Engineering

Confirmed: Treated Lumber Now Looks Quite Similar to Untreated Lumber

by evstudio July 27, 2018
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It recently while performing routine structural observations it has come to find that the process of treating lumber has changed and modern treated lumber looks quite different than that of the last 5 or so years. Below is an example of what treated lumber had […]

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Simpson Strong-Tie Will Replace Commonly Specified “AB” and “ABE” Standoff Post Bases with the “ABW” in 2012

by evstudio July 23, 2018
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New for 2012 is the Simpson Strong-Tie ABW standoff post base. It will be available in March of 2012 and will serve as the replacement to the similar AB and ABE products. The advantages of the ABW will be that it will provide a slightly […]

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Lose Weight Today! Ask Me How. – Steel Beams

by evstudio July 2, 2018

I apologize if the title is misleading. The weight I am talking about is the weight of steel beams. Why am I concerned about the weight of steel beams you may ask? The answer is that steel product suppliers typically price steel beams in terms […]

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

by Jim Houlette July 2, 2018

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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2018 ENR Colorado/Wyoming Top Design Firm Award

by Eva Pearce June 19, 2018

Results are in, and EVstudio has won a spot in the 2018 ENR Colorado/Wyoming Top Design Firm award category.  EVstudio has jumped from 52 out of 500 in 2017 to #48 out of 500 in the award line-up. We are humbled to be recognized as […]

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Do This One Simple Trick to Lower Your Energy Bills for Your Home

by Dean Dalvit May 11, 2018
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We had the pleasure of having an entry in the recent Parade of Luxury Homes in Evergreen Colorado, and our home was by far the largest on the tour. Many people remarked at the size of the home and questioned what it took to heat […]

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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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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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Proper Bearing of I-Joist Rafters

by evstudio March 29, 2018

As today’s architectural design trends toward more open floor plans with vaulted ceilings there is a need for economical rafters that will span long distances while maintaining a shallow profile. In many situations pre-manufactured I-joist rafters fit that need. As a structural engineer I have […]

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Seismic Testing of a Mid-Rise Wood Framed Structure

by evstudio March 27, 2018

After the destruction caused by the 1995 Kobe earthquake the Japanese government took it upon themselves to construct the world’s largest seismic testing table, often referred to as a “shake table”. This testing facility, called Earth-Defense, was built to its enormous size out of necessity. […]

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Fastening to Concrete – Wedge Style Expansion Anchors

by evstudio March 27, 2018

There are many situations were it may become necessary to attach a timber ledger to a concrete wall. It is desirable in many new homes to lower the elevation of the finished floor to make a home more wheel chair accessible. An example of the […]

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