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Residential & Commercial Terms & Engineering Design Differences 101

Residential & Commercial Glazing Differences & Common Terms 101   Engineering Express is typically asked what the difference between residential & commercial glazing & how we help each industry.  Read below for answers to the most common questions & terms.   Commercial Glazing   What is Commercial Glazing? This generally involves the framing systems used …

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Types of At-Grade Footings Explained

Here’s a description and illustrations we’ve created for footing types we frequently reference in our work for sunrooms, pergolas, carports, screen rooms, signs, and similar at-grade building component structures.  Photos of each appear below.   An isolated footing is used to support a single post. Isolated footings are independent footings which are provided for each …

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Test Laboratories

The information contained herein is offered as an unbiased list of firms and services that compliment the services offered by Engineering Express. The information is provided with no guarantee or endorsement of any kind and not with our recommendation. We strive to achieve a well rounded list of services to offer our clients and the public numerous …

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Architects To Consider

The information contained herein is offered as an unbiased list of firms and services that compliment the services offered by Engineering Express. The information is provided with no guarantee or endorsement of any kind and not with our recommendation. We strive to achieve a well rounded list of services to offer our clients and the public numerous …

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Engineering Firms To Consider

The information contained herein is offered as an unbiased list of firms and services that compliment the services offered by Engineering Express. The information is provided with no guarantee or endorsement of any kind and not with our recommendation. We strive to achieve a well rounded list of services to offer our clients and the public numerous …

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Calculator Glossary of Terms

Here’s a summary of our Online Calculator & General Terms. These terms are published by Engineering Express to coincide with help menus for our online tools. See also our FLOOD ENGINEERING GLOSSARY for more terms related to flood. LABEL GLOSSARY DESCRIPTION ADDITION ROOF TYPE For sunroom enclosures, roof types can be monoslope for studio, shed, …

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Technical Evaluation Report – TER – Types of Product Evaluations Typically Performed By Engineering Express

Engineering Express provides structural design evaluations of various types of mechanical equipment exposed to weather.  There are four (4) evaluation types typically performed, each with their own benefits and limitations of use.  This article explores each type and provides examples and summary of output. Some notes to first understand:   All tiers listed below include …

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Whats The Difference Between a Digitally Sealed Plan, Electronic Seal, & Scanned Digital Copy of a Plan?

HISTORY Back in the day, kings used wax to seal an envelope to prove its authenticity. That seal evolved over time to become variations of paper embossing and ink ‘wet’ sealing up until this day to certify blueprints by architects and engineers.  In today’s digital world, a more secure solution is needed. Engineering documents are …

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PRODUCT APPROVALS ARE NOT ALWAYS REQUIRED! HERE’S WHY:

HERE’S 3 MYTHS ABOUT PRODUCT APPROVALS:   Background: Product evaluations (sometimes called “product approvals”, “ICC reports”, NOA’s or similar) for building components are the general rule in the International Building Code.  Building officials, architects, insurance companies, third party reviewers, even homeowners ask for them all the time, frequently refusing permits, insurance discounts, and product installations. …

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When is an Engineer Seal Required, Why Do We Write ‘Draft’ on Unsealed Work, And About Digital Seals

In Florida (as well as many states): If an engineer produces a drawing that is not a final plan, it needs to be sealed and stated as such.  Releasing unsealed plans violates 61G15-23.001 as highlighted below. If the drawings an engineer produces are final plans, they need to be signed and sealed (as in the red text …

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Where To Buy Extrusions & Parts

We’re frequently asked by our clients where they can purchase many of the products specified in our plans. Below is a growing list of products1 for your reference. FEATURING PRODUCTS BY: CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW TO FIND THE PRODUCT(S) YOU ARE LOOKING FOR: General Extrusions Eastern Metal Supply Standard Extrusion & Sheet Products Eastern …

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Can a Building Inspector or Plan Reviewer Deny The Use of a TER or Master Plan Sheet?

YES OR NO? While plan reviewers, inspectors, and other building officials have the authority to question any document submitted if the document complies with the intent of the applicable building code and related codes & standards, the if the site specific project complies with the limitations of the certified evaluation report, the short answer is …

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