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J.S. Held expands building consulting practice in Canada with the acquisition of SPECS.

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The Vulnerability of Dams: A Rising Threat to Life & Property

There is an increasing risk of dam failures which result in loss of life and property throughout the United States. As metropolitan areas continue to grow there is greater need for stormwater control and a reliable source of clean drinking water, which dams can provide...

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How Technology is Revolutionizing Complex Roofing Assessments

Whether a commercial roof with massive expanses that cover acres of area or a single-family residential structure with two roof slopes, combining expertise with cutting-edge technology better supports the scientific analysis of roofing matters. ...

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HVAC & Refrigeration: What To Look For & Where

Heating, ventilating, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC&R) equipment is often included in building damage loss claims or forensic building assessments, especially those system components that are installed outdoors. If you write or review large estimates, this paper will explain the most common HVAC&R systems and how...

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Hairline Cracking Within Concrete Block Walls

Hairline cracking within concrete block walls, often referred to as stair-step cracking or mortar joint cracking, is an example of an imperfection or distress but does not typically compromise structural integrity. Hairline cracking within concrete block walls is the result of internal stresses resulting from...

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Infrared Testing

Infrared Thermography is the process of acquiring and analyzing thermal image information captured by a non-destructive thermal imaging device, often referred to as an infrared camera or an IR camera. These devices detect the heat energy emitted and reflected by objects and present this information...

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Do Hail-Caused Dents “Damage” Steel Roof Panels?

Following a hail storm, adjusters, engineers, and roofing consultants are often brought in to inspect roofing systems. In instances involving galvanized steel roof panels, the term “damage” is often used (or misused) to describe conditions following a hail event. In reality, the consultant can tell...

 
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