Events

sgh nyc
March 4, 2020 5:30pm / SGH New York

Adjacent Construction: Mitigating Concerns for Nearby Structures in Dense Urban Areas

Speaker(s): Nathaniel Smith
Construction performed in dense urban environments can create serious effects on surrounding buildings and infrastructure. To minimize the risk of damage to adjacent structures, project teams must put protections and controls into place. In this presentation, we will explore typical and atypical risks associated with construction operations on adjacent buildings and review protections required under the New York City Building Code.
houston
March 5, 2020 6:00pm / Houston, TX

Glass Breakage: Causes and Strategies for Minimizing Risk

Speaker(s): John Jackson
Glass as a building material has a long history. However, it is a brittle material that can break suddenly and often without warning. While the building code recognizes these important material and performance characteristics, the variability and frequency of its use in facades can lead to conditions that, while currently code compliant, invite unnecessary risk. In this presentation, we will explore the basic properties of various glass types used in contemporary building applications and discuss strategies for minimizing risks due to glass breakage in the design of new buildings and for recognizing and managing risks in existing buildings.
sgh dc seminar series
March 11, 2020 4:00pm / 1625 Eye St NW Conference Center

Balancing Flood Mitigation and Preservation for Historic Buildings

Speaker(s): Adam Rush, Ricardo Medina
Historic buildings located in waterfront areas may contain numerous vulnerabilities that heighten the risk of substantial flood-related damage. However, conventional flood mitigation measures can create significant preservation challenges, and flood mitigation guidance may conflict with established preservation guidelines. In this session, we will discuss sources of flood risk and explore historical and contemporary flood mitigation solutions within the context of historic preservation.
sgh waltham
March 12, 2020 3:30pm / SGH Waltham

Navigating Construction Challenges: Engineering Perspectives to Prevent Pitfalls and Keep Projects On Track

When construction starts, even the best-laid plans can go astray. Both routine and unique construction projects are susceptible to construction challenges that are capable of derailing budget and schedule. Well-prepared project teams can employ best practices from across the architecture, engineering, and construction industry to minimize the impact of common problems and mitigate larger issues before they occur. In this series of presentations, we will share our experience on various topics and discuss strategies that contractors and construction professionals can use to keep projects on track.
sgh chicago
March 25, 2020 7:30am / SGH Chicago

Balancing Roof Drainage Needs and Energy Efficiency

Speaker(s): Philip Moser, Eric Twomey
A well-drained roof can last for decades, but a poorly draining one can cause maintenance nightmares that can lead to structural instability. Designers increasingly rely on tapered insulation to achieve roof drainage, but sometimes misinterpret the energy code requirements for these systems. In this presentation, we will provide recommendations for effective roof drainage design and identify how to avoid common pitfalls with careful coordination.
sgh chicago
March 25, 2020 3:30pm / The Conference Center at One North Wacker

Balancing Roof Drainage Needs and Energy Efficiency

Speaker(s): Philip Moser, Eric Twomey
A well-drained roof can last for decades, but a poorly draining one can cause maintenance nightmares that can lead to structural instability. Designers increasingly rely on tapered insulation to achieve roof drainage, but sometimes misinterpret the energy code requirements for these systems. In this presentation, we will provide recommendations for effective roof drainage design and identify how to avoid common pitfalls with careful coordination.
sgh dc
April 23, 2020 4:00pm / 1625 Eye St NW Conference Center

Avoiding Future Failures: Structural Safety Considerations and the CROSS-US Program

Speaker(s): Glenn Bell
It is critical that the AEC industry learns from its failures and near misses to avoid repeating the mistakes that cause them. While analyzing specific structural failures can involve complex technical and procedural issues relevant to individual projects, common themes repeat themselves. In this seminar, we will review lessons learned from past structural failures and explore how they can be applied to current and future practice.