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Preservation of evidence relating to buildings

In the course of building measures, the direct vicinity of the construction area is often impacted or damaged. To be able to account these occurrences later, the preservation of evidence is of extreme importance.
With this, it is the objective to register the state of the direct vicinity (roads, paths, buildings, vegetation, etc.), i.e. to record and to document their incipient damages (photograph) to be able to reliably recognize and evaluate changes which possibly are caused by the respective building measures. This also requires to consider and to examine technological processes, the areas necessary for building site equipment and their access roads.


It is recommended that the following three steps of the preservation of evidence should be performed:

  • Documentation of the actual status before starting the construction works
  • Regular observation and measurement during the construction phase.
  • (Final) inspection after the construction works have been finished

(The important phase is the timely and careful recording of the status prior to the start of the construction works.


As experience teaches, the costs arising from a preservation of evidence are very low compared to the costs of following legal proceedings or the amounts in dispute and are only a small part of the damage costs. Furthermore, all parties (contractor, client and neighbors) receive a reliable status report before and after the building project.


On the one hand, for the executing companies, this independent status report can provide security against unauthorized claims for compensation and on the other hand, for the possibly injured party, it delivers the basis for a later compensation.





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