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.
Have you ever had a file come across your desk where there is a question of injury causation or severity? Does it seem beyond a standard engineering analysis of the incident but does not really fit the assessment of a medical physician either? Then a biomechanical engineer might just be the person you need.
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!
Living in Canada, we get used to dealing with cold weather for many months of the year and are no strangers to driving in winter conditions. That also means that most people understand and account for the hazards experienced when driving in cold weather.
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.
Whether it's a motorcycle, car, tractor, or skidder, the destruction of vehicles by fire can pose a real problem. Fortunately, with the right methods and tools, it can be solved. Here's a look at the investigative work required to shed light on this mystery.
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