expert reports

expert reports

an iarchitecture expert report It is a document in which a qualified technician presents conclusions based on the analysis and investigation of the facts and circumstances that led to its preparation.

What is an expert report used for?

It is usually carried out as part of a legal process or a home damage assessment operation. Its function is to help clarify the facts in an objective way by an external professional.

Architecture Report Types

The Expert reports can have various purposes and types depending on the objective for which they are written. Confusions usually occur on this topic, so we will see all the documents related to this area:

  • Technical report. It is a document signed by a collegiate architect where he will describe the situation based on objective and specific data without providing personal opinions. Examples of this type of document can be the Technical Inspection of Buildings (ITES) of residential buildings.
  • opinion. The opinions are commissioned by an authority and are focused on obtaining specific evidence on the situation. In this type of documents, hypotheses and opinions on the part of the architect are allowed in order to establish conclusions.
  • expert reports The expert opinions are similar to the opinions but in the document, in addition to establishing a conclusion based on facts and data, an economic assessment of the damages caused by the situation is also usually made.
  • Certificates. Certificates are short documents that are usually needed for a specific administrative procedure requested by an organization. Examples of this type can be certificates of age of housing or certificates of habitability.

Differences between technical report and expert opinion

The difference between the technical report and the expert opinion is whether or not there are assessments by the architect. The technical report can describe the situation objectively and accurately. Thus, the technician cannot give an opinion or formulate hypotheses about a specific case. On the other hand, in the expert opinion, the architect must in any case draw conclusions based on his knowledge and experience. Therefore, in his declaration, the technician makes both objective descriptions and subjective opinions, always based on his own knowledge. It is clear that without them, the technician would not be able to draw accurate conclusions about the causes of the situation, which is the subject of the report. Now let's see when this type of report is needed.

  • Technical report -> The facts are described with evidence obtained during the visit.
  • Expert opinion -> Includes technical assessments

When is an expert report necessary?

The opinion of an expert is necessary if there is disagreement or disagreement in the situation and any damage has been done. These disputes can be judicial or extrajudicial, depending on the context in which they take place. For example, an out-of-court dispute may be a loss assessment report by the insurer or the insurer contesting the company's assessment. In legal disputes we receive expert reports and judicial or independent experts.

Content of an expert report

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Once we have seen the different types of reports, their differences and the situations that give rise to them, let's see the content of an expert report:

  • Background or context. This section will describe both the people involved and the circumstances before the situation arose.
  • object of report. Obvious but basic section of the report, where the technician specifies the purpose of the report and who commissioned it.
  • Technical evaluations. Based on the documentation in his possession, the technician will make an argument of the dispute and the different causes that have generated the situation, based on his experience and knowledge of the case.
  • conclusions. This is the most important section, since a summary of everything stated in the report is made and both causes and possible repairs are exposed.
  • Photo report. Photographs of the property object of the report that support the technical assessment carried out.
  • Documentary annexes. On many occasions, the technician can also use documents to justify his assessments, so it is necessary to attach these documents to reference them correctly.
  • Budget and valuation of damages. In some reports it is necessary to carry out an assessment of the damages and the repairs that are necessary to restore the damages caused.

Approximately this would be the structure of a standard report, although it is true that depending on each specific case, the report can become as complex as the particular case is.

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