Friday, April 9, 2021

Advantages of Thermal Imaging for Building Envelope Inspection

Infrared (IR) thermal imaging is the measurement of surface temperatures. However, to the trained eye it is much more than that. Thermal images, when analyzed by an expert, can provide valuable insight to many problems in a building that would otherwise be difficult to identify or diagnose. Three common types of deficiencies that thermal imaging can be used to assess are water infiltration, air leakage, and insulation.

With the advent of drone technology, large areas can be scanned all at once during a building envelope inspection. IEI possesses a drone capable of thermal imaging, and Trey Thomas PE, Project Manager with IEI has a sought-after FAA-issued daylight waiver in his name that allows him to fly the drone during the window of time where hot spots are most visible. Trey has used the thermal imaging capabilities of the drone to great results, saying that it has improved his on-site efficiency many times over. Additionally, the drone footage can conveniently be brought back to the office for further study/analysis.

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Innovative Engineering Inc. has specialized in building envelope inspection for 25 years. IEI’s engineers have extensive experience with various methods of inspection. Additionally, their Certified Remote Pilots comply with FAA Part 107, and also hold a daylight operations waiver which allows them to fly at night, maximizing the effectiveness of thermal imaging. If you feel that it is time to address any problems with your building envelope, give IEI a call today. They will be happy to show you how spending pennies on engineering can save you dollars on construction and maintenance.

Monday, March 15, 2021

How can IEI Help with Commercial Construction Management?


IEI routinely serves as the prime discipline and provides construction management services to projects as needed by the owner. Scheduling skills with Primavera and MS Project picked from the construction industry serves as the foundation for IEI's ability to deliver every project on time. Through scheduling and resource leveling, our structural engineering staff is able to meet all project schedules with the highest degree of care without stressing out and overworking the staff.

Read more about the different types of construction projects and how a qualified CM can make a difference on our website!

To talk more about a collaboration between owners, general contractors, and subcontractors, talk to one of our expert engineers today. We want to help every aspect of your business and project be successful and keep to best practices. Fill out our contact form or call one of our offices today! For the headquarters in Atlanta, call 770-517-5507, and for our Seattle office, call 206-279-4360. We look forward to hearing from you!

Monday, March 1, 2021

What is Commercial Construction Management?


Commercial construction is a huge industry, and as the economy grows, commercial buildings are necessary for creating more space for more workers as population growth and business cycles also grow.

Commercial construction projects are all unique. Ever business owner has a different vision of their design and the structure of their building depending on the end use. Depending on the size of the project, there are many roles that need to be done to make sure a project is completed on time, on budget, and done well.

Visit our website to read about the different types of construction management, the roles each company plays, and how IEI can help.

IEI routinely serves as the prime discipline and provides construction management services to projects as needed by the owner.

To talk more about a collaboration between owners, general contractors, and subcontractors, talk to one of our experts today. We want to help every aspect of your business and project be successful and keep to best practices. Fill out our contact form or call one of our offices today! For the headquarters in Atlanta, call 770-517-5507, and for our Seattle office, call 206-279-4360. We look forward to hearing from you!

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Snow Removal 101 for Parking Structures

Do you maintain a parking structure or parking garage at your facility? 

When winter hits, are you truly prepared to take care of the snow and ice buildup? 

Before the snow hits, there are some items to add to your to-do list that will make snow clearing easier and will help ensure you avoid costly repairs when the snow finally melts.

  1. Don’t use metal or steel snowplow blades in the garage! Use urethane or heavy rubber edges.
  2. Only use de-icing agents that are parking garage-friendly! Sodium acetate, potassium acetate, and calcium magnesium acetate are good to use in advance of snowfall. Avoid sodium chloride (rock salt), calcium chloride, and ammonium nitrate in a garage as these accelerate corrosion of reinforcing! 
  3. Don’t store large piles of snow on the roof. Large snow piles get heavy over time and can quickly exceed the live load limits of the structure or garage.
  4. In between snowfalls, make it a habit to use snow melt machines or over-the-side dumping to remove large snow piles from the garage. 

