solution for creating photo realistic 3D walk throughs of buildings, structures and plant to detail the “as is” condition of assets. Utilising the latest in immersive image processing techniques and cloud data management systems, they can quickly and efficiently provide 3D walk through models that can be accessed any time via a web based portal, ensuring that the data is available to those who need it without the need to download the data or utilise specialised viewing software.

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