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The Resilient Future of Our Built World

Posted by Art Valentz on November 16, 2017

As climate change and the rapid evolution of the caliber and quantity of earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes continues to develop, governments around the world are quickly making plans to face the future environmental challenges ahead.  Many have all seen recent proof of what is to come.  In the US, according to such respected organizations as National Geographic, World Bank, the National Hurricane Center, and indeed including the recent groundbreaking research conducted at MIT, the increased warmer conditions of the ocean almost certainly elevated wind speeds of the recent Hurricane Harvey in Texas by 45 miles per hour in its last 24 hours before landfall, causing what has now been deemed “catastrophic” flooding.

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Topics: Rooftop Support Engineering, Roof Architecture

All About Continuing Education Units for Architects and Engineers

Posted by Art Valentz on November 3, 2017

There are many different reasons to participate in continuing education activities if you are an Architect or Engineer. Of course the primary reason that most of us do it is that our licensure requires it. Being professionally licensed as an Architect or Engineer means you must obtain a certain number of hours of continuing education annually, from as little as 8 to as many as 30, depending on your state. Individuals must keep their own records of these efforts as they are done on good faith but open to the occasional audit.

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Topics: Rooftop Support Engineering, Roof Architecture

7 Tips for Making Your Commercial Roof Stand the Test of Time

Posted by Marion McKnight on October 5, 2017

Roofing professionals will tell you that roof lifespans are typically based on averages. This is a function of location. But some materials will outperform others in any given place. The following guidelines are designed to help you make your roof perform to the very best of its potential, no matter where it may be.

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Topics: Rooftop Support Engineering, Roofing Management, Roofing Maintenance, Roof Architecture, Construction

School Safety Report: Rooftop Support Systems

Posted by Art Valentz on August 2, 2017

When designing a school building, all safety and security measures must be taken into account in order to protect the lives and property of its occupants. In addition to limiting access to the campus through doors or gates, integrating security checkpoints into the flow of traffic and installing bollards where necessary, there are more recondite means of ensuring the integrity of the building and the safety of its users.

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Topics: Rooftop Support Engineering, Roofing Management, Roof Safety, Roof Architecture

4 Reasons to Stop Using Wood for Rooftop Pipe & Equipment Supports

Posted by Art Valentz on April 19, 2017

If you do business out of a building that is relatively old, it likely has wooden supports to hold up pipes and equipment on the roof. This approach to commercial and industrial rooftops deserves some fresh thinking, since better solutions are now available.

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Topics: Rooftop Support Engineering, Roofing Maintenance, Roof Architecture

4 Best Practices For Rooftop Cable Trays

Posted by Jason Fulton on October 26, 2016

A lot of thought must go into choosing and installing cable trays in order to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the cables that run through them. Those systems ensure the effectiveness of the cables they protect, reduce wear and tear to rooftop installations, and help ensure safety for people, as well as, property.

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Topics: Installation Tips, Rooftop Support Engineering

6 apps every engineer needs

Posted by Jason Fulton on September 22, 2016

Remember when your math teachers in grade school use to constantly tell you, "You have to memorize all these forumulas because once you graduate and get a job, you won't always have a calculator available"? Boy were they wrong! Beyond the simple calculator that's built into every phone these days, there are a multitude of smart phone apps on the market that can simplify any professional's day to day work life. So, if you're in the engineering field, check out the apps below, they could really make things easy for you!

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Topics: Rooftop Support Engineering

8 Factors to Consider When Planning Roof Pipe Support Spacing

Posted by Marion McKnight on August 3, 2016

If you’ve worked in commercial roofing for a while, you know there are many variables that go into sound decision-making. It often comes down to a balancing act of trade-offs: what you get vs. what you give up. That’s no less true for roof pipe supports than for anything else. The fewer roof pipe supports you use, the lower your costs – and the less weight you add to the roof. On the other hand, if you don’t use enough supports, they’ll be spaced too far apart, putting your pipes and supports, as well as the roof itself, at risk. So how do you decide what’s right for your roof? 

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Topics: Installation Tips, Rooftop Support Engineering

How Do Solar Panels Affect the Integrity of the Roof?

Posted by Marion McKnight on July 20, 2016

With the arrival of summer weather – and with many parts of the country experiencing record-breaking heat waves – it’s hard to ignore the power of the sun. It can make walking across the street seem like a marathon, it sends energy bills soaring, and it can make a parked car feel like a furnace. No wonder the sun gets a bad rap this time of year!

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Topics: Rooftop Support Engineering, Roof Architecture

Are Roof Access Stairs and Walkways Really Extras?

Posted by Art Valentz on April 27, 2016

Maybe you’re a building manager who finally persuaded the owner to invest in a new roof. Or
maybe you’re the owner, and you just signed the check. Either way, you might be reluctant to spend even more money on “extras.” But things that extend the life of your roof and protect your workers aren’t extras; they’re the basics. Along with rooftop walkways, roof access stairs definitely fall into that category. Let’s take a look at why that’s true.

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Topics: Rooftop Support Engineering, Roofing Management

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