Friday, June 17, 2022

Indications You Need Parking Structure Restoration


Parking structures are an integral part of cities all across the country, providing visitors and their vehicles with a place to park and shelter from the elements. They also often provide access to offices and housing.

The challenging part of maintaining a parking structure is the onslaught of environmental stressors like moisture, expansion and contraction, carbonation, and everyday wear-and-tear. Vehicles regularly entering parking structures cause dynamic loads, and leave oil, water, and other debris behind, not to mention the salt and de-icers in winter climates that are left behind during inclement weather.

Facility managers have a tough job when it comes to maintaining parking garages and protecting them from deterioration. How can you avoid costly repairs?

  • Ponding: Standing water is a huge issue in parking structures that can cause a tremendous amount of damage over time if not addressed early. Drain installation can prevent future, larger problems.
  • Expansion joint failure: Detecting expansion joint problems and reacting quickly to make repairs is very beneficial in the long run. Failed joints provide another avenue for water to reach the reinforcing steel and connector plates.
  • Horizontally or vertically cracked concrete: Concrete that has spalled or is cracking represents areas of potential structural damage that needs to be addressed. Cracks let water reach the structure’s reinforcing steel causing it to erode.
  • Exposed rebar: If you can see rebar, it deserves immediate attention. Introduced to water, rebar corrodes and expands up to eight times its original size. This is due to water penetration into the concrete.


Read more about protective coatings and parking structure restoration on our website!

Avoid Costly Repairs by Maintaining Your Parking Structure


Water is the number 1 cause of parking structure deterioration. Water-saturated concrete can freeze, expand, and spall. Combined with oxygen, water can also cause corrosion of the concrete reinforcing.

Exposure to deicing salts accelerates this process. As reinforcing steel expands as it rusts, this process also leads to concrete spalling. Spalled concrete provides less cover or protection of the reinforcing which leads to further (and accelerated) deterioration if not repaired in a timely manner.

The IEI Structural Engineering Advantage


Our engineers at IEI specialize in parking structure restoration. We’ll 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. Give us a call today!

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Protective Surface Coatings for Parking Structures

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A parking structure provides an essential service. Whether your parking structure is a multi-level garage or a few below-grade levels under a high-rise building, proactive condition assessment and diligent maintenance are imperative.

If problems are ignored, the harsh environment in garages, including corrosive deicing chemicals, freeze-thaw cycling, and the stress of thousands of vehicles traversing the deck, will quickly accelerate deterioration into hazardous conditions.

Did you know a protective coating in your parking structure can keep your facility performing well and save money? The right coating can reduce your maintenance over time by keeping your surfaces clean, good-looking, and intact. They can also safeguard your building’s interior and exterior from the elements and mishaps that can occur because of constant vehicle traffic.

What are the options for parking garage coatings?


You should explore a variety of coating options, including those meant for extreme environments:

  1. Epoxy: Untreated concrete can wear out easily, and polished concrete lacks the traction necessary to make smooth turns in the confined spaces of a busy garage. Epoxy flooring can increase the strength of the flooring while ensuring the underlying slab is protected from damage. Epoxy can help repel oil, grease, brake fluid, and de-icing salts.

  2. Slip-resistant floor coatings: From wet spots under leaky vehicles to coffee spills, garages with slick floors can be dangerous. An aluminum oxide additive to a floor coating helps prevent dangerous slip and falls.


Read more about protective coatings and parking structure restoration on our website!

The IEI Structural Engineering Advantage


Our engineers at IEI specialize in parking structure restoration. We’ll 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. Give us a call today!

Monday, May 16, 2022

Why Choose Innovative Engineering after Graduation?


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).
 
 Don’t take our word for it – hear from a past successful intern:
 
“I enjoyed my time as an intern at IEI immensely. The one-on-one mentoring, accessible coworkers, focus on practicality, and technological savvy I found here all made for fantastic experiences that greatly enhanced my understanding of the structural engineering profession.” – Perry 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!

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Looking for an Engineering Internship? Consider IEI


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? 
 
  1. Relationships with the community – Does the company you’re considering have partnerships with local government officials, state and federal reviewing agencies, or local elected officials? 
  2. Professionalism – Look for a firm that always treats their clients and projects with respect and professionalism. A company that strives to maintain a good standing in the community and that has a great reputation is a good place to start. 
  3. Track record – Great firms promote quality in the workplace with every project, no matter the size. Projects should be completed on time and on budget. Look for a strong track record of experienced firms that have been successful in working with local contractors and have a reputation of helping their clients over a long period of time. 
  4. Stability – If there’s a lot of turnover at the firm you’re interested in, that might be a red flag. Consider applying to firms that maintain their core team of engineers, architects, and surveyors. 

Read the full article on our website!

“I enjoyed my time as an intern at IEI immensely. The one-on-one mentoring, accessible coworkers, focus on practicality, and technological savvy I found here all made for fantastic experiences that greatly enhanced my understanding of the structural engineering profession.” – Perry 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!

 

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Remember the ABCD's of Fall Arrest Systems!


Fall/Travel Restraint systems utilize a combination of an anchorage, anchorage connector, and lanyard.

This system eliminates the possibility of an employee going over the edge of a walking-working surface.

