Training Courses


What are the causes of these cracks? Are they just cosmetic or the first sign of a serious defect?

This is one of the simplest questions to ask, but for the professional adviser one of the most difficult to answer - at least within the timescale demanded by some clients.

Most buildings crack at some time during their service life. The appearance of cracks is a symptom of distress within the fabric of the building. Often the cracking is of little consequence and once it is established that it is static, simple repair by filling or re-pointing is all that is required. However a crack may be the first sign of a serious defect, which may affect the serviceability or the stability of the building.

The appearance of cracks can also affect the value of the building, its insurability, the saleability and can be the subject of litigation. Therefore correctly diagnosing the cause of the cracks is essential. However it is far from a simple task and is often a subjective exercise. The implications of an incorrect assessment can lead to expensive and unnecessary remedial work.

In some instances the remedial work may exacerbate the problem resulting in yet further and more extensive cracking.

So how does the professional adviser decide if the cracks are significant?

Avongard Training Courses

About the Avongard Training Course

The course will follow a systematic approach to diagnosing the cause of cracks in low-rise buildings. As well as fully illustrated lecture sessions drawing upon case studies, the course includes workshop sessions, which allow the delegates to work in small groups to put into practice the material covered in the lectures. The course will impart the basic skills for crack diagnosis and provide guidance on how to gain further expertise.

A CPD certificate will be provided for all delegates together with a complete set of notes.

Course content

Course Tutor

Roger Johnson

Roger Johnson is a Chartered Civil and Structural Engineer and Chartered Surveyor, who has over fifteen years experience with investigating building defects and is an established lecturer.

This is a professional event with no bias towards any proprietary products or services. A CPD certificate will be provided to all delegates together with a set of notes.

"One of the most interesting seminars I have ever attended - excellent"

A delegate from the City and Council of Swansea, who attended the Avongard course.