Structure

Reviewing Elongation Reports

by Calvin Curtis August 25, 2017
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At this point, I think it’s fair to say that I’m a proponent of post-tensioned structures.  I’ve found that they can be very economical, and there are many things you can only do with post-tensioned concrete.  However, there’s one point that I think all structural engineers […]

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

by evstudio August 25, 2017
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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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It’s Okay to be a Little Shifty

by Dean Dalvit August 25, 2017

This post is for all of those framers who diligently adhered to a structural framing plan to the letter and wound up with more backout framing than they knew what to do with once the plumber and mechanical contractor had their way with the joists. […]

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Home Maintenance – It Can Save Your Life

by EVstudio AEP May 15, 2017

We do a fair amount of work observing structures after a fire.  Sometimes those fires start from a child with a cigarette lighter or an electrical short due to faulty installation. We primarily inspect for structural integrity but sometimes we consult on how to properly install a new fireplace. Other […]

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Cantilevered Stair in Modern Home

by EVstudio AEP May 15, 2017
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I swung by one of my projects today to see how things were coming along. The last time I was there the stairs to the upper level were temped in. Today the steel frame for the cantilevered stairs shone in all its glory. At one […]

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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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Retrofit Roof Top Mechanical Units

by Ross Maxwell May 15, 2017
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I just completed a job that involved placing a new roof top mechanical unit at an existing commercial building.  The building was located in Louisville Colorado and was for an expanding local organic bakery. After receiving the as built structural plans for the building, the […]

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Simpad Blackpoint Newbie

by Ross Maxwell May 15, 2017

I have been using Blackpoint for a little over a three months and I have to say it has been pretty exciting. From watching the home builder demonstrate how, with a push of a few buttons, the software automatically pieces together a unique set of […]

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New Location of EVstudio Texas Featured in Killeen Daily Herald

by evstudio May 15, 2017

Construction is underway for the new home of EVstudio Texas. The new location at 109 W. Avenue D in Copperas Cove, Texas is Copperas Cove native and EVstudio Texas principal Gene Dane’s effort to give back to the community and help revitalize the city’s abandoned […]

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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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Floating Stairway to Heaven

by Ross Maxwell April 15, 2017

I recently completed a rather unique stair design for a client. The client had completed an addition to their home, but during construction the client determined the stair, which led to a loft area, was not the design they wanted and therefore it was not […]

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Denver Dad Saves $$$ on Post-Tension Tendon Supports Using One Simple Trick

by Calvin Curtis April 7, 2017

Last month, I discussed the need for precompression in a post-tensioned slab.  In that post, I mentioned that the code minimum amount of precompression is 125 psi for elevated slabs. I’ve also mentioned some of the various types of elevated decks in the past.  One […]

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