Jim Houlette

MiTek SAPPHIRE Viewer is Free on Apple’s App Store

by Jim Houlette May 11, 2018
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You can download the free app for viewing the SAPPHIRE 3D models from iTunes here. With MiTek SAPPHIRE™ Mobile Viewer, you can receive 3D MiTek SAPPHIRE™ models via email and view them right from your iPhone or iPad. Control what you see with visibility switches, […]

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Raft Slab-on-Grade Foundation

by Jim Houlette May 11, 2018

A Raft Slab-on-Grade foundation can be as simple as a 4” thick slab with no reinforcement and a shallow perimeter rib to an 8” thick slab heavily reinforced with deep ribs spaced roughly 10’o.c.  The wide range of concrete thicknesses and reinforcement is a function […]

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Post Tensioned Slab on Grade Sport Courts

by Jim Houlette May 11, 2018

Why use a post tensioned slab-on-grade for your sport courts? Performance and long term total cost. A post tensioned concrete slab on grade requires little maintenance compared to a asphalt or mildly reinforced concrete slab.  In addition, post tensioned slabs do not require control joints […]

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Windtronics Honeywell Wind Turbine

by Jim Houlette March 29, 2018
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A couple of us from EVstudio walked down to the Colorado Garden and Home Show Friday afternoon.  We were really impressed with many new items and it was great to see so many people we knew.  Sounds like everyone there was having a great time […]

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Types and Design of Wood Trusses

by Jim Houlette March 27, 2018

Here are some great resources about the different types of wood trusses and how they are designed.  If you have any questions about roof or floor trusses please let us know. Alpine Engineered Products – Builder’s Guide SBCA – Structural Building Components Association – Truss […]

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Straight Shaft Drilled Concrete Pier Foundation

by Jim Houlette March 27, 2018

Straight Shaft Drilled Concrete Piers are constructed by drilling a hole into the ground and filling it with concrete and reinforcing. The diameter of the pier varies depending on the load the pier must support.

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Purdue’s large scale testing facility

by Jim Houlette March 27, 2018
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Purdue has a large scale civil engineering testing facility with over 50.000sqft of testing area indoors.  The floor is 14ft thick and supported by 5ft diameter piers reaching a 45ft depth! Capable of a 1,000,000lb load with only .1″ of deflection. The building was built […]

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You Want to Remove a Load Bearing Wall?

by Jim Houlette March 27, 2018
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One of the most common phone calls we receive is “We want to remove a wall, we’re not sure if it’s load bearing.  Can you help?” We are happy to help! The first thing that is needed is an observation.  Our structural engineers can determine […]

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Clearance of Steel Beams in a Crawlspace

by Jim Houlette February 9, 2018

For any elevated structural you need to provide sufficient space below the framing members to meet code requirements.  But there are several other reasons why you should provide additional clearance. If you are building a structural floor with wood joists you must provide 18” clearance […]

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Helical Pier Foundations

by Jim Houlette January 11, 2018

Helical piers are typically used when repairing failed shallow foundations.  The helical piers are a deep foundation system that can be placed alongside existing foundations with very little interference. However, helical piers are also used for new construction as an alternative to typical straight shaft […]

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St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Castle Rock

by Jim Houlette January 11, 2018

EVstudio provided post tension foundation design for the recent St Francis of Assisi Church.  The Church is being built by Fransen Pittman and designed by Architectural Innovations, LLC. This was a great project to be a part of.  The project was an addition to an […]

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Wall on Grade Foundation

by Jim Houlette December 29, 2017

Simple and cost effective, but limited in design capabilities.  A wall on grade is just as simple as it sounds.  If the bearing capacity of the soil is moderate to high and the load from the structure is light then a typical spread footing can […]

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