Services List
ROOF CONSULTING SERVICES

  • (TAS) 105-98 Pull Tests - Standard Procedure for withdrawal resistance testing of fasteners used for attachment of various components to various substrate materials.

  • (TAS) 106-95 Static Uplift Tests standard procedure for field verification of the bonding of mortar or adhesive set tile systems and mechanically attached, rigid, discontinuous roof systems.

  • (TAS) 124-95 test procedure for field uplift resistance of existing membrane roof systems and in situ testing for reroof and new construction applications.

  • (TAS) 124-95 test procedure for field uplift resistance of newly installed balcony floor tiles construction applications (New Testing Procedure).

  • (TAS) 126-95 roof moisture surveys by impedance method.

  • Use of testing laboratories to evaluate and interpret field data.

  • TAS 117 enhanced fasteners spacing calculation/insulation attachment calculation.

  • TAS 127 moment of resistance and minimum characteristic resistance load to install a tile system on a building of a specified roof slope and height.

  • Wind Load Calculation as per ASCE 7.

  • On-Site Quality Control/Assurance Inspections.

  • Roof trusses analysis.

  • Roof Permit Application Assistance.

  • Roof Drainage Calculation/ Roof Area As-Built Survey.

  • Final reports outlining findings, opinions, recommendations (long/short term), cost parameters (re-roofs or repairs) and specifications for corrective action.

NEUTRAL EVALUATION


    Mr. Eduard C Badiu, P.E. serves since March 2010 as one of the State of Florida Department of Financial Services – Neutral Evaluator for Sinkholes. He has conducted over 30 mediations since he was appointed.

Process:

    This alternative dispute resolution process involves the use of a State Certified Neutral Evaluator (authorized under Section 627.7074, Florida Statutes) “Neutral evaluator” means a professional engineer or professional geologist who has completed a course of study in alternative dispute resolution designed or approved by the Department of Financial Services (department) for use in the neutral evaluation process and who is determined by the department to be fair and impartial.

Referrence:

    Settling Your Sinkhole Claim brochure
http://www.myfloridacfo.com/Consumers/mediation/SettlingSinkholeClaim.htm

    Sinkhole Insurance Claims Request For Neutral Evaluation
http://www.myfloridacfo.com/Consumers/mediation/docs/
SinkholeInsuranceClaimRequest.doc

Florida Statute 627.7074 and Rule 69J-8.001
  Neutral Evaluator Inspection

The Making Of A Sinkhole:

    Sinkholes are a common feature of Florida’s landscape and one of the predominant land forms in Florida ( http://www.dep.state.fl.us/geology/geologictopics/sinkhole.htm).

    Sinkholes are depressions or holes in the land surface that occur throughout west-central Florida. They can be shallow or deep, small or large, but all are a result of the dissolving of the underlying limestone. Hydrologic conditions, including lack of rainfall, lowered water levels, or, conversely, excessive rainfall in a short period of time, can all contribute to sinkhole development.

Sinkhole Data and Maps:

Florida Department of Environmental Protection

More Information about Sinkholes:

Florida Sinkhole Research Institute
  SB 408   SINKHOLE TYPE DEVELOPMENT DISTRIBUTION FL
  TYPES OF SINKHOLES USGS PUBLICATION 1182

WIND UMPIRE & WIND APPRAISAL SERVICES

     From January 2009 Eduard C. Badiu serves as Wind Umpire in Property Insurance Appraisals.

SPECIAL INSPECTION & CONSTRUCTION SERVICES

Quality Assurance/Quality Control Inspection and testing is performed by a project engineer or by the office designated qualified representative. Our areas of expertise include:

  • Deep foundation installation (auger cat in place piles, pin piles);

  • Engineered Unit Masonry Systems (Reinforcing Steel placement);

  • Structural Steel (Beams, Columns);

  • Excavation and backfilling operations;

  • Soil improvement techniques (pressure grouting, vibratory compaction, etc.);

  • Concrete repair and restoration;

  • Non-invasive testing (Windsor Probe and Swiss Hammer Test).

GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING

    Geotechnical engineering Services include analysis, soil investigations (Standard Penetration Tests), HRS soil profiles for on-site sewage systems, and recommendation for site preparation for residential and commercial projects, foundation design and settlement analysis. Also, we offer in collaboration with Southeastern Engineering and Testing Laboratories Laboratory services included but not limited to: Construction Materials Testing, Soil classification, Moisture Density (Proctor), LBR; and field testing services: Soil density by Nuclear gauge.

ENVIRONMENTAL SITE ASSESMENT

    The purpose of the Phase I ESA is to assess past and present land use practices, site operations and conditions, and to identify the potential presence of hazardous substances and soil and/or groundwater contamination at the site. The scope of services in a Phase I ESA includes:

  • A reconnaissance of the Site and its vicinity;

  • A compilation of the property history, including review of previous environmental reports for the subject property;

  • Review of Aerial Photographs and Interview with site personnel;

  • A file review at State, Federal, County and Local level regulatory agencies;

  • An agency list search of contaminated facilities located within the radii required by ASTM E 1527-00;

  • An asbestos survey;

  • A review of a survey and map of radon zones;

  • A summary of our findings, conclusions, and recommendations.

UNIFORM MITIGATION VERIFICATION INSPECTION (UMVI)


    Hurricanes dominate the severe wind climate in Florida and, hence, are the primary contributors to windstorm loss costs.

    In an effort to reduce hurricane damage and loss to single family and multi-family residential structures located in the state of Florida wind resisting features including but not limited to:
  • Building Code;

  • Roof Covering;

  • Roof Deck Attachment;

  • Roof to Wall Attachment;

  • Roof Geometry;

  • Secondary Water Resistance;

  • Opening Protection;
                a. Windows;
                b. Doors;
                c. Garage Door;
                d. Skylights;

must be practically verifiable so insurers can be reasonably confident a particular residential building qualifies for the rate differentials. Hence, the scope of consideration for wind loss mitigation construction features must be limited by the capability to inexpensively verify.

Our firm has three trained, highly qualified individuals who can perform such inspection. Our role in inspecting these structures is merely the task of an observer and reporter to the appropriate Insurer, Insured’s Agent. We make no claim that certain homeowner insurance discounts would be given to any type, shape, size of a structure based upon our findings, as the findings are interpreted and analyzed by qualified Insurer’s underwriters.

This verification form is valid up to five (5) years provided no material changes have been made to the structure.

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