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Expansive Soils

June 27, 2018

Expansive soils can often cause great loss to residential and commercial property. Numerous Canadian cities and towns are located in geographic areas with soils that are classified as...

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Foundation Drains

April 30, 2018

Humidity in your basement: could it be your foundation drain? Do you notice excessive moisture in your basement in the form of water infiltration or the appearance of molds or whitish marks at the bottom of...

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Concrete Curing

February 22, 2017

Working with concrete is hard, messy work, but even after everything is set in place, the job is not done. Completion of a concrete structure is not yet finished until it has completely cured. ...

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Roof Materials

March 17, 2016

Roofs are the first line of defense against Mother Nature. They protect homes from an array of envir...

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When Structures Stop Standing

February 18, 2016


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Cracks in the Concrete

November 10, 2015

When does a concrete crack pose a significant structural concern?  All concrete will crack to some extent. The reduction in moisture content that concrete...

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Kitchen Renovations

August 24, 2015

Kitchen renovations are high on the list of the most common home renovations. Replacement of appliances is an effective way to improve the look of your kitchen and increase...

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Rebuilding Buildings - From Loss to Repair

March 31, 2015

When a building is damaged in a loss event, three key questions need to be resolved for insurance purposes: 1. Has the building’s integrity been compromised (ie. is...

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Assessing Roof Damage

March 17, 2015

Often after a major hail or wind storm, a building owner will look around their neighborhood and see a number of roofs being replaced. The assumption...

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Timber vs Lumber

February 12, 2015

You may have heard the terms lumber or timber to describe wood construction materials, but perhaps you’ve wondered what the difference is. Well, outside...

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When a Building is not a Building

February 12, 2015

In Alberta, buildings are generally constructed in conformance with the Alberta Building Code and the Alberta Fire Code. These documents provide a prescriptive approach to building...

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Understanding Structural Engineering

January 15, 2015

Forensic structural engineering includes investigating and determining the causes of structural failures of buildings, bridges, and other constructed facilities, as well as rendering opinions...

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Showers Inside and Out: Diagnosing Roof Leakage

February 13, 2014

Roof leakage in residential and commercial buildings is a common occurrence in the spring as the snow is melting and rain is pouring. Water ingress can occur as a result of a variety of factors....

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Snow Accumlation on Roofs

January 22, 2014

Last month we experienced one of the worst starts to winter in more than one hundred years. With constant blizzards, record snow falls, freezing temperatures, the accumulation of snow on roofs all over Alberta...

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Not So Good Vibrations

June 20, 2013

Ahh spring, the time of year when road work and other construction projects seem to popping up all over the city. While some happily anticipated the...

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Infrastructure deficiencies spur closure of Sask facility

December 06, 2011

The Saskatoon Health Region (SHR) has decided to permanently close its central laundry facility following a safety-related incident in early November and the subsequent identification of infrastructure deficiencies at the facility. On November 3, four bags...

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