How Are Bridges Engineered?

How Are Bridges Engineered?

Bridges are very complex structures that must take into account many stressors throughout their service lives. From varying load sizes to weather conditions such as floods and earthquakes, bridges must be engineered to withstand many loads and forces, structural...
What Kind of Engineer Builds Bridges? 

What Kind of Engineer Builds Bridges? 

”Building bridges” has become a popular metaphor for bringing people together. Socially speaking, it’s a worthwhile endeavor that usually yields fruitful results. But in order for bridge building to be successful, it requires thoughtful planning and consideration of a...
Foundation Inspection by a Structural Engineer

Foundation Inspection by a Structural Engineer

Why would you want to bother hiring a structural engineer to look at a property before you buy it? Isn’t that what the home inspector’s report is for?  We looked at the foundation of a $600,000 second home here in Blowing Rock and found that approximately one...
Repair and Rehabilitation of Bridges

Repair and Rehabilitation of Bridges

Bridges should last at least 100 years if they are well designed and maintained. The materials used to construct modern bridges far exceed the quality of materials from even 40 years ago. Many of the newer bridges have precast components which are created in a...
When Do You Need a Structural Engineer?

When Do You Need a Structural Engineer?

In short, structural engineers are needed whenever there is a problem to be solved, or a problem to be unraveled, with respect to a structure. Of course, municipalities and large institutions hire both architects and structural engineers when they are building...