Repetitive But Not Quite

I’m on site today, reviewing masonry conditions at a project. It’s not new…as a matter of fact, I have our design drawings for repair that were created some time ago, and I’ll be using them as the basis for reviewing the conditions now. This is the third time I’ve reviewed the same conditions, at roughly …

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Some Distress Examples

Following up on yesterday’s following up on Pat’s discussion of distress versus failure, I want to give set of examples of similar-type signs of distress. As is probably obvious from the picture above, they’re all variations on sagging. Let’s start with the picture above, in which the federal Farm Security Administration was warning that all …

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Chiming In On “Failure Versus Distress”

Pat Sparks – a ridiculously good engineer and a friend of OSE – wrote a short twitter thread on Saturday that is worth reading. Pat is generally a man of fewer words than I am, which is a fancy way of saying he gets to the point faster. In any case, I want to expand …

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Short-Term and Long-Term Changes

A close-up view of a connection in the lowest level of an old mill. (More on this project to come…) There’s something interesting going on here, but it’s a little convoluted. First, an explanation of what you’re looking at: The green arrow is pointing at one of the main floor beams, supporting the ground floor …

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