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Waterproofing below ground structures and basements

Structural waterproofing is the term that describes methods used to prevent groundwater entering building structures that are below ground, which is required when a new underground structure is created or an existing basement is refurbished to provide a usable or habitable space. Waterproofing and drainage are important where groundwater is likely to build up in the soil and cause hydrostatic pressure (ground water under pressure) to be exerted on the walls and floors of the basement structure. Surveyors must be aware of all types of structural waterproofing systems, British Standard BS8102: 2009, and the design, planning and installation stages of any structural waterproofing projects below ground.

The learning outcomes of this course provide an understanding of:

  • understanding Structural Waterproofing
  • BS8102: 2009 “Code of practice for protection of below ground structures against water from the ground”
  • waterproofing design
  • structural waterproofing systems
  • methods of waterproofing and water management
  • other relevant guidance

Mike Bromley is a Building Surveyor with over 40 years of experience. Mike recently retired from the Property Care Association (PCA), in January 2017, where he was Technical Manager from May 2013. This followed a four year period of senior management for a National Property Care Company and two years working as a specialist surveyor in the property-care industry. He previously worked for the BWPDA (predecessor of PCA) between 1990 and 2007.

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Mike Bromley, Building Surveyor


Hog’s Back Hotel, Farnham GU10 1EX


Wednesday 27 February 2019, 9:20am–12:40pm

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