A critical part of the commercial inspection is the ability to conduct research. This involves asking the right questions, recording data correctly, and then effectively summarizing that data and presenting it in a manner that is clear, concise, and effective for the client.
The main objective of this research is to augment the information obtained during the walkthrough survey and to provide supporting documentation to the inspection report.
I have worked as an engineer and engineering manager for many years. Collecting research, properly summarizing that data, and being able to present it in an effective manner is simply, second nature to me. Collecting the right data involves selecting the right people, with the right information. Often this will be the building manager, but may include many others. Additionally, In an effort to effectively collect the required data, often pre-inspection questionnaires are required.