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Door and Hardware Online Glossary

Thanks to our partners at ASSA ABLOY, we’re happy to pass along this helpful glossary of industry lingo. Learn all about the many terms used in the door and hardware industry Click here to visit the ASSA ABLOY Glossary

How To Validate A Digital Signature On An Engineers Digitally-Sealed Plan

Digital signatures for engineers in Florida require third-party validation per FAC 61G15-23.004. Other states offer similar rules that require the signature to be verifiable to which this also applies. Here’s how to check a digitally signed document in Adobe & Bluebeam to ensure the signature is valid. How To Verify In Adobe A digitally signed …

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How To Use Master Plans – TER’s – Calculator Reports Purchased From Engineering Express

READ BELOW BEFORE USING PLANS PURCHASED FROM ENGINEERING EXPRESS FOR YOUR PROJECT   General Information: The documents you receive contain a physical or digitally certified engineer seal. They are intended to be used to assist in obtaining a building permit and construct the component conveyed in the plan.  In all cases, additional documentation is required …

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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

  Tet laboratories have been combined into our Online Directory. The information contained herein is offered as an unbiased list of firms and services that complement 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 …

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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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Our Directory of Engineering & Testing Firms We Work With

The information contained herein is offered as an unbiased list of firms and services that complement 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 alternatives to pursue …

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Glossary of Engineering Terms

GLOSSARY OF ENGINEERING TERMS These terms are published by Engineering Express to coincide with help menus for our online tools & published articles and as they relate to the Building Component Design industry. See also our FLOOD ENGINEERING GLOSSARY for more terms related to flood engineering. See Also SUNROOM TERMINOLOGY for a list of Sunroom …

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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 Signed 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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