Oil spills and leaks happen, particularly in structures that deal with the storage, transport, or processing of oil products. Contamination can occur through a variety of avenues, but the main concern when dealing with contaminated concrete (outside of the environmental issues) is whether the structure is still sound. What do these leaks or spills do to the concrete below them?
Today, wood trusses are the most common way to frame the roof on a wood-framed building. They offer a high weight-to-strength ratio, long spans, good speed of installation, and a multitude of possibilities for the shape of the roof and the ceiling underneath. Wood trusses can be engineered to span over 25 m (80 ft), and buildings that require large clear spans, such as farm buildings, can also be accommodated.
The Canadian pool season is short and pool owners want to savour every moment. Unfortunately, springtime often brings its fair share of pool damage. Poor or lack of maintenance, extreme temperatures, unsuitable geotechnical characteristics or an improper installation may be to blame.
The vibrations transmitted to a building or other engineered structure can lead to damage of varying magnitudes. They can be natural in origin, such as during an earthquake, or they can be mechanical (human or machine created) in nature.
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.
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