When flood waters rise, the first concern is always evacuation of those in immediate danger. But once the immediate threat to life has subsided, the insurance community begins to assess the damage. In catastrophic loss situations, the overwhelming amount of damage can be daunting. So, where do you start?
In general, buildings are constructed to withstand a variety of forces; wind and snow, the weight of the building itself, and the weight from its intended use, such as occupants or equipment, all need to be accounted for when a structure is designed. However, occasionally, something else might impart forces on a structure that wasn’t specifically considered during the design process: a vehicle.
Supporting our clients with a team of forensic engineers, ready to be deployed from coast to coast in the event of a natural disaster: this is the raison d'être of CEP’s Catastrophe Response (CAT) Team.
If Aesop illustrated the handling of litigation files ... he would try to make people understand that it is important to begin immediately. In the famous fable the tortoise and the hare, our friend the tortoise, through regular and tireless work, won a race which seemed unattainable at the start!
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.
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