Blog – Structural Engineering

Peer Review Challenges with a Historic Building

In the span of over a decade, a major cell service provider outfitted a historic metro-west Boston building as a cell service tower.  The work included installing an equipment room in the attic space, installing cell signal transmitters in the …

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Custom Approach to Roof Deck Designs

Back in the 1970’s, a stately Back Bay mansion was converted to condominiums.  The roof was later divided among the two top level units for private roof decks.  In the days before the Massachusetts State Building Code got tough on …

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Anchor Testing in the Field

1. WHEN IT’S TIME FOR AN ANCHOR TEST Anchor manufacturers publish a dizzying array of data about their fasteners’ capacity in various substrates under various conditions.  It’s often the structural engineer’s task to identify the most appropriate anchor for the …

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Historical McLauthlin Elevator Building: Part 2

In our previous blog post we talked about restoring the iconic iron-clad façade of the McLauthlin Elevator Building, however we have been working at this building for a number of years.  12 years ago, this building, over 100 years old …

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A Tale of Two Engineers

Structural and civil engineers were meant to collaborate – after all, their academic faculties are usually under the same roof! This is a story of such a collaboration to restore a historic townhouse on Beacon Hill. The building was plagued …

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Crack Chaser

Many Engineers use the term “crack rout and seal” on their drawings to describe the process of preparing cracks in concrete before filling them with sealant.  However, that terminology is not well known to the masons who actually perform the …

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Working in Haiti

After the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti in 2010, millions reached out to aid with the rescue, cleanup and rebuilding of Port-au-Prince and the affected surrounding areas.  Craig Barnes, P.E., CBI Consulting Inc.’s Founding Principal, spent two weeks in Port-au-Prince following …

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Don’t Let the Snowpocalypse Ruin Your Roof

By Wayne R. Lawson, P.E., SECB, MCPPO Since Boston is currently positioned in the top 10 Snowiest Winters of All Time (and Spring is still 37 days away!), we felt it necessary to remind people about the concerns of excessive …

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Structural Implications of Vertical Expansion

By Keith M. Bouchard, P.E. It was Mark Twain who first quipped, “Buy land, they’re not making it anymore!”  Nowhere in this country does that old maxim ring more true than in the crowded cities of the Northeast where every …

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Shining a Light on Solar Panels

By Keith M. Bouchard, P.E. No matter what you think about global warming, the benefits of using clean and renewable energy sources are undeniable.  As technology stands today, the easiest way for municipalities, businesses, and homeowners alike to tap into …

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