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Concrete Floats?

Have you ever heard of a concrete ship? The idea of a concrete ship may contradict your initial reaction – concrete doesn’t float. In fact, concrete can float. Objects can float in almost any medium under one of two techniques. The first, perhaps simplest, technique is: an object of lesser density...

Building Construction on Bay Mud

Many structures in the San Francisco Bay Area are constructed on bay mud. The San Francisco Bay Area is one of many areas in the United States which has structures supported on bay mud. Bay mud is the result of alluvial, sand deposited by streams flowing out to the bay. The material deposited is...

Crawl Space Inspections

D. Justin Reid, P.E.

D. Justin Reid, P.E.

Financial losses can be avoided with periodic inspections of the crawl spaces under residential structures. Oftentimes, a homeowner is unaware of issues in their crawl space until damages have progressed into the interior of their residence.

Do Those Stair Meet Code? Well... It Depends

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It happens, someone has fallen down the stairs. One of the first questions should be, “do those stairs meet code?” EDT engineers are often asked to inspect a set of stairs and determine if they comply with the applicable building codes. The actual onsite inspection is fairly straightforward...

Why Is My Building Cracking?

The design and analysis of the foundation system are equally important to provide support to the building. However, more often than not, an adequate investigation, design, and preparation of the ground where the structure and its supporting foundation system are to be built are not taken into...

Does this Balcony Guard Meet Code?

I am often asked, “does this balcony guard meet the building code?” This question often arises in response to an injury or when a renovation is being contemplated. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are the leading cause of nonfatal unintentional emergency...