A structural waterproofing consultant is a specialist appointed to provide information and guidance relating to the design, installation and maintenance of a structure’s waterproofing.
It has often been the case in the past that architects or structural engineers assumed responsibility for structural waterproofing design. However, this can lead to over-design of waterproofing and an over-reliance on manufacturer’s details. This can also be the case if a manufacturer is appointed as the specialist since they will inevitably specify their own products. Both of these scenarios can lead to the client receiving a less optimal solution than might be devised by a specialist. An insurance underwriter may insist on a waterproofing specialist being appointed.
The benefits of appointing a consultant are that they are specially qualified and experienced in creating solutions to prevent water ingress that can work within any constraints (e.g. budget, spatial) that the project faces.