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Mark R. Jones, CSI, CCS
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Username: mjones

Post Number: 4
Registered: 12-2006
Posted on Thursday, September 04, 2008 - 04:39 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

What is everyone's opinion on including progress photograph's in the architect's field report?

Do not include them because of potential liability concerns if problems are discovered during construction and the photograph indicates it?

Or, include them because the photographs are meant to be a record of progress of construction not an exhaustive photographic documentation of the Work?
Nathan Woods, CCCA, LEED AP
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Username: nwoods

Post Number: 268
Registered: 08-2005
Posted on Thursday, September 04, 2008 - 04:58 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

My office very specifically does not include photographs in Field Reports, unless they conform to the following two exceptions:
1. Birds Eye View. A very general photo of the general progress of the site.
2. A very detailed "macro view" photo of a specific item or element.

The concern is as you stated, there may be other things in the background of the photo that could be argued against us if we were silent on it initially.

Ultimately, I prefer a written narrative, because if there is any doubt or uncertainty regarding what I've written, I can interpret or explain in response to questions from the other parties. These questions often lead to productive conversations about the work or the issue at hand.

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