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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...
Substation II: A South Carolina Original Sandwich Chain

Substation II: A South Carolina Original Sandwich Chain

Back in 1976, it was uncommon to see hoagies, gyros, and other “sub” sandwich shops in the South. They were mostly limited to the Northeast. When Dominic Ruffalo opened his first sandwich chain in Sumter, S.C. that year, he set out to break that trend. He opened his...
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...
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. Ask...
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 him to serve his client better.  Some engineers are wizards with the code, good with analysis, some are...