Services

Investigative Engineering

Construction Problems

Building Problems

Structural – Mechanical – Plumbing – Electrical

Investigative Engineering Services begin with a review of the described problem along with available documents and records. The initial phase is typically a visual Limited Inspection of the subject issue to understand the problem. Physical observations, photo documentation, and measurements are compiled and analyzed and put into a report. Sometimes invasive evaluations are needed which usually are identified as part of the initial findings. Invasive evaluations would require the building owner to provide the necessary access. Expert testimony is available when needed.

Additional assistance may be appropriate, depending on the project, including review of potential contractors and proposed work specifications, and progress reviews of work done.

Post-Disaster Structural Assessments

Natural disasters, structural failures and accidental damage are chaotic times when a calm, objective, and independent structural assessment is necessary. Our post-disaster structural assessment can determine the nature of problems and what will be required for the building to become structurally safe for use. Often our professional engineering opinion is needed to confirm that a problem does not exist.

Home Inspections

N.J. Home Inspector License # 24GI00027800

Experience:

Building Inspection Engineering requires a lot of knowledge. Experience is an investment. Schkeeper Inc. believes that a licensed professional engineer with 30+ years of problem solving experience is your best assurance for evaluating your largest investment.

Educational:

We request that our clients be present during their home inspection. It’s a great learning experience getting to know the condition of your new home and learning about any specialized maintenance needs. We begin with a client discussion to learn about concerns and expectations. Our observations start with how the structures are located on the property including surrounding topography that often is so important for proper roof and surface water drainage. When available, drawings and documents that detail structures and systems are reviewed. Schkeeper Inc.’s comprehensive Check List, for each of the inspection areas, facilitates making all observations.

Thorough:

The home inspection documents visual condition observations of hundreds of items including: Structural systems (roof, building frame, foundation, basement, crawl basements, exterior and interior walls); Waterfront structures (bulkheads, piers, docks); Building covering systems and penetrations (roof covering, building siding, windows, doors, flashing and sealing systems); Property (site facilities, drainage, property safety, parking); Electrical system; Plumbing system; Mechanical systems (heating, ventilation, air conditioning); plus special features such as EIFS, or client requirements such as Radon testing, or other engineering inspection or testing needs. Photo documentation is typically provided to help illustrate observations. Inspection report findings are summarized specifically for the observations made at this inspection. Inspections exceed New Jersey requirements and are performed to the standards of the National Academy of Building Inspection Engineers: www.nabie.org.

Depending on the nature of any problems identified, suggestions are often included in the report to provide direction for solving problems. The report is completed and presented. An oral presentation or follow up phone conversations are part of the Schkeeper Inc. service to assure complete communication meeting the client’s needs.

Commercial and Industrial Building Inspections

Experience:

Building Inspection Engineering requires a lot of knowledge. Experience is an investment. Schkeeper Inc. believes that a licensed professional engineer with 40+ years of diversified problem solving experience is your best assurance for evaluating your largest investment.

Our commercial and industrial building inspection begins with a review of available drawings provided by the client, available via a building owner representative, or at the local Building Department. Schkeeper Inc.’s comprehensive Check List, for each of the inspection areas, facilitates making all observations.

Thorough:

The typical building inspection includes: all Structural systems (roof, foundation, exterior, interior); Property (site facilities, drainage, traffic flow, parking); Electrical system; Plumbing system; Mechanical systems (HVAC); plus special features such as Waterfront Structures, EIFS, or client requirements such as Radon testing, or other engineering inspection or testing needs. Inspections are customized for the facility and to meet the client’s requirements.

At the initial site visit an inspection of key factors is made of the entire facility and its systems. Selected available drawing information is compared with actual conditions. A photographic overview is created with detailed photos of possible problems. A collection of selected measurements is made. A review of the initial site study identifies significant and major problems that may exist. Completeness of data is determined and preliminary findings and conclusions are developed.

Return site visits depend on the size and complexity of the facility and possible problems found during the initial visit. This assures completion of all observations and collection of information and confirmation of preliminary findings. The final report includes a discussion and photographic presentation of findings. The report is completed and presented. An oral presentation or follow up phone conversations are part of the Schkeeper Inc. service to assure complete communication meeting the client’s needs.

Specialized Inspections

Waterfront Structures: Sea Walls; Bulkheads, Docks, Piers

Historic Buildings

Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS)

Moisture Intrusion & Water Entry

Masonry Moisture Absorption Testing

Foundation Evaluations

Building Condition and Maintenance Planning

Construction Quality Consulting

Planning a renovation or expansion project?

Are your plans and specifications adequate to assure you will get done what you expect?

Do you have a time based plan?

Are your design and contractor agreements complete?

Do you need a fixed price contract or would a time and material agreement be better?

Does this project fit into a master plan for future work?

Problem avoidance is achieved by thorough planning, application of quality assurance principles, and careful structuring of the work to permit periodic planning re-evaluations.

Consider retaining us as an objective coach to assist you in achieving quality assurance of the entire process. We function as the catalyst that increases the effectiveness of planning, contractor selection, and quality assurance of the total project. We can also provide condition assessments, periodic inspections, and investigative engineering services.

Our services are diagnostic and our product is a professional engineering opinion that is not influenced by any desire to obtain design services or construction work avoiding the potential for a conflict of interest. Often our professional engineering opinion is needed to confirm that a problem does not exist.

Management Consulting

When business is good it’s time to plan for when things go wrong. A mind free of worry and a body well rested can deal with concepts of adversity.

“One must be a dreamer to think of the destination, a planner to map out a path, and a drummer to set the marching time.” -John Heron

No one can plan for you, but there are times when objective creativity provided by a consultant, or advisory board can be very helpful. Some of the key factors are obvious such as Financial, Marketing, People, and Facilities. What can be overlooked is the importance of Creativity, Psychological Conditioning, Discipline, and Rehearsals/Training.

In this increasingly fast-changing world, innovations threaten all kinds of business. Anticipating the threats is important. How will people react in adversity? How do we develop the discipline to follow a plan? Athletes, musicians and actors rehearse. Why not businesses?

Planning for disaster—large or small—will increase your confidence to pursue your business development and growth plans more aggressively.

We function as the catalyst that increases the effectiveness of planning. We can also provide assessments and investigative engineering services. Peter Schkeeper brings executive experience with engineering, manufacturing, construction, and quality expertise. He also has Advisory Board and public company Lead Independent Director experience.