Consulting SERVICES


New Building Design

  • We will provide traffic analysis, and will help plan and prepare construction documents and drawings. 

Alteration and Modernization

  • We will conduct a modernization needs analysis and assess the building and current equipment to let you know if your equipment should be modernized or if it still has useful life, allowing the alteration or modernization to be postponed to a future date. Should we recommend an alteration or modernization in the near future, we will present information regarding the application of new technology, the cost-effectiveness of new equipment and information regarding the preparation of construction documents. 

Capital Plan Study

  • We will review your existing equipment with recommendations and budgets for future expenditures to maintain your equipment in a safe and reliable condition.

Due Diligence

  • We will conduct an acquisition analysis and code and life safety reviews, while also providing you information regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and evaluations regarding the remaining useful life of the equipment. 

Maintenance Evaluations

  •  We will provide equipment evaluations, deficiency reports and recommendations and also maintenance service level recommendations.

Remediation Services and Legal Evaluations

  • DAMAGE ASSESSMENT - SEI is one of the industry leaders in damage assessment. If your equipment has been damaged by a hurricane, has sustained water damage due to flooding or any other damage, we can provide a complete evaluation and written report detailing the damage and the corrective measures required to return the equipment to safe operation.
  • ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION - Has an accident or injury involving a vertical transportation conveyance occurred on a unit you own or manage? Have you or a loved one sustained an injury on a vertical transportation conveyance? SEI can assist you! We provide accident investigation services to plaintiff or defendant.
  • EXPERT WITNESS - SEI can provide expert consultation, investigation and witness services in the courtroom for incidents and accidents involving all types of conveyance equipment. We have served in this capacity on many occasions and are happy to provide you references.


States which have adopted an elevator safety program, require building owners and/or managers to have their conveyances inspected on at least an annual basis. If you are located in a state that does not require inspections, you are not relieved of the responsibility to provide a safe conveyance. Although it is not being policed in your state, the A17.1 Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators does require an annual safety test. This fact is significant, as failure to maintain a current safety inspection exposes you to extreme liability in the event of an incident, accident, injury or death. We can work with you to minimize your exposure and liability, thereby potentially saving you time, money and emotional upset involved in addressing the legal consequences that could result in facing such an event. We would like to provide you some peace of mind.

SEI can inspect conveyances that are located in states not enforcing an elevator safety code. By doing this,  you can prove that you have done everything in your power to prevent an accident. You may then qualify for lower insurance rates through your carrier by having a safety program in place for your conveyances.



Acceptance Inspections

  •  These inspections must be performed on all new and altered installations before conveyance units can be made available for public use. 

Annual Tests and Inspections

  • For Traction Elevators, Roped-Hydraulic Elevators and Wheelchair Lifts, State-mandated Annual inspections require a Category 1 safety test (pressure test and "No Load" safety test).
  • For Direct-Acting Hydraulic Elevators, State-mandated Annual inspections require a Category 1 safety test (pressure test).

5-Year Full Load Tests and Inspections

  • For Traction Elevators and Roped-Hydraulic Elevators and Wheelchair Lifts, Stated-mandated 5-Year inspections require a Category 5 safety test (a "Full Load" working pressure test, a "Full Load" safety test, and a governor calibration test). These tests will be substituted for the Annual Category 1 safety test every 5 years. The Category 5 safety test requires the elevator to be loaded with test weights equal to the rated capacity of the elevator.  

Escalators and Moving Walks Tests and Inspections

  •  For Escalators and Moving Walks, State-mandated Step Index testing is required as part of the Annual Inspection. 

Temporary Construction Use and Construction Elevator Tests and Inspections

  • During building construction or renovation, an elevator can be commissioned for temporary use to provide the necessary access for the building trades. We can assist you in this process. 

SEI Inspects the Following Conveyances ...

  • Passenger Elevators - Includes Hydraulic, Roped Hydraulic, Traction and Machine Room Less (MRLs)
  • Freight Elevators - Includes Hydraulic, Roped Hydraulic, Traction and Machine Room Less (MRLs)
  • Escalators and Moving Walks
  • LULAs - Limited Use Limited Application Elevators
  • Private Residential Elevators - Includes Roped Hydraulic, Traction and Winding Drum Elevators
  • Dumbwaiters
  • Vertical Reciprocating Conveyors - Material lifts not meant for Passenger Use
  • Construction Elevators - Includes Rack and Pinion Drive
  • Wheelchair Lifts - Includes Vertical Platform Lifts, Inclined Stairway Platform Lifts and Stairway Chair Lifts

We Partner With Your Elevator Contractor For Your Convenience

Through our partnership with your elevator contractor, we are able to work in the middle, coordinating all of the resources needed to complete and maintain your certifications. This includes updating the state database of the Authority Having Jurisdiction, when we are allowed to do so, or providing you with the instructions and forms necessary to complete the process on your own, when we are not allowed to do so. Our involvement varies from state to state, as different protocols are required by each governing authority.