Working As a Community to Make More Resilient Cities

Major cities worldwide are seeing rapid population growth, which leads to an extensive need for housing and infrastructure for support. As Miami continues to grow, the city is facing complex issues like urban sprawl, rising sea levels, and extreme weather. However, like all problems engineers face, there isn’t one that can’t be solved. There are already efforts underway to make more sustainable and resilient cities Read More

The Future of Structural Engineering

The construction industry is one of the most innovative and fast-paced industries in the world. Every building needs regular maintenance and upgrades, which is why inspections are an essential part of engineering. Explosive technological advancements in robotics and AI systems have had a significant impact on the industry, which will likely enable more efficient construction and more sustainable building practices. Read More

Sustainability In Construction and Design

The environmental impact of buildings and their construction is a growing concern for consumers, builders, and politicians. The most common topic has been the rising cost of goods, and the diminishing availability of the necessary materials. “Sustainability” is a hot-button issue, but it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what that means and what action to take. In this post, we will examine sustainability practices in Read More

The Challenges of Designing for Florida’s Unique Climate

Structural engineering practices work the same essentially everywhere buildings are made, but some structures require specific considerations that depend on the climate and landscape that surrounds them. Countries like Japan have a lot of seismic activity which gives engineers a unique challenge to make sure the building has the stability to become a high-rise but remains flexible enough to withstand an earthquake Read More

Benefits of Outsourcing Your Engineers

There are many benefits to having full-time engineering staff in an architecture firm or construction business. You have an on-site resource to consult, and you have the opportunity to build trust with an individual who can learn to understand your business and personnel needs. There’s also the added element of quality control. Someone you hired has been personally vetted to meet all your requirements. But what Read More

How to Hire the Right Project Manager

Behind every successful project, there is a team of skilled and qualified professionals that went the extra mile. Foremost among them is the project manager who handled all of the details that brought everything together. At DDA Engineers, we’ve worked with some outstanding project managers and are sharing some tips for hiring the best ones. What Does a Project Manager Do? A better question would be, what does a Read More

What are the basics of structural engineering?

Structural engineering is the backbone of building new structures and remodeling existing ones. However, understanding the basics of structural engineering can go a long way in helping ensure you are in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations. This way, you can save time and money as you formulate your building plans. What Is Structural Engineering? Structural engineering involves the process of Read More

How Does a Building’s Purpose and Location Relate to Its Design?

During the planning stages of a building project, there are multiple considerations for everyone on the team. For the structural engineers, the primary concern is understanding the relationship between the structure’s design, location, and intended purpose.  Residential Buildings Safety and accessibility are the most important considerations when designing residential properties, particularly multi-family buildings. Read More

What Are the Most Common Failures to Watch Out for in a Concrete Structure?

Concrete is a common construction material and has been used for many years. It is strong, durable, weatherproof, and most important of all, cheap - making it a popular choice for many building projects. However, while concrete is extremely durable and reliable when installed correctly, it is susceptible to certain failure mechanisms. As such, a structural engineer must carefully consider these issues when designing Read More

How Structural Engineers Prepare Structures for Hurricanes

Hurricanes pose one of the biggest challenges to the integrity of our buildings, and as such, structural engineers are tasked with the design and protection of buildings from the damage they can cause. They must take a number of steps to ensure that the structures they design are able to withstand the force of a hurricane, and then some. We can’t settle for “good enough” - when a bigger-than-expected hurricane hits, Read More