Structural Engineering Consulting
In the aftermath of incidents such as fires or explosions, or following natural catastrophe events such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, landslides or earthquakes, the safety of a damaged structure may be called into question:
- Has its structural integrity been compromised?
- Do structural repairs need to be made before other repairs can be performed?
- Is the structure safe to enter?
Experienced and Conveniently Located Staff
Rimkus' staff of structural engineering experts are located in our offices so they can respond quickly to questions such as these. They are experienced in the design, analysis and construction of structural systems for residential and commercial buildings; industrial and manufacturing facilities; bridges, signs, towers and more.
Forensic Training and Investigation Experience
Coupled with extensive forensic experience, Rimkus experts are uniquely qualified to evaluate structural damage stemming by a variety of causes including wind events like hurricanes and tornadoes, earthquakes, landslides, flooding, ice and snow loading, fires and explosions, mechanical impact from vehicles, ground subsidence or nearby vibration damage from construction. We have investigated collapses and failures of building components, differential foundation movement, long-term deterioration effects on structural components and design and construction defects.
Specific Structural Analysis Experience
Our past assignments have included a wide range of structural matters, including the following:
- Overall structural analysis of building components to determine forces, displacements and stresses.
- Determination of design loads for existing and new structures, including evaluation of present and past building codes as applicable.
- Determination of forces resulting from various natural and man-made sources, including blasts/explosions, earthquakes, wind, vehicles, construction vibrations, wave/surge impact, projectiles, storm water accumulation, snow/ice loading, and expansion/contraction associated with changes in temperature.
- Evaluation of various structural materials, including both plain and reinforced concrete, structural and miscellaneous steel, unreinforced and reinforced masonry, wood/timber structural systems, aluminum structural components and steel framing.
- Evaluation of structural connection failures.
- Analysis of complex structural failure phenomena, including forced displacement failure and lateral torsional buckling analysis.