April 29, 2005

Wall Cladding System Durability Lessons Learned from the Premature Deterioration of Wood-Framed Construction Clad with Exterior Insulation and Finish System (EIFS) in the U.S.

Abstract: Despite well-intended laboratory testing of individual materials and components, unanticipated and severe durability failures of building wall systems can occur when the system design does not adequately integrate the various materials...

April 29, 2005

A New Standard for Blast Protection of Buildings

Abstract: The Structural Engineering Institute of the American Society of Engineers has formed a Standards Committee to develop a new standard for blast resistant design of buildings. This paper discusses the proposed content of this new document...

April 29, 2005

Suggestions to engineers for the review of contracts and preparation for and presentation of testimony

By: Cash, Carl G.

Abstract: A consultant and buildng pathologist discusses a roof consultant's preparation for legal actions such as depositions, appearances at arbitrations and in court, obligations as a witness and dealing with lawyers....

February 27, 2005

Building Design after September 11

Abstract: Anyone watching the heart-wrenching collapses of the World Trade Center towers or the smoke billowing from the debris pile of the destroyed portion of the Pentagon could easily question our approach to building design.  However, we...

February 27, 2005

Avoiding the Perils of Paper-Faced Exterior Gypsum Sheathing

Abstract: Buildings must be free of significant mold growth to protect the health of the occupants and the building. However, many in the design/construction industry continue to specify and use products that can deteriorate and sustain mold...

January 30, 2005

Green Salvage Solutions - Reusing Roofing and Structural Materials

This article discusses the application of life-cycle assessment to salvaged materials and reviews selected roofing and structural materials with good salvage potential. The feature also examines how the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC...

December 30, 2004

Condition Assessment of Utah Highway Culverts and Determination of Culvert Performance Measures

By: Jesse Beaver, McGrath, Timothy J., Leonard B.

Abstract: The Utah Department of Transportation installed and manages over 47,000 culverts but has no comprehensive, quantitative method for evaluating the performance of these culverts. UDOT initiated a study to assess culverts throughout the...

December 30, 2004

Condition Assessment of Highway Culverts and Determination of Performance Measures

By: McGrath, Timothy J., Jesse Beaver

Abstract: The Utah Department of Transportation installed and manages over 47,000 culverts but has no comprehensive, quantitative method for evaluating the performance of these culverts. UDOT initiated a study to assess culverts throughout the...

December 30, 2004

Facade Ordinances and Temporary Stabilization Techniques for Historic Masonry Facades

By: Brent Gabby, Vossoughi, Hamid

Abstract: To the general public, the image of buildings, especially those with historic significance, is often one of permanency. Yet, those involved in building design and construction and, to some extent, building owners, understand the...

December 30, 2004

Facade ordinances and historic structures - Theoretical and practical conservation issues in inspection and repair

By: CeCe Louie, Fong, Kecia L.

Abstract: The primary concern of building facade inspection ordinances is to insure the safety of the public and surrounding property and to establish baseline cycles of inspection, maintenance and repair. While public safety is paramount, what...

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