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Industrial Buildings: Common Structural Issues
Published on March 29, 2018 by Structural Innovations in Industrial Structural

Industrial buildings are a critical component of the American economy.  The manufacturing sector is the backbone of America and it’s inside industrial buildings where men and women of this country churn out goods that are used at home and abroad.   Any event that temporarily shuts down production in these facilities can have devastating effects on […]


Reclaim The Empty Space of A Vaulted Ceiling
Published on February 13, 2018 by Structural Innovations in Structural Design

A common building trend extending from the 1990’s and into the 2000’s was to create large open spaces in homes.  This typically resulted in two-story open Foyers and Dens which gave a sense of spaciousness and volume.  While aesthetically pleasing, two-story vaulted ceilings can represent lost opportunity.  Through the years, homeowners have realized the potential […]


Structural Engineering of a Truss Design
Published on November 10, 2017 by Structural Innovations in Residential Structural Inspections

Trusses are a common system used to support structures over a large span of space.  It consists of a frame of axially loaded members that are either in tension or compression and are interconnected at the joints.  Trusses are structurally engineered to be efficient structural systems where every component is critical to the long-term durability […]


What You Need to Know Before Building Your Backyard Deck
Published on October 18, 2017 by Structural Innovations in Residential Structural Inspections

Decks are a common residential feature used throughout the United States.  Deck building codes, until recently, lacked clear guidance from local jurisdictions on proper construction practices.  The methods of construction and framing of decks were left solely to the judgment of the contractor, handyman or homeowner.  If the individuals in charge of construction were not […]


Get Your Playground Structurally Inspected
Published on June 30, 2016 by Structural Innovations in Structural Inspections

Have You Had Your Playground Inspected? We all know it’s important to have buildings and homes inspected. It’s equally important to have a structural engineer inspection for your local playgrounds. Playgrounds are popular recreational outlets for families with children. Municipalities, schools, neighborhoods and more are increasingly building larger playgrounds with many features designed to keep […]


Hydrogen Embrittlement: What it is, Risk Factors, & Solutions
Published on January 4, 2016 by Structural Innovations in Structural Inspections

Hydrogen embrittlement is a process by which a diffusion of hydrogen in steel causes the metal to become brittle and prone to fracture. It is a form of deterioration that is marked by an accumulation of hydrogen atoms in the tip of a crack as it forms. When the metal is subjected to stress, micro-cracks […]


Codes, Standards & Rating Systems for Sustainability & Structural Steel
Published on October 30, 2015 by Structural Innovations in Structural Engineering

With increasing demands of sustainability concerns in our building designs and construction, the market has over time developed increased number of codes, standards, and rating system. The increased number has greatly impacted how the various projects are designed and constructed. Initially, there was the LEED. This was a rating system whose main function was to […]


Thermal Considerations According to Steel Structures
Published on August 27, 2015 by Structural Innovations in Structural Engineering

Building design requires more thought than just enough substance to support its own weight. Thermal considerations are important to the structural engineer to provide energy efficiency to a building. Heating and cooling averages 25% of energy costs in a commercial building and 40% in residential. Due to rising costs of power and environmental concerns this […]


Structural Steel Solutions: Your Innovative Building Systems
Published on April 27, 2015 by Structural Innovations in Structural Design

Structural steel is highly popular in developed countries and commonly utilized for commercial and industrial structures; its use in the residential arena is increasing. Utilization of steel has proven to be more sustainable, affordable and flexible than concrete. Our structural engineers are adept at designing with structural steel for all types of structures. Structural Steel […]


Civil vs. Structural Engineers: Distinguishing Between The Disciplines
Published on April 6, 2015 by Structural Innovations in Structural Engineering

Structural engineers and civil engineers operate in similar arenas and people often confuse the roles and responsibility of each. This month our team would like to help you distinguish between the two fields with the information found in this article. Structural Engineers Structural engineering is a sub-division of civil engineering. It involves the analysis, design, construction […]


Five Essential Qualities of a Structural Engineer You Should Work With
Published on February 17, 2015 by Structural Innovations in Structural Engineering

Structural engineering involves analysis and design of structures that can withstand any operating and environmental loading conditions. Structural engineers work closely with other professionals in the construction industry. They engage in every phase of the project; from the onset to its completion. To be a great structural engineer, one must have these five qualities. Creative […]


Common Types of Failures in a Steel Structure
Published on January 7, 2015 by Structural Innovations in Structural Design

Structural engineers design buildings and other structures to resist a wide variety of forces. The different types of forces include the mass of the contents of the structure including the structure itself; transient forces from the occupancy of the structure (i.e. people moving inside the structure, equipment operating inside the structure, etc…); and environmental forces […]


Structural Engineer Spotlight: What is Seismic Retrofication?
Published on September 17, 2014 by Structural Innovations in Seismic Design

Seismic retrofication is the process of enhancing building structures for the purpose of preventing seismic activity that will most likely cause damage. Structural engineers are responsible for seeing these projects through to completion. The importance of the practice is to prevent damages that occur due to earthquake shock waves. It is therefore common to find […]


Structural Engineering with Shipping Containers
Published on June 5, 2014 by Structural Innovations in Structural Engineering

A modern invention resulting from the globalization of the world economies has been the steel shipping container. Steel containers are utilized today to transport finished products from developing to developed economies. Conversely, the containers are also used to transport recyclable goods from developed to developing economies to fuel the demand of raw materials needed for […]


A Comprehensive Glance at Parking Deck Maintenance
Published on May 20, 2014 by Structural Innovations in Parking Deck Structural Inspections

Parking decks are unique structures subjected to some of the harshest conditions any building may ever face. By their very nature, parking decks are continually exposed to the elements and experience routine wear and tear from use. It is critical owners and operators of parking decks develop a routine maintenance program with a structural engineer […]


Structural Innovations Goes Hollywood!
Published on April 14, 2014 by Structural Innovations in Structural Engineering Structural Inspections

Structural Innovations has had the great opportunity to work with production crews of hit TV series such as Banshee and Homeland! Our role has varied between performing site safety analyses to determine if existing structures are safe to work in and around, to performing load-rating analysis of existing structures for support of production equipment (i.e. lighting, […]


What Can A Structural Engineer Firm Do For You?
Published on February 10, 2014 by Structural Innovations in Structural Engineering

Have you been wondering how structures like Eiffel tower in France or the tallest building in Dubai came into being? These ingenious pieces of engineering came into being through the knowledge of structural engineers. So what is structural engineering? It’s a branch of engineering that deals with design and analysis of structures to resist or support […]


Seismic Restraint for Structural Engineering
Published on February 6, 2014 by Structural Innovations in Seismic Design

One requirement generally overlooked by design professionals is the seismic restraint of non-structural components. The International Building Code and referenced design standards require the seismic restraint of non-structural components depending on the seismic design category of the structure and the type of component in question. To understand these requirements, it’s appropriate to first understand what […]


The Best When It Comes To Covering Your Home: Steel Roofing
Published on December 3, 2013 by Structural Innovations in Roofing Structural Engineering

The best upgrade you can do to your home is to install a steel roof. It’s also an investment that costs you once and lasts for over 30 years. It’s durable and resistant to inclement weather conditions, and just what your home needs for long lasting protection from the harsh elements. Whether it’s straight or […]