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 those who are considering non-legal remedies or legal action (lawsuit) and those who simply want to find out about vibration damage due to pending construction in their area.
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 40 important scientific and technical documents which CVDG readers can get 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 extended 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.
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 claims with a minimum of expense and stress.
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 other than 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 is constantly updated with new content. Each "edition" of the CVDG PDF has upgrades and updates on every page, with several 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
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Viewing and Using the CVDG
The CVDG can be viewed either as web pages on Vibrationdamage.com or in full, with extra content, as a single free PDF document. I recommend that you view the Recognizing Damage section of the Guide as web pages, if you want to see full size versions of some damage photos present as thumbnails there. To learn more about construction vibration damage via our web pages, you can begin with the Table of Contents, Introduction or Executive Summary chapters, then follow the links to other parts of the CVDG. 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.
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.
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.
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