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Get your Structural Engineer Involved Early for Best Results

Get your Structural Engineer Involved Early for Best Results

When is the best time to hire your structural engineer?  The short answer to the question is as soon as practical. As a structural engineer myself, I am of course biased in my response, but let me offer a few reasons why I believe you should try to get your structural...

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Where Are We With the Cost of Wood?

Where Are We With the Cost of Wood?

It’s been a while since the cost of wood nearly quadrupled from pre-COVID levels in 2021. It was the first big story in the construction industry when the pandemic struck, and it affected every aspect of construction in America. So, where are we currently with the...

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“Cracking” the Case of Structural Cracking

“Cracking” the Case of Structural Cracking

It has been said that it is not a matter of if, but when, as it relates to concrete cracking. I suppose this truth also applies to brick, stucco, drywall, as well as a number of other brittle materials. So the ultimate question is, when is it a cause of concern? That...

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What I Learned from the Mass Timber Conference

What I Learned from the Mass Timber Conference

Wood is cool, trees are good, wood is better than steel at saving the world and keeps hippies happy. Going into the 2019 Mass Timber Conference, my expectations led me to believe I would walk away with a profoundly new way to tackle the structural challenges we...

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3 Ways a Structural Engineer Can Add Value to a Project

3 Ways a Structural Engineer Can Add Value to a Project

A structural engineer’s involvement in a project represents a substantial part of the building and can have an effect on cost, appearance, direction of the project, and schedule. Let’s explore three ways that a structural engineer can add value to a project.  ...

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One Key Trait to Look for in your Engineering Consultant

One Key Trait to Look for in your Engineering Consultant

As a structural engineering consultant, I have often wondered what sets one engineer apart from another. Each engineer has his different strengths that help serve the client better. Some engineers are wizards with the code, good with analysis, some are creative, and...

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A Tale of Four Tims – And How They Hire an Engineer

A Tale of Four Tims – And How They Hire an Engineer

  This is a story that shows how differently my customers treat hiring their engineer. It involves four Tims that I have run into along the way as a structural engineer. Two of these Tims in this story are architects, one is a contractor, and one is my neighbor....

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