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  • 1.  Existing Buildings Evaluation

    Posted 05-26-2017 12:24 PM

    Hello everybody,


    I am new to this site but I already like it.


    The largest part of the our company work is related to existing building rehabilitation. I spent most of my working time dealing with existing buildings issues.


    I will be glad to create any connections with the people with the same interests. There are so much to share.


    Thank you


    Jane Krisanova, P.Eng.

    Senior Structural Engineer
    Ojdrovic Engineering Inc.
    4195 Dundas St. West, Suite 233, Toronto, ON  M8X 1Y4

    T: 416-925-0333x224, F 416-925-3980, M 416-856-6584


  • 2.  RE: Existing Buildings Evaluation

    Posted 05-30-2017 09:43 AM


    I am a Prof. of structural engineering at the University of Vermont. Part of my research involves the interpretation of vibration signals in existing buildings to improve models (make them more realistic) and make better decisions regarding the condition of the building. I think this type of technology has lots of exciting and unexplored uses in civil engineering practice.

    Eric Hernandez Ph.D., A.M.ASCE
    University of Vermont
    Burlington VT

  • 3.  RE: Existing Buildings Evaluation

    Posted 08-08-2017 01:54 PM
    I am a Civil/Structural engineer in Rockford, Michigan.  I have been involved in a wide variety of projects involving evaluation of structural issues with existing buildings and design of repairs and reinforcements.  I work for Williams & Beck, Inc.  We provide forensic engineering services to insurance companies, attorneys and property owners, but unlike many forensic engineering firms we also design repairs to damaged buildings.  Consequently, we have had the opportunity to evaluate and design repairs for some pretty unique situations such as a collapsed 12' tall retaining wall supporting the deck around an in-ground swimming pool  with a second failing 8' tall retaining on the immediate up-hill side of the pool and 3' from the foundation of the house.  The house foundation was starting to move as well.  Our design saved the house and the pool and replaced the two retaining walls.

    Bruce Clarke P.E., M.ASCE
    Vice President
    Williams & Beck Inc
    Rockford MI

  • 4.  RE: Existing Buildings Evaluation

    Posted 08-09-2017 11:43 AM
    Edited by Miles Brumbaugh 08-10-2017 01:31 PM
    The subject of Repairs, Restoration, Retrofitting & Forensic Engineering is a very interesting Subject, and I have been involved with such Projects on a broad scale, as also having investigated a Number of so called " Sudden Collapses" of Buildings, where the Occupants could get as much warning, to escape, and few getting trapped and killed loosing their precious lives.

    A true Forensic Engineering, in my view, is to find the " Culprit Situation", and NOT the Culprit, that being task for the Law makers & the Police.

    In such situations, the true Forensic Engineering, is to find the True Cause, to a level of finding damning proof of Culprit situation, triggering the Collapse, and which has to be much beyond evaluation of Structural Designs & Drawings, of a Building, which provided Service Life for many many years, penultimate to the instant Collapse.

    I, am Past President and CONVENOR for an upcoming International Conference on " Repairs, Retrofitting & Forensic Engineering of Built Structures.

    Anyone interested to participate and/or send a Paper on Case Studies of their involvement, is most welcome.

    Please send a direct message for more information. 

    Consulting Structural ENGINEER

  • 5.  RE: Existing Buildings Evaluation

    Posted 08-10-2017 12:28 PM
    ​It is understood that equations have two sides. Finding the "Culprit Situation" is 1/2. Making repairs, restoration and or retrofit is the other 1/2.
    This balances the equation.

    Hank Taylor Aff.M.ASCE
    Epoxy Design Systems, Inc.
    Houston TX

  • 6.  RE: Existing Buildings Evaluation

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  • 7.  RE: Existing Buildings Evaluation

    Posted 08-17-2017 03:10 PM
    Hi everybody, I am a Structural/Civil engineer in Bogotá, Colombia. I have been involved and participate in several projects related with seismic retrofit and evaluation of existing residential and non-residential (industrial) buildings. The big part of the projects are related to steel, concrete and unreinforced masonry structures. For some cases the soil-structure-interaction effects and vibrations due to special equipment have been taken in consideration for the evaluation and design of the retrofit.

    Also, I have been involved in a research project to obtain vulnerability functions using probabilistic loss methodologies for buildings, and its applications for risk assessment against natural hazards at difference levels. It is interesting view the different applications that can be developed of retrofit of existing buildings applied to decision-making for risk assessment and insurance strategies of portfolios.

    If someone have any questions related with those topics, feel free to ask me.


    Alvaro I. Hurtado Ch.
    Structural Engineer
    Bogota, Colombia