Structural Analysis and Avoidable Damage
We live in weather of some kind 24-7. Scorching heat, temperamental wind, rain, and hail are all just part of life as we know it. Damaging weather can stir up when we least expect it and there are times when incurring damage as a result cannot be avoided. If you live anywhere near the great plains region of the United States you know that tornadic activity is just part of your existence. Those who live anywhere near the Eastern Seaboard are all to familiar with pre-hurricane preparations. The northern region of the United States is used to the bitter cold and all the weather conditions that come with it; ice storms, wind shear and heavy snow. All of these environments bring with them the possibility of a damaging aftermath.
Natural weather disasters can cause bridges, buildings and commercial structures to sustain costly destruction. Calling in a reputable structural analysis engineer to examine the damages can bring clarity as to the exact cause of the problem. Although it may look like a direct result of inclimate weather and heavy winds, there are cases where a catastrophe could have been avoided or prepared for on the part of the builder or surveyor. A structural engineering expert has had years of experience both in the field of construction as well as the broadest aspects of engineering.
The Signs Structural Engineering Experts See
- Tilting or leaning buildings, bridges or structures
- Cracks in walls
- Separating walls
- Buckling of floors
Such signs can be indicators of faulty construction practices or a combination of low-quality building materials and shoddy work on the part of the construction crew. Another area of discovery often found in the examination of a thorough structural engineering expert is related to land and foundation issues. Causes can span anywhere from a disruption in the water table or the way land and dirt on the site has settled. Factors such as ground erosion and sink holes can also play a role. Even the distance between structure on the construction site, reverberations caused by the work or heavy work vehicle traffic, all can play a part in the structural damage found after a storm.
Stormy weather has it’s challenges and can often bring with it some uncontrollable structural damages but anyone would want to know if the damages weren’t caused as a direct result of the storm but could have been avoided altogether. Involving an experienced structural engineering expert is an investigation worth the investment.