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Construction Vibration Damage Guide (CVDG) for Homeowners


The free Construction Vibration Damage Guide for Homeowners (CVDG, ©Copyright 2013-2017 John M. Zeigler) was developed for use by those who feel they might have experienced cracking or other damage to their homes from construction vibration or those who have concerns about planned construction in their area. The Guide can be used by people who are considering non-legal remedies or legal action (lawsuit), citizens who want to find out about vibration damage in preparation for pending construction in their area, or those who want to learn about vibration measurement and effects generally.

The Guide has over 100 pages of text, with over 200 color photos, diagrams and other illustrations to illuminate concepts and issues. It provides citations to over 50 important scientific and technical documents which CVDG readers can download online to further inform themselves about vibration damage. You can view most of the CVDG as web pages by following the links on this page or download a free PDF of the latest expanded version of the CVDG, a $49.95 value.

What's in the CVDG

The free CVDG (image of two PDF pages at right) describes the science of vibration damage, how to document a legitimate claim for damages, how to evaluate options in making a claim for vibration damage reimbursement and much more. The full text of the CVDG Table of Contents is below. Although not the focus of the CVDG, there is a substantial discussion of mine and quarry blasting vibration science. A great deal of scientific and technical information, written for non-scientists, is included for those handling or having construction vibration damage claims, as well. More technical topics are further explored and developed in the Professional Edition of the CVDG, which has over three times the content of the free CVDG.

Starting Points and Popular

To learn more about construction vibration damage via the CVDG web version pages, you can choose, among other chapters:

  • Table of Contents - A hyperlinked list of all the CVDG and CVDG Pro pages, in logical order
  • Introduction - A fully hyperlinked description of many of the important points made later, in greater scientific detail, in the CVDG and CVDG Pro. All those interested in the CVDG should read at least this document.
  • Executive Summary - A greatly shortened version of the Introduction for those in a real hurry
  • Vibration Standards - An overview of the most-cited ground vibration standards, what they really mean and how they can be used properly
  • Recognizing Damage - What construction-caused vibration damage to homes  looks like
  • Vibration 101 - A whirlwind introduction for non-scientists to the terms and science behind ground vibration studies and effects
  • Vibration and Distance - A basic examination of the complexities of how vibration decreases with distance and the cautions with which such data must be interpreted and applied, complete with downloadable diagrams that you use in your own vibration situations
  • Vibration Monitoring - An introduction to measuring ground vibration, both the value and the pitfalls
  • The Construction Vibration Damage Guide Professional Edition - a comprehensive version of the CVDG with over three times the content for those with damage claims, attorneys, consultants, and scientists.

The CVDG has many more chapters than these, which you can get to by following the links at the top and left side of every page. It may be helpful to keep open the hyperlinked CVDG Table of Contents page in a separate tab or window to allow easier online navigation of all the CVDG pages. A text-only version of the Table of Contents is just below.

About the CVDG

The CVDG is a layman's summary of the science and technology of construction vibration damage. It is written in non-technical language, although many explanations of technical terms and concepts are provided, to allow those with non-technical backgrounds to understand the terms used in the field. The CVDG has a Flesch-Kincaid reading ease score of 45 and a Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level of 12, so those with a high school or equivalent education should be able to read and understand it. I hope that, with the introduction provided by the CVDG, non-scientists will be placed in a better position to handle vibration damage occurrences with a minimum of expense and stress.

CVDG Table of Contents

The CVDG - Overview
CVDG - Executive Summary
CVDG - Foreword
CVDG - Contents
Construction Vibration Damage Guide - Intro
Vibration 101
Is Damage Possible?
Vibration Potential
Vibration and Damage
Vibration and Distance
Judging Vibrations
Recognizing Damage
Recording Damage
Reporting Damage (PDF Download Only)
Pursuing A Vibration Damage Claim
Vibration Monitoring
DIY Vibration Monitoring (PDF Download Only)
Vibration Frequencies
Vibration Standards
Vibration Regulation
Non-Construction Vibration
Misconceptions New
CVDG - More Information
Closing Thoughts
Appendix A - Using the CVDG (PDF Download Only)
Appendix B - Vibration Damage Warning Signs (PDF Download Only)
Appendix C - Getting More Help  (PDF Download Only) New
CVDG - The Author
CVDG License

The CVDG, in both versions, is based on experience in the United States, although those in other countries should find its content generally applicable in the great majority of areas discussed. CVDG readers in countries outside the U.S. will need, in particular, to learn the vibration standards relevant in their locales. The CVDG page, Vibration Standards, has a summary of the designations for these in most developed countries.

