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What Is Structural Assessment?

Structural assessment is an important field of study for civil engineers, as the objective is to inspect existing structures and determine their safety and stability. Civil engineers must have the right technical knowledge and experience to assess the structural integrity of buildings, bridges, dams, tunnels and other structures. A structural assessment is a thorough inspection […]

Failure Modes in Concrete Beams: Flexural and Shear Failure

Failure modes in reinforced concrete beams are classified into two major types: flexural failure and shear failure. The former occurs when the imposed load exceeds the flexural capacity of the materials of the beam, while the latter occurs due to deficiency in shear resistance between different materials of the beam. These failure modes are further […]

Types Of Structural Failures And Common Causes

Structural failures can have catastrophic consequences, leading to loss of life, property damage, and economic implications. Understanding the causes, impacts, and prevention of failures is crucial for ensuring the safety and integrity of buildings and infrastructure. In this article, we will explore the common causes of structural failures, examine notable case studies, discuss the impact […]

What is Diaphragm Design?

What is diaphragm design and why is it important? A diaphragm is a flat structural unit acting like a deep, narrow beam. The term ‘diaphragm’ is usually applied to roofs and floors. A shear wall, however, is just a vertical diaphragm. Shear walls provide support for the roof and floor diaphragms transmitting forces into the […]

Which Is Better Raised Foundation Or Slab Foundation?

There are two types of foundations that you have to consider when building a home. The first is the “raised” floor, a framework created around the exterior of the building on which it has a nailed sill or base plate, and then they build the house on top. Most older homes were constructed with crawl […]

Vaulted Ceilings: The Pros and Cons

Vaulted ceilings aren’t just for church anymore. These highfalutin room lids can be an impressive statement that can add space and natural light and transform a plain-Jane living room into your own shrine to good taste in home design. What is a vaulted ceiling? Over the years, the phrase “vaulted ceiling” has grown to encompass […]

Old Growth vs. New Growth Lumber – Which Is Better?

If you’re planning to buy reclaimed wood furniture or are doing a renovation at your home, old growth lumber would be an ideal material. Though it’s not easy to find old growth lumber, it the most sought-after and robust option. You can use old growth lumber for a wide range of repair and renovation jobs. […]

Why Site Planning is Important

When you have a large property, knowing what to do with all the space can often be challenging. You may have dreams and ideas but then get overwhelmed by the scale of such a project. However, with proper site planning and expertise, you can maximize your property’s potential and create great living spaces that suit […]

Five Tips For Young Engineers By Stan R. Caldwell

“This information was found in an Article from Structural Forum by Stan R. Caldwell”. To assist a larger group of young engineers, I would like to offer advice on five important topics. Mind the Gap Always track your load paths and close any gaps you find. Reliable load paths are essential for all structures, and […]