Visit our website to read the entire list, and learn more about parking structure restoration!

Innovative Engineering Specializes in Parking Structure Restoration

Innovative Engineering has been helping owners reduce parking garage restoration costs since 1995. Unlike most other building systems that are protected by a conditioned building envelope, parking structures are directly exposed to the elements which results in exponential or accelerated deterioration. Therefore, early and inexpensive parking garage restoration practices produce a ROI much higher than that of other building systems

Our engineers are glad to walk your facility and let you know of any conditions that require immediate attention and what maintenance activities you can perform now to extend the life of your facility. Since the back of IEI business cards contain a crack gauge, you can easily evaluate any cracks within your structure to determine if it is of concern. Give us a call today!

Monday, February 1, 2021

Prep Your Parking Structure for Snow and Ice

It might be February, but winter is far from over in the Northeast and Midwest!

Is your parking structure properly prepped for any inclement weather? 

Have you noticed in between snow clearings that your parking structure is starting to show spalls or leaks?

Before the snow hits, there are some items to add to your to-do list that will help ensure you avoid costly repairs when the snow finally melts.

Visit our website to read the full article about winter parking structure restoration!

Innovative Engineering Specializes in Parking Structure Restoration

Innovative Engineering has been helping owners reduce parking garage restoration costs since 1995. Unlike most other building systems that are protected by a conditioned building envelope, parking structures are directly exposed to the elements which results in exponential or accelerated deterioration. Therefore, early and inexpensive parking garage restoration practices produce a ROI much higher than that of other building systems

Our engineers are glad to walk your facility and let you know of any conditions that require immediate attention and what maintenance activities you can perform now to extend the life of your facility. Since the back of IEI business cards contain a crack gauge, you can easily evaluate any cracks within your structure to determine if it is of concern. Give us a call today!

Friday, December 18, 2020

Look to IEI for Your Post-Grad Engineering Career


Innovative Engineering Inc. is a trusted Structural Engineering resource of facility owners and managers of all sizes, including those with the nation’s largest real estate portfolios.

Innovative Engineering Inc. is cut from a different cloth. We treat our staff as the highly respected professionals they are. Beginning with the work environment, all of our engineers have Class A private offices and a flexible work atmosphere. Most of our staff lives within a short commute and we have a shower and lockers for those who wish to walk, run or ride their bike to work.

While most firms pay a 40 hour per week salary and expect 50 or more hours, our professional staff is paid for every hour they work. In addition, based on our project management abilities, we are able to limit overtime to preserve your quality of life outside of work. Our dedication to continuing education results in our engineers far exceeding the minimum number of Professional Development Hours (PDH's).

If you’re considering engineering work in the Atlanta, GA, or Seattle, WA areas, Innovative Engineering is the right choice for you.

Learn more about career opportunities here!

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Looking for a Structual Engineering Job?


Are you close to the finish line for college graduation? You’ve been working hard for years, and it’s time for that work to pay off as you search for your dream job.

Getting your foot in the door at a great engineering company can be intimidating and challenging. What should you look for in an engineering company before submitting your resume?

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“Knight Architects has worked with Innovative Engineering since 1997 (22 years). IEI has provided structural engineering services, and more recently, building envelope inspection services of high-rise buildings for a major federal government campus in Atlanta. Their work has been accurate, thorough, on time and within budget. Of equal importance, we have enjoyed working with the staff at IEI and they have been very responsive. We were kept in the loop on any issues that arose during projects as IEI diligently resolved them. We will work with them again in the future as the need arises.”

If you’re considering engineering work in the Atlanta, GA, or Seattle, WA areas, Innovative Engineering is the right choice for you.

Learn more about career opportunities here!

Advantages of Thermal Imaging for Building Envelope Inspection

Infrared (IR) thermal imaging is the measurement of surface temperatures. However, to the trained eye it is much more than that. Thermal i...