failing subwall

I have this nightmare that repeats itself over and over again. It is slightly different, but the theme is the same for each one, and I wake up shaking. It’s not about my time in the Middle East, or any of the horrific things I’ve seen, it’s more mundane that makes it so terrifying. The dream is about an awful house that I can’t get out of, and the worst thing is it can really happen.

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Surprisingly, it’s not necessary or advisable to repair every defect in a house. Normally what I will do in that case is give a number of alternatives in my report and layout the pluses and minuses of each alternative. Many times it is flamingly obvious that repairing the house defect will cause more problems than…

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Abandoned Terminal

This past week Governor Gavin Newsom stated that California would ban gas powered cars in 15 years. Also, an article appeared in Forbes magazine on September 26. It is predicting that Tesla’s proposed $25,000 electric car would mean “Game Over” for gas and oil. That made me think. What happens when cars go electric to the…

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When we do structural investigations of old buildings, we find surprises.  However, I have never seen anything like this.  This was an old “shotgun” type house in West Atlanta that was being renovated.  We went to the site to make structural recommendations.  The house looked fairly normal at curbside, with the exception it had a…

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The Architect on this project was Travis Price Architects, and we (Runkle Consulting, Inc) were the Structural Engineers. The project is a three story apartment building built for student housing near Catholic University. It was challenging for us because it was such a short time frame. We started design in March, and the project was…

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