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Condensate Drainage

To understand proper condensate removal, it is first important to have a working definition of the term condensate in the context of Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC). Most HVAC systems contain a form of refrigeration cycle which uses mechanical work acting on a fluid (in most cases...

Snow Loads

Jason M.K. Cochran, M.S., P.E.

Freshly fallen snow is often a beautiful and awe-inspiring sight to see. Some parts of the country may see new snow daily while other areas may only see it once a century. Regardless of how prepared our cities are, snow can have a great impact on our everyday lives, particularly on our structures...

Electrocution

Edgardo López, P.E., CFEI

EDT was asked to determine the cause of an electrocution of a pedestrian. The following information is a review of the case, and what EDT found to be the cause.

Computer Graphics

EDT

Computer graphics are visual communication tools to aid an audience in visualizing data in a clear and interesting manner, compared to text or oral communication alone. Within this article are examples of how EDT uses Computer Graphics for Forensic Engineering purposes.

Star Bolts

Have you ever noticed eye-catching stars positioned on the fronts of masonry row homes in urban areas, such as Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, and various other cities? The stars are not just ornamental; they are also functional.

Hurricanes in Florida

Albert M. Rose, P.E.

Those of us who choose to live in Florida, expect the occasional hurricane. Some years are quiet while others are much more active. The discussion with respect to oncoming hurricanes is always: Do I evacuate or stay put and ride it out?

Stormwater, Among Other Things

Matthew E. Buckner, P.E.

Structures built within or encroaching on a floodplain can be expected to experience flooding conditions. Features such as Grading, stormwater management implementation, and water retention methods can be implemented during the design and/or construction process and can have considerable impact on a...

Post-Fire Structural Evaluations

Matthew E. Buckner, P.E.

Post-fire structural evaluation by a forensic engineer is necessary to determine the extent of damage, whether the structural components of a building involved in a fire remain adequate to meet their original design intent, and/or to consider repair or replacement options.

Can I Put an LED Bulb in a Fluorescent Light Fixture?

EDT

Many people have energy savings on their minds these days. With the advent of LED tubes as a drop-in replacement for fluorescent tubes, the return on investment for LED conversion can be very appealing; the fluorescent fixture can be reused, with only some minor rewiring. However, the differences...

Safety Tips For July 4th

During a recent conversation I had with an old-school adjuster, we discussed the cyclical nature of insurance claims. He stated that his experience had taught him that insurance claims spike during the holidays, particularly, the periods of Christmas and the three summer months. He noted that an...

South Florida Forensic Engineering Office

EDT

On May 15, 2018 we launched the opening of our EDT South Florida engineering office. We're excited to expand our forensic engineering services in the South Florida region. In conjunction with our existing EDT Orlando office, our new office will also provide services offering clients efficient,...