'Third umpire' for differing seismic assessments launched
Following reports of building owners receiving differing seismic assessments for the same building, our colleagues at Engineering New Zealand have developed a programme that offers independent, expert facilitation intended to help mediate an agreed assessment rating.
When an engineer carries out seismic assessments to establish how a building is likely to perform in an earthquake, the process requires significant professional judgement. This means that engineers can produce differing assessments of the same building.
While difference of opinion is to be expected, this should be able to be explained and understood. When significant variations in assessment exist, and the assessing engineers are unable to reach agreement by themselves the process can become fraught, hence the launch of the Seismic Assessment Reconcilitaion. This initiative is designed to provide a facilitation framework, including access to leading seismic assessment specialists, to guide the engineers to reconciliation.
To be eligible, engineers must have already attempted to resolve the differing assessments together and have attempted to agree on the key elements behind the disagreement.
For property owners, this service offers a robust "third umpire" who can help facilitate discussion and guide a resolution.
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