The CVDG Free PDF version

The free PDF of the latest version of the 100+ page Guide can be obtained from the Vibrationdamage.com Download page, http://vibrationdamage.com/download.htm. The PDF version bears all of the content as the web version pages, plus several PDF only pages. The web page navigational material, ads and other web page structures are removed, so that the pages can be read more easily offline. It is formatted for binding in a 3-ring binder or portfolio. Since both the CVDG web pages and the corresponding PDF compilation are upgraded regularly, those who have downloaded it or read the site previously may want to check for upgrades occasionally.


Each "edition" of the CVDG PDF has upgrades and updates on every page, with several entirely new documents added in each edition. For this reason, we suggest that people always get free updates to the current version. To the extent that documents are available online as web pages, these are updated regularly as well. The PDF has many convenience features including a full text index, full searchable text, active hyperlinks to external sites, active internal links within the Table of Contents and back to it from every sub-section and more.

Reproducing the CVDG

The copyrighted CVDG may not be offered by others in PDF or HTML format or reproduced on other web sites, in full or in part. The Guide is licensed and available free only to individuals for personal, at-home, non-business, use. Users of the CVDG may not copy or transfer their copies of the CVDG to others. Full use license terms can be found on our CVDG License page.

The Professional Edition of the CVDG, http://vibrationdamage.com/cvdg_pro__overview.htm, with comprehensive content for attorneys, contractors, educators and others handling or having vibration damage, is licensed for business use. The CVDG, in any form or edition, may not be copied or quoted without express written consent from the author. This page (http://vibrationdamage.com/vibdamguide.htm) may be linked by other sites or cited as the source of the Guide. Limited quoting of parts of the CVDG may be allowed in accordance with the License terms.

Citing the CVDG

The CVDG in all versions (free, Pro and online) is protected by multiple U.S. registered copyrights. It may only be used in accordance with the terms of the License which accompanies it. However, some individuals may want to quote from the CVDG in free, public service settings or to reference it in the scientific literature.

Registered users of the PDF versions of the CVDG and researchers may quote text from its pages royalty-free, so long as the quotation is less than 100 words in length and properly and fully attributed on each and every page bearing such quotes. The citation should be of the following form: John M. Zeigler, The Construction Vibration Damage Guide (for Homeowners or Professional Edition), Edition x.y (where x and y are the major and minor version numbers indicated in the Guide), http://vibrationdamage.com , page(s) z (where z is the CVDG page number or page number range from which the quotation is drawn). Users of the CVDG may also quote the online version using the following suggested format: John M. Zeigler, The Construction Vibration Damage Guide for Homeowners, Edition x.y (where x and y are the major and minor version numbers indicated in the Guide), http://vibrationdamage.com/page URL. To use graphics from the CVDG royalty-free, seek permission, specifying in the detail all the materials you want to use from the CVDG. You may also ask questions about quoting parts of the CVDG by email to drzeigler@vibrationdamage.com.

Disclaimer: The pages and documents on Vibrationdamage.com are not offered, and should not be considered, as advice or counsel on the law in any jurisdiction or form. Seek the advice of an attorney having construction vibration damage claim experience and knowledge, if you need legal help. Trademarks appearing on the site and in the CVDG are the properties of their respective owners and are used in the CVDG only for the purpose of identification. Information appearing on the site and in the CVDG is believed correct, but the site and the CVDG are provided "as-is". They are not guaranteed or warranted in any way, nor are your uses of them warranted or guaranteed.

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