Structure

EVstudio is now using Blackpoint Software with ACA

by Jim Houlette May 7, 2019

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 Modeling in Revit

by EVstudio AEP April 19, 2019

With each new project we use more and more of the tools in our BIM toolbox. The latest tool that we have developed to the level of prime-time is our structural steel framing within Revit. We are currently working on a very unique custom home […]

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You Want to Remove a Load Bearing Wall?

by Jim Houlette April 19, 2019
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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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Getting Nailed: A Brief History of Nails

by evstudio February 8, 2019

Unless they get one in their car tire I am willing to bet that the average person does not spend a lot of time thinking about nails. I actually do think about nails quite a bit, but then again I am a structural engineer who, […]

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Gabion Walls can be used for Landscape Design as well as Retaining Wall Design

by Dean Dalvit February 6, 2019

One type of site wall system that is very common in Europe, and only beginning to gain popular acceptance in the US is a Gabion Wall System. Essentially, a Gabion wall is a wire cage that is formed to contain loose rocks as a mass. […]

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Quickly Construct Concrete Pad Footings with FASTBAG

by evstudio January 31, 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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Plate Crushing – Importance and Solutions

by Hayley Selden January 29, 2019
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“Sticky” doors and windows? Plate crushing could be to blame The Issue When there is a large point load coming down on a wall, even though the post below can withstand the load, that is not always the case for the top and bottom plates […]

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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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Foundation Construction – When Frost Depth Can Not Be Met

by evstudio November 30, 2018

The 2009 International Residential Code (IRC) specifies that foundation walls, foundation piers and other permanent support of buildings and structures shall be protected from frost heave. As we know, when water freezes it increases in volume. Bearing a structure’s foundation below the frost line helps […]

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Interpreting Truss Shop Drawing Dimensions

by evstudio November 16, 2018
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Spend any time as a structural engineer that deals with residential structures and you will no doubt be asked to review pre-engineered truss shop drawings.  For a young engineer this may be a daunting task from the look of the cut sheets (shown below). One […]

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Denver Engineers Not Surprised by New Post-Tension Rule

by EVstudio AEP November 6, 2018
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Good day!  Your usual post–tension maniac here, with more exciting information on post-tensioning! A few months ago, I mentioned that finishing post-tension tendons was an area of special concern, since corrosion is very much the arch-enemy of post-tension tendons.  There are actually a lot of […]

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Post-Tension Elongations: How Long is Too Long?

by EVstudio AEP September 29, 2018
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Recently, we’ve had a few projects where our post-tension elongations came up longer than expected.  As you’ll recall from my post earlier this year, elongation review is a critical part of an engineer’s acceptance of a post-tension slab.  However, I mostly concentrated on short pulls […]

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