1. July 2010 03:02
An elevator consultant specializes in the design, testing and maintenance inspection of elevators, escalators, moving walkways and conveyances that move people. Unlike elevator mechanics they do not normally perform work on conveyances. Some elevator consultants may also work as private elevator inspectors. Some jurisdiction may accept independent third party inspectors for certified inspections while others may employ their own inspectors.
Elevator consultants work for property owners, developers, building tenants, architects, engineers, municipal code enforcement bodies and insurance companies. They perform task of identifying elevator system options for developers in order to create the most efficient transportation solution for a specific building. They also design elevator systems for Architects and Engineers, including elevator bank traffic studies, component specifications and providing blueprint for incorporation into contract bid packages.
Elevator Consultants can be a helpful resource to those who are involved in the design of new buildings and the management of existing buildings. An Elevator Consultant will typically not perform work on a conveyance in order to ensure their independence. In some instances, they may be authorized to address serious hazards as part of their ethical responsibility to the public by removing a conveyance from service, until potential dangers can be addressed.