What is Functional Recovery?

According to Ryan Kersting,(Associate Principal, Buehler Engineering) Functional recovery is a post-event (e.g., post-earthquake) performance state in which a building or lifeline infrastructure system is maintained, or restored, to safely and adequately support the basic intended functions associated with the pre-event use or occupancy of a building, or the pre-event service level of a lifeline […]

Common Structural Repairs

Structural repairs consist of any repairs to structural members of a building. Structural repairs mean repairs or replacement to the roof, foundation, floors, and permanent exterior walls and support columns of the building. The repairs can be made on any type of building such as concrete tilt up, masonry, steel, or wood framed buildings. Damage caused […]

Building Basics & Causes of Structural Failure (Animated Video Explanation)

Sometimes a simple video is worth a million words. For a complete understanding of a sometimes-over-complicated explanation of building basics and how structural failures occurs, please view the following video: If your interested in an educational presentation that includes types of buildings, seismic retrofits, roof condensation and structural repairs, contact us https://saundersseismic.com/contact/    

Roof Condensation: What to Look for?

Roof damage from condensation is one of many structural problems that can occur and if left untreated, this condensation can cause serious structural problems. It is entirely possible to destroy the entire roof structure. What is the specific cause? Moisture! Condensation is caused by the rapid cooling of warmer air. As the building heats up […]

New Factors in Building Design, Engineering and Construction since Covid-19

It is no surprise building designs are being evaluated closely since the pandemic.  The office sector of the commercial real estate industry has been greatly affected by the shutter in place regulations and guidance from CDC to have employees of non-essential companies work remotely. While many companies are finding it feasible in some industries this […]

What are the most common structural repairs?

Structural repairs refer to repairs or replacement to the roof, foundation, floors, and permanent exterior walls and support columns of a building. Some of the most common types of structural repairs include GLB (glulam beam), purlin & sub-purlin, truss and column repairs which consist of concrete steel or wood. In general, what is entailed in these types […]

Roof Condensation: How does it form and what to look for?

Roof Condensation is moisture that develops at the roof ceiling area and is trapped by foil insulation or other types of radiant barriers. If left untreated, it can destroy the entire roof structure. Moisture rust and decay all metals including hangers, nuts, bolts and in severe cases the plywood that holds up the roofing deteriorates […]

The Basics of Concrete Repair

Engineers have learned to make buildings safer in recent decades after years of studying what happens to structures during earthquakes. Concrete is a durable choice, but concrete tilt-up buildings built in the last century pose safety risks. Over time, concrete can crack, so it’s important to have it inspected periodically to reduce maintenance costs and […]

Condensation Issues Can Cost You!

The longevity of a roof structure – whether it’s commercial, industrial or residential – depends on how well it’s maintained, which requires regular inspections. The most important reason for inspections is to check for leaks. Ignoring even small leaks can lead to massive damage over time since leaks tend to grow. You need to look […]