29e6 is Structural Engineering.
We provide structural engineering services, from concept to completion and construction support. Additional offerings include the following specializations:
We provide structural engineering services for a variety of project types and market sectors. Our service scope begins at the concept stage and carries through construction support. Whether a building or specialty design, our 29E6-Step Process – including initial charrette and project management system (Scrum) – sets us apart!
How do we do Structural Engineering… differently?
- What do we do? First, we are structural, and only structural. That is what we do, and what our focus is. Within that, we know Steel, Wood, Mass Timber, Delegated Design – you name it!
- What is our process? Our 29E6-Step Process <link to process> streamlines the design and construction process so that we (and you) are working efficiently. Want to learn what makes our process unique? Give us a call!
- How do we manage our work? We use a project management ‘borrowed’ from the IT world known as Scrum to manage daily tasks. Scrum works much different than a traditional critical path (Gantt chart), helping us to be super efficient and improve communication. There are a lot of aspects to scrum that we love to talk about with you. Set up a meeting and we can go over it.
- What is our philosophy? Our design philosophy is simple, ensure safety and provide efficient design. While there is a lot more to our underlying mission statement and values, these two things rise to the top for the structural engineer role. Want to know more about our mission statement? Give us a call.
Specialty Services such as Delegated Design, Steel Connection Design, Foundation Design for PEMB, and Mass Timber Design are featured below.
PEMB (Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings)
Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings were primarily used just for shops and warehouses, but PEMB’s are now a great option for any building type. When PEMB’s are constructed the manufacturer rarely provides the foundation design, a piece that needs to be completed by a structural engineer. Over the years we have become very proficient at this design and most efficient with construction cost. One benefit of PEMB’s is their efficiency and ability to be designed with just the right amount of steel. Shouldn’t the same kind of efficiencies be utilized in the foundation as they are in the superstructure? Constructing these buildings in high wind areas such as coastal South Carolina and Georgia can create substantial uplift on the foundation, making it critical the engineer understands how to deal with such loads.
Delegated design of steel connections for projects includes: shear tabs, moment connections, seismic connections for braced frames and moment frames. Not to mention a variety of one-off connection designs that have to be ‘invented’ and then analyzed for projects. We use the latest codes and expertise including AISC and AISC seismic to meet demanding engineering requirements. We also use a variety of software packages and methods to provide efficient designs.
Delegated design requires the contractor or fabricator to hire a specialty engineer, presenting itself in many forms including steel connections, steel stairs, awnings, retaining walls, etc, anything the architect or engineer of record delegates to others. For steel connection design, see also steel connection section.
Mass Timber (Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), Glulams, etc)
Timber is an ancient and most reliable building method that in today’s world still exhibits many benefits. While time-honored, with mass timber adopting new technologies, such as CLT, it has gained substantial attention over the past decade. Some aspects of mass timber require special attention to detail in meeting code requirements as well as providing desired aesthetics. We executed one of the first mass timber projects in the U.S. for a Hilton Head beach house.
Special Inspections was brought into the International Building Codes in the early 2000’s. These provisions require a certified third party inspector, besides the building department, provide an additional measure of quality control on projects, particularly as it relates to structural requirements. Whether we provided the design or did not, consider our team for this phase of work.
Construction support is a key part of the 29E6-Step Process. The engineer that designed the structure should be an integral part during the construction process for a number of reasons. Namely, potential engineering interpretation and oversight helps ensure the project is built safely and according to plan. Often unanticipated circumstances arise during construction and need to be handled. Having the engineer onboard helps navigate impediments and eliminate ‘holdups’ during the construction phase. Additionally, there are often opportunities to change or even value engineer the design. As such, we see the construction phase as almost an extension of the design phase with some of the final design touches being put in place once the entire team is working together. Construction support services included, but not limited to, are: construction observation and site visits, special inspections, shop drawing review, responses to requests for information (RFI).
Value Engineering is a somewhat subjective term that typically encourages taking another look at the design to save money. If we designed the project it’s believed to already be efficiently designed, however, there may be another approach that presents alternative value. If another team designed the project we are happy to provide recommendations on that work, bringing additional value and potential savings.
PE Exam Education
Online instructor for ACE the PE, preparing students for the PE Exam Review Course covering the five sub-disciplines of civil engineering. The course is hosted by Professional Publications, Inc. (PPI, 2012-2017)
Changes to IBC 2018 Presentation: AIA of Savannah, Allison Ramsey
Would you like us to present to a group of yours? For architects in SC we can provide one hour of CEU credits for the SCLLR license renewal. Go to our contact page and request a one hour presentation.