•    Anchorage
•    Body Support
•    Connectors
•    Deceleration Devices

All components of your fall protection system should be thoroughly inspected before use. Other fall protection systems include ladders, guardrails, and industrial rope access.

Ladders come in two varieties - portable and fixed. There are two major guidelines to follow when using a portable ladder: you must keep three points of contact with the ladder at all times, and your belt buckle should never be extended past the side rails of the ladder.

Portable ladders should be kept at 75 degrees (a 4-to-1 ratio) and the side rails should extend at least 3 feet above the upper level. Ensure that the ladder is secured at top and bottom, and that it is placed on a stable surface. Always follow manufacturer recommendations, and inspect your equipment before use.

Guardrails are required to be 42 inches tall, plus or minus 3 inches. A toe board should be present at the bottom of the rail, at least 3.5 inches tall, to prevent items from being kicked off onto people or property below.

Industrial Rope Access is a use form of positioning that allows inspection of hard-to-reach locations without the need for scaffolding, cradles, or an aerial work platform.

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Innovative Engineering Inc. Can Provide Efficient Fall Protection

Innovative Engineering Inc. is a trusted Structural Engineering resource of facility owners and managers of all sizes, including some of those with the nation’s largest real estate portfolios. We strive to be a true partner to our clients, providing them with honest assessments, and more importantly, sound solutions.

Contact us today for our expert advice and knowledge about fall protection, and to provide OSHA Competent Person Training. Our experts are standing by to help you!

Friday, April 8, 2022

Are You Following Fall Protection Best Practices?


In order to provide a safe workplace, Building Owners, Property Managers, Architects, Planners, and Engineers shall incorporate safe design measures to eliminate, prevent, or otherwise control fall hazards in the design phase.

There are many options for reduction of fall hazards, but the ultimate goal should be total elimination of hazards wherever possible. One such method of fall hazard elimination is the incorporation of ground support equipment into the mechanical design of the building, eliminating the need to go on the roof to inspect or maintain the equipment.

Fall Protection systems that are classified as "warnings" do offer some protection, but at the end of the day rely purely on human diligence. A warning line can be used, or a designated safety monitor who actively overlooks working conditions and can warn other workers when they are approaching a fall hazard.

Read the full article about fall protection and steps you must take on our website!


Innovative Engineering Inc. is a trusted Structural Engineering resource of facility owners and managers of all sizes, including some of those with the nation’s largest real estate portfolios. We strive to be a true partner to our clients, providing them with honest assessments, and more importantly, sound solutions.

“Innovative Engineering Inc. (IEI) has been a trusted resource for our structural and parking garage repair and restoration needs for several years. I have personally worked with the firm as long ago as 2001. We have found IEI to be very responsive and easy to work with. Their work has been accurate, thorough, on time, and within budget. We look forward to continuing our relationship with them.”Sarah Peek, Emory University Hospital Midtown

Contact us today for our expert advice and knowledge about fall protection, and to provide OSHA Competent Person Training. Our experts are standing by to help you!

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Save Money on Costly Roof Repairs


Repairs to an extensively damaged roof can be quite costly. This cost is highlighted further when compared against that of a regular inspection. Money can be saved in the long run by performing thorough and regular inspections of your roof, rather than waiting until the damage has already been done.

Neglect tends to be the most common cause of roof failure, as most significant problems can be prevented. It is easy to assume that a roof is invincible, but unfortunately that is not the case, as they are prone to many issues such as ponding water, debris accumulation, exposure, and cracking.

Other common issues include:

  • Organic growth: Weed and plant roots can actually penetrate into the roof, which can cause damage.
  • Heat absorption: Components of the roof that have absorbed water will cool off more slowly. This leads to dusk being the best time to thermally examine a roof, as the “hot spots” have not cooled down as much as other areas.
  • Ponding: The result of poor drainage, ponding is standing water that remains on a roof after 48 hours. The water can find its way into imperfections in the roof, and degrades the materials inside.
  • Parapets: Can be a problematic source of water intrusion. Materials that have been exposed to moisture, sunlight, and UV exposure can crack and split, allowing water an easy path into the inside of the building envelope.
  • Rusted supports: Can contribute to damage or falling pieces of your building envelope. Lightning strikes have been known to hit sensitive areas of a roof or facade and cause massive chunks to fall to the ground below.

Read the full article about roof inspection on our website!

Use the IEI Advantage to Protect Your Roof


A roof inspection is recommended twice a year – primarily right before and after winter. However, if your roof is subject to severe weather such as a hailstorm or hurricane, it may be prudent to schedule an inspection to assess any potential damage that may have been caused.

Innovative Engineering Inc.’s Certified Remote Pilots comply with FAA Part 107 Guidelines. They also hold a daylight operations waiver which allows them to fly at night, which is the best time to conduct thermal inspection.

The engineers at IEI have extensive experience with various methods of roof inspection. If you feel that it is time to address any problems (either potential or already confirmed) with the roof of your facility, give IEI a call today. Their engineers will be happy to provide you with a detailed report of any deficiencies that need to be addressed. Contact us today!

Indications You Need Parking Structure Restoration

Parking structures are an integral part of cities all across the country, providing visitors and their vehicles with a place to park and she...