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Food Processing Facility Construction Defect

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Charles E. Whitley, P.E.

EDT was asked to review the construction of a multimillion-dollar addition to a food processing facility and to determine the cause of water penetration through the floors of the facility. The following information is a review of what we found that went wrong, and what we concluded to "solve" this...

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

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?

Caution and Hope in the Aftermath of Hurricane Florence

EDT

The effects of Hurricane Florence have yet to be measured. There is potential for Florence to have the greatest impact of a storm making landfall on the Carolinas in recent history. While still in the Atlantic Ocean, wind gusts reached up to 150 miles per hour (mph), and there was fear the hurricane...

Forensic Engineering: Being Effective by Being Understood

EDT

In a world filled with loss there is an ongoing need to respond and recover. Some loss is accepted as the ordinary result of everyday life. Other loss is exceptional (due to acts of nature) or unreasonable (defects due to actions of persons or entity that result in unreasonable hazards). Persons...

Post-Fire Structural Evaluations

EDT

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.

What Should Be in a Forensic Engineering Expert Report?

EDT

Loss handling professionals often engage forensic engineers to assist in finding answers to technical questions. This article contains information on what you should expect to see in a Forensic Engineering Expert Report from EDT.

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 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 increased...