What goes into material selection?

In the past twenty years, new materials have emerged that have significantly changed the structural design and component manufacturing process. While a mechanical engineer can design a component based on material strength and dimensional requirements, structural engineers have to take into consideration many more parameters in how materials interact to determine the life cycle of the structure, its serviceability, Read More

Three Habits of Highly Effective Engineers

We’ve covered what owners should look for in a structural engineer before - but this time, we’re focused on you, engineers. Learning these habits won’t just make your work easier, but also provide a wealth of value to every project you’re a part of. Although you’ve likely learned everything you need through your education, these habits often can’t be taught, and are instead learned through experience. We’re here to Read More

Key Considerations for Choosing the Right Project Delivery Method

Determining the right project delivery method should be the first priority in your next big job. Often, the delivery method can make or break a project - so choosing the right one is essential. By carefully evaluating the circumstances of the project, you can be sure that you've set up for success. Costs Costs are always front and center for any project owner, but shouldn’t be the sole determinator of your project Read More

What Do Structural Engineers Bring to a Project?

From small structures to large projects that require seemingly endless planning, structural engineers are often brought in to figure out details such as the necessary materials, design of the framework, and other requirements dictated by the project. It’s our job to ensure that the structure will be built to last, and doing so requires plenty of experience in many different aspects of engineering. Structural Read More

The Foundations of Our Skylines

Where do you start building a skyscraper? Logically, from the bottom - the most critical, and yet often unseen, part of a skyscraper begins underground. To hold such a massive structure in place, a heavy and solid piece of material is needed to anchor it. The foundations of these massive towers can vary depending on the size of the building and where it’s being placed, which may lead to some interesting design Read More

How Structural Engineering Wins the Battle Against Wind

Despite how it may sound, architectural engineers are not Don Quixote. Wind can be one of the largest enemies when designing the framework of a skyscraper, considering that they often reach hundreds of feet into the air. In Florida, these buildings must be built in accordance with the Florida building code, which specifies that they need to be able to withstand winds of nearly 200 miles per hour in areas like Read More

What to Look for in a Structural Engineer

The foundation and framing of your project is the last place you want to cut corners. It’s important to hire a professional structural engineer you trust and rest easy knowing that the framework of your structure is being constructed properly. Finding the right engineer for your project can be a difficult process if you’re unfamiliar with what to look for, but finding a great engineer is invaluable to making your Read More

What Are The Main Causes of Foundation Failure?

Few outcomes are more catastrophic for a structure than foundation failure. Depending on the reason, remediation measures can be highly expensive and, in extreme cases, the structure may have to be relocated. Below is an overview of the main causes of foundation failure and how they may be anticipated and/or avoided. Masonry Settles Unequally Mortar joints can shrink and compress, causing unequal settlement of the Read More

4 Common Causes of Construction Project Delays

The bigger the construction project, the more likely that contractors, architects, engineers, and designers will encounter delays. Any construction professional who has been involved in at least a few projects knows this inevitability all too well. Through planning, experience, and a little luck, construction professionals can mitigate delays in a project. Being able to mitigate delays, however, requires project Read More

Wood or Steel for Your Commercial Building?

For decades now, steel has been the material of choice for construction project owners and developers. This is mainly true for commercial buildings, as property owners and investors typically want the real estate to appreciate over time. There are also more obvious benefits of steel over wood, including protection against water damage (rotting and warping) and fire. The fire risks for wood can obviously be mitigated Read More