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Common Arc Welding Processes

Chris Spies

Chris S. Spies, P.E.

Welding is a fabrication process whereby two or more parts are fused together by means of heat, pressure, or both, forming a joint as the parts cool. While it is possible to weld materials other than metal (plastics for example), the process is most often associated with the joining of metal parts...

Why Utilize an Engineering Technician - What Can They Do?

EDT

By: James R. Grey Jr., Engineering Technician (EDT) An engineering technician is, by definition, a professional trained in skills and techniques related to a specific branch of technology, with a practical understanding of relevant engineering concepts. An engineering technician’s duties vary...

Unsealed Shingle Corners

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Kurt D. Mulder, P.E.

Wear and tear, it happens to everything as it ages, including roofing. During the examination of roofing, wear and tear need to be taken into account by the examiner for it can be mistaken for damage resulting from wind uplift. A common form of wear and tear observed to asphalt shingles is granular...

Equal Conveyance and Compensatory Storage

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Anthony P. Centurelli, P.E.

In 2018, a friend who owns a small strip mall asked me for assistance in dealing with a wetlands issue. A wetland/floodplain is located behind, and abuts, the strip mall property. The floodplain drains via an intermittent stream which runs along the side of the property and crosses beneath the road...

TPO Roofing Splits

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Kurt D. Mulder, P.E.

A sixteen-year-old thermoplastic roof installed on a factory roof in Southern Alabama was reported to have been damaged during a hailstorm. The thermoplastic roofing at the facility was manufactured in rolled sheets, which were installed in parallel overlapping rows. Visual examination of the...

Why Are My Windows Foggy?

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Charles E. Whitley, P.E.

For those who live in hot or cold environments, double pane windows are a great way to increase the energy efficiency of your home. Double pane windows consist of two panes of glass that have been sealed together in a frame, with a pane of glass on the interior and exterior surface of the window...

Earth, Wind, and Fire

The job of a forensic or investigative engineer can be fascinating. Each investigation brings its own set of challenges and, at times, gathering facts and background information can be one of the more difficult aspects of a case. In gathering our own observations, evaluations, and examinations of...

Large Tractor Fire

With loss investigations, the engineer/investigator will often encounter situations which can present safety challenges and even hazards. In some cases, such as machinery breakdown or fires, many potential hazards exist. The engineer must be aware of the situation; proper safety is critical to...

Why Do Aluminum to Copper Connections Fail?

Electrical connections between aluminum and copper wires present special hazards for property owners. Aluminum to copper connections may deteriorate over time if not installed in a proper manner. A deteriorated connection can lead to overheating, which can result in a fire. Why do aluminum to copper...

Little Black Box - Big Data

Most automobiles and light-duty trucks are equipped with an electronic recording device, also referred to as a “Black Box,” or an “airbag control module” that may contain data related to a crash. The data in a vehicle’s Black Box plays a big role in collision reconstruction. Bosch Crash Data...

Truck Braking

EDT

If I’ve heard it said once, I’ve heard it said 1,000 times. It takes longer for a truck to stop than an automobile because the truck weighs more. But, fact is, a truck’s weight has nothing to do with why a truck takes longer to stop. There are many factors that affect the stopping distance of a...