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Structure Support On Laterally Swept Piles
Anyone who has observed a significant number of piles has seen that, inevitably, the pile is not perfectly straight after driving. In spite of the best efforts of contractors, there are a whole host of reasons for piles to end up out-of-plumb or to have a curve, sometimes referred to as pile sweep. For two, recent projects with numerous swept pile, the available research was determined to be limited in application given the investigated pile sizes, lengths and measured sweep. As a result, the project team chose to perform static load testing to evaluate the ultimate resistance of the swept...
October 17, 2018
[OnDemand Webinar] Implementing a Successful Roof Asset Management Plan
Understanding the performance and remaining service life of facility assets can be challenging. This is especially true if you own multiple buildings or facilities across different geographies. Knowing a building’s assets can provide a benchmark to optimize life cycle costs and improve reliability of facility assets across an organization’s entire portfolio. By establishing a roof asset management program, information pertaining to facilities components, such as roofs, enables owners to make better decisions and more complete budget forecasts with greater accuracy around decisions for repair or replacement/capital expenditures. One of the most important parts of an asset management program is turning...
March 10, 2016
New Building Code Calls for Continuous Insulation
In one of the latest moves toward energy conservation, a new building code requires the application of a technique known as “continuous insulation”. This technique involves placing a layer of insulation on the exterior of a building to deal with heat loss that results from thermal transfer at studs as a result of conduction. Ultimately, this technique attempts to improve the overall insulation value of walls. There are a few issues with this requirement, however, such as determining where the dewpoint exists in the wall system. Continuous insulation frequently uses board insulation, or sheathing, on the outside of a building,...