Monday, August 25, 2008

Los Angeles Remodels - You May Need Grading + Soils Report

A civil engineer based in Los Angeles added after hearing this story, (see previous post on Soils Reports in SF), that it is possible for a Planning Dept to approve your project and not inform you that you may need a Soils Report + a Grading Pre-Inspection Report. He recommends checking with the Los Angeles Dept. of Building and Safety as a first step.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Planning an addition to a Property on a San Francisco Hillside? – You may need a Soils Report

A customer in SF told us that San Francisco requirements for soil reports have tightened since the 2007 Telegraph Hill Landslide.

In this case, the city requires a soils report for his hillside addition even though one already exists for neighboring properties.

A soil engineer can determine if the land on your property is at risk for a landslide.

We would advise scheduling an as-built survey after you have determined if your remodel project is feasible based on a soils report.

Telegraph Hill landslide forces 120 from homes… (Sfgate article)

"When you move into a place on a cliff, you're aware of the movies and the horror stories about all the worst things that can happen,'' he said. "But I was told this was some of the most solid rock in the city.''

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

From Gilbert AZ -: As-Built Requirements Can Change!

From a contact in Gilbert Az. who is planning to add a patio to their home:

In the past, Gilbert's building dept. requirements were lax. The home has a previous addition for which as-built plans were not needed. The owners were suprised to find out that they now need as-built plans of the property for this minor add-on.

We advise that you check with your building dept. before getting started on your remodel project. Don't assume that requirements have not changed.

Gilbert AZ Building Permit Requirements:

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Trimble Field Computers Recommended for Land Survey

Trimble Field Computers with GPS are recommended for accurate survey of large tracts of land involving complicated terrain issues and/or the need for precise locations.

Trimble Link software exports field data gathered by the Trimble device to AutoCAD 2008 products, and ESRI ArcGIS.