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Chain Migration for Architects and Engineers

by Sean O'Hara July 18, 2018

One of the greatest compliments we receive as a firm is when our existing employees tell their friends and former coworkers about us and they also choose to join the EVstudio team. I’ve jokingly referred to this as “chain migration” and its become a regular […]

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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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Reinforcing Concrete Slabs-on-Grade

by Calvin Curtis May 11, 2018

A few weeks ago, I got a great question regarding the reinforcement of concrete slabs-on-grade, so I thought I’d take a quick minute to share how rebar works structurally when the slab is continuously supported by earth. First, it’s important to understand that, structurally, no […]

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Agreements, Proposals and Contracts Used by Architects, Engineers and Contractors

by Sean O'Hara March 27, 2018

There are no shortage of different forms for agreements, proposals and contracts in the design and construction industry. The base contracts of the design and construction industry are the contracts produced by the American Institute of Architects. These contracts have been in place for more […]

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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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Meet the newest EVers to join EVstudio

by Eva Pearce March 8, 2018

Our website says that we are growing and that is no lie. EVstudio is always seeking exceptional professionals in architecture, engineering and administration to meet the demands of our ever-growing organization. 2018, has already brought new faces to our disciplines and we are excited to […]

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Architects and Engineers need Errors & Omissions Insurance

by Sean O'Hara February 14, 2018

When you are making decisions about hiring an architect, engineer or other licensed building professional it is important to verify that they carry Errors & Omissions Insurance (E&O). As a client, errors and omissions insurance protects you from major professional mistakes that cause you financial […]

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Top Five Toys for Structural Engineers

by Katelyn Wager February 1, 2018
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A countless number of toys exist today, but there are a few that have become the favorites of structural engineers.  Below is a list of the top toys that will help kids start thinking about structural design and get their creative juices flowing. Legos – […]

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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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Understanding Long-Term Losses in Post-Tension Tendons

by Calvin Curtis December 7, 2017

As a structural designer, I started my career working on post-tension structures.  Those of you who have been with us for some time know that those can include things as small as a single tennis or basketball court as well as some of the tallest […]

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Sequential Stressing and Elastic Losses

by Calvin Curtis October 19, 2017
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In a previous post, I discussed the sources of short- and long-term losses in unbonded post-tension tendons.  Recently, a question came up on one of my LinkedIn groups regarding elastic shortening and sequential stressing. To refresh your minds, concrete — which is generally regarded by […]

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Change of Use May Require a Structural Engineer

by Sean O'Hara August 25, 2017

When the use of a building changes from one occupancy to another, say a store to a restaurant, you certainly need an architect to help you. The architect deals with exiting, fixture counts, layout issues and provides the stamped plans that you’ll need for the […]

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