Ross Maxwell, PE

Floating Stairway to Heaven

by Ross Maxwell, PE September 28, 2018

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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Cracking Concrete Driveway

by Ross Maxwell, PE August 13, 2018

This past weekend a home owner asked me to look at a recently replaced driveway that was already cracking. Prior to the replacement, the old driveway was cracked and settling in several locations and was becoming a nuisance to clear snow in the winter and […]

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Submittal Review: Are Your Connections Legit?

by Ross Maxwell, PE June 29, 2018
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I recently completed a submittal review for Black Roofing Inc. Black Roofing Inc. was submitting a metal siding and solar collector metal wall panel package for review and approval by the Engineer of Record for a project. One of the requirements of the project specifications […]

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Epoxy Port Injection System for Cracks

by Ross Maxwell, PE December 29, 2017

I recently completed an observation for a homeowner who had discovered vertical cracks in their home’s concrete foundation. The homeowner mentioned he was planning on excavating the soil around the crack and smearing epoxy on the outside of the foundation wall.  The homeowner is on […]

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Retrofit Roof Top Mechanical Units

by Ross Maxwell, PE 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, PE 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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Ryland Homes of Colorado

by Ross Maxwell, PE February 9, 2015
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EVstudio is proud to announce our new partnership with Ryland Homes. Ryland Homes is a national home builder providing beautiful, personalized homes in 17 states including Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas […]

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Helical Piers Highlights

by Ross Maxwell, PE October 8, 2014
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A helical anchor/pile is a segmented deep foundation system with helical bearing plates welded to a central steel shaft. Once installed, the load is transferred from the supported structure, down the shaft to the soil through the helical bearing plates. The central steel shafts can […]

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Sapphire Build at International Builders Show

by Ross Maxwell, PE February 5, 2013
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EVstudio attended the International Builders Show in Las Vegas. This years show included over 900 exhibitors including MiTek which showcased its Sapphire Software suite. The Sapphire Suite includes two software programs that EVstudio uses on a daily basis, Sapphire Structure and Sapphire Build, formerly Blackpoint. […]

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Sapphire Structure at IBS

by Ross Maxwell, PE January 31, 2013
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Just returned from this years International Builders Show in Las Vegas. EVstudio had the honor of presenting at the MiTek booth. As can be seen below Jim Houlette gave a riveting lecture on how EVstudio uses the Sapphire Structure software in everyday design of residential […]

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Blackpoint Box Options

by Ross Maxwell, PE July 2, 2012
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I was recently working with Oakwood Homes to add some additional options to one of their homes series. By using the Blackpoint software add-in for AutoCad, this becomes a relatively easy process. A base model is drafted, then just the parts that are affected by […]

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