Engineering

Understanding R-Value and Insulation

by evstudio May 30, 2019

This post is provided by Earthcore SIPs. There are many conditions that determine the effectiveness of any building material to provide comfort and energy efficient performance. R-Value is only one of these factors or measurement tools. R-Value is the measure of resistance to heat flow […]

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How to Repair Brick Walls that are Separating (Delamination)

by Jim Houlette May 30, 2019
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In the last year I’ve been finding an increase in the number of brick wall failures.  Most of the walls are in need of repointing due to the age of the dwelling and some are in need of more significant structural repairs.  One common repair […]

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Quickly Construct Concrete Pad Footings with FASTBAG

by evstudio May 30, 2019

At a recent seminar I attended I was introduced to the Fab-Form product called FASTBAG. This product is brilliantly simple….a textile bag you can fill with concrete and reinforcing bars to take the place of the wood formwork traditionally utilized to construct pad footings. The […]

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Bentley RAM Structural Software used by EVstudio

by Jim Houlette May 21, 2019

The structural department prefers to use Bentley RAM structural design software for our finite element design needs.  The total design package includes many different tools that can be used individually or together as shown above when several different materials and framing members are used.  The […]

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Wall on Grade Foundation

by Jim Houlette April 19, 2019

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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Steel Screw Pile Foundation

by Jim Houlette March 29, 2019

A deep foundation system that is gaining popularity in areas with difficult soil, contaminated soil and due to its speed of construction is steel screw piles. At first glance screw piles look like the typical helical pier.  However, there are significant differences that make a […]

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The How, What, and Why’s of Structural Floor Systems

by Peter Youngbauer March 15, 2019
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So picture it, you, the ultimate DIYer — Soon-To-Be proud homeowner of your own house. Maybe you have your perfect plot of land in the mountains selected, or you have torn down property to construct your dream custom house. Everything is going to plan when […]

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Architectural and Structural Coordination in 3 Dimensions

by EVstudio AEP March 11, 2019
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You may have heard that we use a software package known as Revit. One of the things that we really like other than the fairly intuitive interface is that the architects and the structural engineers here work within the same file. Once the schematic design […]

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LEED ID Credits – New LEED Pilot Credit Library

by EVstudio AEP March 8, 2019

Earlier this year, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) introduced a new dimension to their Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Rating Systems for green building certifications known as the Pilot Credit Library (PCL). The PCL currently includes 41 Pilot Credits which can be […]

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Platt Park Footing Inspection

by Katelyn Wager February 6, 2019
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Today I hit an exciting milestone in my budding career.  I conducted my first footing inspection of a model house I mentioned in a previous article!  EVstudio conducts countless site inspections of the foundation and framing plans we design, but today’s was the footing inspection […]

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Post-Tension Crack Control (or, Keep that Duct Tape Handy)

by EVstudio AEP January 17, 2019

Last month, I wrote a blog post about things you can’t fix with duct tape — specifically, post-tension tendon sheathing.  A couple of my readers told me that I’d strayed dangerously close to heresy — so I thought I’d write a post about something post-tensioned […]

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Restrained versus Unrestrained Members

by EVstudio AEP January 7, 2019
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In the last several months, I’ve had many questions about what constitutes a “restrained” concrete member, and what constitutes an “unrestrained” concrete member.  The volume has been such that I’ve decided to take a break from my usual post-tensioned discussions and lay this out. This […]

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