Paul A Noyce, Yu-You ‘Andy’ Wu, Ph.D.
While complete failure of the concrete often is not an issue, degradation and damage which could lead to unexpected expensive repairs is a concern.
Mark Howell, Stephen Bentz, P.E., R.R.C. - FEA
By definition, “envelope” is an encapsulating covering such as an outer shell or membrane. In simple building terms, it consists of the roof, above-grade wall system and the below-grade wall system.
The Italian marble covered dock had deteriorated, deemed structurally unsound, and closed to public access. Over time the slab had eroded, which caused the decorative precast on the slab edge and the marble on top to fall apart.
Brent Anderson, P.E., Jorge Costa, P.E., Paul Femmer
For building owners and managers, one of the biggest issues is a damp or moldy basement area resulting from water intrusion through cracked concrete slabs and foundation walls.
Tarek Alkhrdaji, Ph.D., P.E., Jay Thomas
Many of today’s facilities have been in service for several decades and during the course of their operation have experienced changes in use, deterioration, structural defects, seismic effects or revisions to building codes. Any of these factors can prompt the need for restoration or additional
Jay Thomas, Keith Eberhardt, and Tarek Alkhrdaji, Ph.D., P.E.
The adage “time is money” is certainly relevant to many industries as it relates to building renovations and the cost of downtime, interruptions to services or inconveniences to customers. To the casino industry, the phrase is even more literal. Any interruptions to revenue generating operations
Tarek Alkhrdaji, Ph.D., P.E. and Jay Thomas
The primary reasons for the strengthening of concrete structures are typically to increase existing elements
Thomas Kline
Walking through process areas in a petrochemical facility, whether new or old, one is immediately struck by the sheer amount of infrastructure required to support process equipment, vessels and pipelines. Structural systems have been developed over the years to support petrochemical processes and
Thomas R. Kline
All things deteriorate over time. Even structures constructed of reinforced concrete require maintenance in order to continue to function as a critical foundation support asset. Cooling Tower structural elements are no different except that the concrete can provide a foundation, containment for
Tom Kline, Jorge Costa
In the power generation industry, a well-maintained cooling tower enables the entire cooling system to perform at optimum efficiency. Often times, the in-house staff of power facilities face challenges in properly evaluating these large structures.