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Showers Inside and Out: Diagnosing Roof Leakage


Roof leakage in residential and commercial buildings is a common occurrence in the spring as the snow is melting and rain is pouring. Water ingress can occur as a result...

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Resolving Industrial Equipment Claims


Industrial loss investigations can vary in scope, and quantum is often in the magnitude of millions of dollars. Often a comprehensive technical analysis of an industrial accident produces conclusions that...

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Snow Covered Roofs Collapse


Snow loads are influenced by weather and moisture conditions, roof configuration, wind direction, slope direction and geographic location. For the Edmonton area (the Calgary area is similar), the Alberta Building...

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Tips for Cleaning Roof Snow Before it’s Too Late


Snow accumulates on all roof types. The amount of accumulation depends on conditions such as wind, orientation of the building, and roof pitch, to name a few. Too much...

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When Structures Stop Standing: Getting to the Bottom of It


When a structure stops standing - be it a building, a bridge, a barn, or any other constructed facility – a structural forensic engineers can help shed light on the...

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When a Building is not a Building


In Alberta, buildings are generally constructed in conformance to the Alberta Building Code and the Alberta Fire Code.  These documents provide a prescriptive approach to building design, setting minimum criteria...

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CSA and ULC Markings - What Do These Designations Mean?


As an ongoing part of investigating losses in which a product has failed and resulted in some sort of catastrophic loss, sometimes investigators or adjusters think they should send the...

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Trailer Hitch Failures: Was the Hitch the Weakest Link?


Although the term “the weakest link” may seem like a catchphrase lost in the wake of popular culture, in the field of accident reconstruction, it is an important way of...

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Failure Analysis - Where is all this water coming from!?


In keeping with the theme of July 2004, water damage is an area of concern to many insurance companies.  While freak summer rain storms are an obvious cause, a less...

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Heavy Equipment - Incredible Machines, Complex Issues


In the ever changing world of technology, heavy duty vehicle manufacturers are striving to keep ahead of the evolving demands of their clients while still meeting environmental emission restrictions. These...

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Understanding Structural Investigation


Forensic structural engineering is to investigate and determine the causes of structural failures of buildings, bridges, and other constructed facilities, as well as to render opinion or give testimony in...

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Which Came First? The chicken or the egg?


Failures can be a great thing. Okay, the New Coke wasn’t such a great thing and the designer of the Pinto should have been fired long before the first body...

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When Does a Concrete Crack Pose a Significant Structural Concern?


A: All concrete will crack to some extent. The reduction in moisture content that concrete experiences as it cures during construction will inevitably result in some minor cracks appearing on...

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Every Face Tells a Story


Materials Engineers Count On It There is an old adage that every face tells a story. Some alternative medical practitioners suggest that a person’s face holds clues to the...

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