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Brian Hannigan
03-17-2016, 10:00 AM
InspectionNews has found this article about defect litigation or expert witness work that may be of interest to you.

Will Technology End Construction Defect Litigation? – How Robotics and 3D Printing Are Already Changing the ... (http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&ct2=us&usg=AFQjCNGLkeJITSoNnWSuLYicFMSAZnS35Q&clid=c3a7d30bb8a4878e06b80cf16b898331&ei=peLqVvD7EKTzwQHCy5SIBw&url=http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/will-technology-end-construction-defect-19816/)
JD Supra (press release)
As implausible as it might be, the days for construction defect litigation could be numbered. By 2026, it might be gone for good thanks to exploding technological applications. You might be thinking "well, I've seen many suits involving buildings where ...


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Mark Reinmiller
03-17-2016, 10:56 AM
So, computer programmers are going to solve the problem of poor construction. I will not be holding my breath waiting for the robotic flashing installer.

Jerry Peck
03-17-2016, 11:23 AM
The information is interesting ... albeit (in my opinion) a bit hyperbole about the future aspects of robotics in construction.

I can just see the 3-D printer roll up to the site and 'print' a full-size house on its lots. :)

I remember all those sci-fi movies from when I was a kid of rocket ships going to Mars ... it will finally be happening ... soon ... :)

But interesting article and good information.

Jeff Zehnder
03-17-2016, 05:22 PM
When we meet George Jetson don't forget Astro!

Jerry Peck
03-17-2016, 05:43 PM
I've been retired from home inspections for over 10 years now, and 20 years ago I was saying that, in the future, home inspectors will drive a tractor trailer up to the front of the house at the street, long arms (robotic arms, would be the term today) would unfold large panels from the sides of the trailer, extend one up and over the house to the back of it, the other panel is placed in front of the house, the home inspector turns the computer on and the house is imaged (MRI, CAT, X-Ray, Thermal, ultra-sound, you name it) and with the client sitting on a chair next to the home inspector, the home inspector points out all the 'problem areas' on a large screen.

When all is said and done, the home inspector presents the bill to the client - $18,000 ... for a 1 hour scan (including setup time).

Okay, so I was wrong ... that was 20 years ago ... now it would be '$36,000 please', and 'thank you, and don't forget to recommend us to your friends' ... :)

Jeff Zehnder
03-18-2016, 03:07 PM
Jerry, where can i get one of those trailers?

Jerry Peck
03-18-2016, 04:00 PM
Jerry, where can i get one of those trailers?

Still under development ... whenever it sees a roach or mouse it zaps it ... doing pest control at the same time, the current issue is the zapping power is too strong ... tends to burn the house to the ground when zapped ... ;)

Markus Keller
03-19-2016, 06:54 AM
I was talking with another inspector recently who is pretty in-tune with what the big national HI chain / franchise outfits are doing or wanting to do. From his conversations, he relayed a few comments about their thinking that went along the lines of this:
- Their feeling is that HI is too much of a wild west in terms of too many independent guys running their show and keeping all the profits
- The HI world is seen as a good place for corporations to make a profit margin if they can get rid of the independent guys
- With that in mind the chains are reportedly working on developing and testing early versions of headsets, software and procedures that allow them to send a guy out who is not really an inspector but just a guy. The guy (or girl) goes out wearing the headset that records everything as he walks around, uses all the equipment to provide testing, scans the interior and all the data is then sent back to some office somewhere where a techie reviews it all and puts together a report.
Supposedly this is legit and what the big chain outfits want to do.

Jerry Peck
03-19-2016, 10:07 AM

Not sure that would work and be legit in states with licensing.

03-21-2016, 07:50 AM
Idle wishful thinking by corporations and franchises wanting more for less.

I do not think it will ever happen.
Fred Flintstone,s wheel is still in use today. No quantum leaps in technology.
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