Building Pathology for Commercial Property

Organiser: RICS
Location: The Palace Hotel, Manchester
Phone: 020 7695 1600
  • Cost: £295 + VAT (Members) / £369 + VAT (Non-Members)

Develop your knowledge and understanding of building pathology and the importance of understanding how materials behave, the changing face of design, the form of construction and cause and effect.

Course Registration from 9am

This one day course will develop your knowledge and understanding of building pathology and how important it is to understand how materials behave, the changing face of design, understanding the form of construction and cause and effect. Candidates will be encouraged through workshops to categorise building failures and forms of construction. How to undertake a building survey will be examined, together with how to write the report, and when to employ specialists. The legal responsibility of employing consultants will also be discussed.

How to book on a course
To book, please click on the location and date below. You will then be taken through the booking process. Once you have booked on a course please click on the venue details link below (next to the course date) to obtain venue details and directions on how to get there.

Please note, that due to operational reasons we sometimes only publish details of the venue one month before the course date.

Manchester – Wednesday 8 June 2011 – View venue details

Who should attend

This course is suitable for anyone who would like to develop and improve their surveying skills and understanding of building defects.

Course prerequisites


Benefits of Attending

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

Understand the common forms of building failure

Understand the properties of clay, concrete, glass, timber and steel

Understand how to manage risk in the inspection and report

Understand how to separate facts from opinions

Understanding how professional liability and public liability works

What is included

Course Workbook

Lunch and refreshments

Certificate of training course attendance

Course contents

Context and background to building pathology

What is building pathology

Brainstorming session

What causes buildings to fail?

Workshop on categorising building failures

The relationship between materials, design, forms of construction and cause and effect

Clay, concrete, timber, glass, steel

Load bearing masonry, framed, timber frame

Design detailing

How to inspect buildings


Structural load paths

Further investigations by specialists

Problems of opening up

Importance of sketches

Report writing

Workshop on report format, style, photographs, facts and opinions

Managing risk

Understanding Professional Indemnity and Public Liability Insurance

How to recommend others without taking liability

How and when to hire access plant