Adjacent Construction Activity in Urban Areas: Understanding and Managing the Risks

Date: June 5, 2020 12:00pm
Location: Online Zoom Webinar
Speaker(s): Scott DiFiore
monitoring adjacent construction

Friday, June 5, 2020

Eastern: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Central: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Mountain: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Pacific: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Online Zoom Webinar

aiaParticipants will earn 1.0 AIA CES Learning Unit (LU/HSW) for attending the live webinar. Please note that space is limited. Registration is free.


Heavy civil construction in dense urban environments directly affects neighbors and existing adjacent structures. Demolition, excavation, and dewatering can cause damage to nearby buildings and infrastructure. Project teams that overlook impacts to neighboring structures during the design phase often see these issues come to light during construction, which may manifest in damage or delays. In this webinar, we will discuss the risks inherent for various types of adjacent construction activities and explore ways to evaluate and manage these risks.

After attending this seminar, participants will be able to: 

  • Identify adjacent construction threats that can jeopardize a project. 
  • Understand rules of thumb that quantify level of risk. 
  • Recognize statutes and codes related to adjacent construction.
  • Learn approaches and methods used to mitigate risk at the project level.



scott difioreScott J. DiFiore, P.E. | Principal
Scott has extensive experience designing, investigating, and rehabilitating a variety of structures. He leverages his degrees in both structural and geotechnical engineering to solve complex problems related to below-grade construction and soil-structure interaction, including underpinning systems, excavation-support systems, deep and shallow foundations, retaining walls, slabs, slopes, dams, tunnels, buried utilities, and other underground structures. His broad experience has also involved evaluation of risks to existing structures due to construction activity, assessment and repair of deteriorated concrete, evaluation and retrofit of elevated slabs and roof decks for new equipment or load conditions, condition assessments, and design of temporary works. As part of Scott’s work, he uses the in-house laboratory to assess conditions of materials including concrete, wood, steel, coatings, and other materials. Scott has taught classes in Applied Mechanics at Tufts University and serves on Geotechnical Advisory Committee that supports the Massachusetts State Building Code.


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