Recognized around the world for his exceptional sense of deduction, Sherlock Holmes was driven by his thirst for truth and desire to reveal the culprits in the shadows with solid evidence. One of the arrows in his quiver was the use of avant-garde tools, which allowed him to collect clues and validate his hypotheses.
Following a fire to a structure, numerous steps need to be taken before a building can be repaired and eventually reoccupied. First and foremost, safety must be considered. Throughout Canada, requirements have been established for structural assessments to ensure safe entry to a building following a fire in order to investigate the cause, document and quantify the loss, develop repair plans and retrieve contents.
Considering the nature of civil engineering construction projects and the considerable number of contract items, disputes between contract parties occur, and dispute resolution becomes inevitable. Adjudication is one of the dispute resolution methods, and since October 2019, the adjudication process has become mandatory in all Ontario construction contract-related disputes.
Throughout history, brick and stone masonry has been proven to stand the test of time. From the Egyptians and Romans to modern day, all its physicochemical qualities have been assessed; even fairy tales, like the three little pigs, have tested it!
Managing snow on roofs during a typical Canadian winter can pose several unique challenges. Between snow drifting from nearby surfaces, uneven accumulations, and issues around freeze and thaw cycles, understanding how snow accumulation behaves on a roof is crucial. Especially when it becomes a question of the safety for building occupants and passers-by.
The term “out of sight, out of mind” commonly applies to several areas of a house including roofs, attics and crawl spaces, which are often ignored for long periods of time. In areas of high moisture levels, wood components within a crawl space are susceptible to structural damage due to rot. Additionally, insect and vermin activity can go unnoticed.
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