I speak periodically to groups about various legal, engineering and construction contract concepts I’m typically involved in with my forensic investigations and expert witness services. Trying to pass on lessons learned and looking for ways for help others to improve performance as experts in their own related fields and endeavors, particularly for those in the […]
For 25 years or more I have been, and continue to be a strong advocate for the improved importance, value and competency of design professionals, particularly architects, in both the design and construction of buildings. But every once in a while I run into a circumstance and wonder aloud why Architects try to make it […]
What do you do when the Thermal Imaging Guru is too busy to get back to the office for a promotional photo? Taking a cue from the US Marine Corp – Adapt, Improvise and Overcome. An on-site photo with the best camera in hand will do nicely! For more information on how thermal imaging and infrared […]
There are 2 structural objectives when you design and construct a building. One is for the long haul. To hold up years of ongoing normal structural loads. Gravity, winds, snow, materials, stuff, etc. The other is to deal with temporary structural concerns such as unique loads and risks taking place during the original construction. This recent video of a […]
Here at Building Science Services we’ve been following reports starting in 2012 about an Architect that was criminally charged in the death of a LA Firefighter who was killed fighting a fire at a home that was designed and constructed by the Architect in the previous year. In an updated report, it was announced this past […]
Most professionals familiar with building codes, and even the general public, seem to understand that building codes serve an important purpose in safeguarding the health and safety of people when occupying a building. What most people don’t understand, many professionals included, is that building codes also set minimum standards for the durability of buildings. The […]
Before you read too far along here, let’s be clear the following is not intended to serve a legal advice and counsel. It is however, the opinion of an author with significant experience as an expert witness in design and construction matters. You should seek out professional legal counsel for any specific legal matters related […]
In this video see how sometimes it is challenging to give a building hazard the right name. See if you can help with this one!