Jim Houlette

Modified Rafter and Ceiling Joists for a Remodel Makes a Huge Difference

by Jim Houlette November 30, 2017

EVstudio provided Structural Engineering services for a recent remodel in south Denver.  This remodel involved modifying the existing rafters and flat ceiling joists to have a new vaulted ceiling.  The existing rafters were left in place and reinforced using collar ties.  Once the collar ties […]

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Basement Structural Floors

by Jim Houlette November 14, 2017

When a new house is located on a site with expansive soil an elevated structural floor is typically the best solution to prevent unwanted floor movement in the basement. The normal slab-on-grade basement floor is 4″ thick and is supported by the soil.  If the […]

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AutoDesk Revit Structure and Bentley RAM working together

by Jim Houlette October 30, 2017

EVstudio’s structural department is working on several new projects where we will be modeling the structure in Revit and exporting it to RAM to complete the analysis. The first trial tests have been working great.  As we become more comfortable with the process we will […]

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Effect of Overdriven Fasteners on Shear Wall Capacity

by Jim Houlette October 26, 2017

With the use of nail guns set too high and the speed of construction, many nails are over driven.  Most building officials don’t seem to notice or comment on this error.  But, if they do you might have a lot of work ahead of you […]

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USP Specifier

by Jim Houlette August 25, 2017

USP has recently added a software called USP Specifier to help you determine the best connector for the situation you have.  You can download the software and watch helpful learning tools on their website. A great tool to better serve your client by selecting the […]

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Understanding Trus Joist Pro Ratings and Minimum Deflections by Code

by Jim Houlette May 15, 2017

When designing floor joists engineers must check several design properties including moment, shear, bearing and deflection.  In this article we are going to focus on deflection since it is a common complaint from homeowners. For any structural member deflection limits must be satisfied based on […]

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EVstudio is now using Blackpoint Software with ACA

by Jim Houlette May 15, 2017

Our structural department is working with Oakwood Homes and has recently added Blackpoint Software to AutoCAD Architecture (ACA) to help improve our services to our Client.  Blackpoint provides may great features for home builders.  First, it helps to organize and track plans, it also helps […]

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Structural Engineer Home Inspections

by Jim Houlette May 15, 2017

One of the many services EVstudio provides is structural engineering home inspections for home sellers or buyers.  A structural engineer is typically requested to inspect a home if the general home inspector observes a crack or movement in a home.  General home inspectors are not […]

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Why It’s Critical To Have Correct Floating Sill Plates on Slab-On-Grade Floors in Colorado

by Jim Houlette May 15, 2017

When I’m requested to investigate a house with structural concerns one of the first things I check is proper floating sill plates on slab-on-grade floors.  I’m always amazed how so many basements are finished without a floating sill plate or some way of allowing the […]

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You Want to Remove a Load Bearing Wall?

by Jim Houlette May 15, 2017
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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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USP Specifier Free Download

by Jim Houlette January 29, 2017

This industry leading software is designed for Engineers and Estimators: Manage the complexity of the proper selection of hangers Provide project management & cost control Generate summary reports, bid and connector conversion information Conveniently transfer project summary, schedule tables and installation details to CAD working […]

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A Reason We Have Engineers and Architects – Designing to Meet Code

by Jim Houlette January 20, 2017

EVstudio’s Structural Department was recently called to an existing house to provide recommendations to a home owner for completing a remodel in progress.   This is a typical request that EVstudio takes care of several times a week. But this visit will always be remembered, […]

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