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Experience

Research

  • Scientific Building Performance Assessments (Hurricanes Katrina, Charley, Andrew, & Opal, Northridge Earthquake, and an F4 Tornado)
  • Durability of Structures (scientific condition assessments)
  • Weather- and Moisture-Resistance of Buildings (best practices)
  • Testing and Design of Innovative and Conventional Building Systems
  • Frost-Protected Shallow Foundations (validation research and standardization in the U.S.)
  • Innovative Shear Wall Design and Construction Methods (wood, concrete, and steel)
  • Structural Building Loads (wind, earthquake, gravity, and improved guidelines)
  • Panelized Wall Systems (value engineering, testing, case studies, model design guidelines)
  • Hazard and Risk/Safety Assessment (Probabilistic Analysis)
  • Policy Development and Analysis (Natural Disasters)

Building Codes & Standards Development

  • Residential Steel Framing Provisions, 1998 International Code Council
  • Insulating Concrete Form Provisions, 2000 International Code Council
  • Frost-Protected Shallow Foundation (FPSF) Provisions, CABO and ICC Codes
  • Design and Construction Guide for FPSF, ASCE Standard 32-01 (secretary)
  • Residential Wall Bracing & Related Provisions, 2000 International Code Council
  • Evaluation of various structural and durability building code issues

Engineering & Expert Witness

  • Design and Construction of Residential and Commercial Low-Rise Buildings
  • Value Engineering of Framing and Foundations
  • Residential Site and Storm Water Management Plans, including Low-Impact Development
  • Timber Frames, Steel, Masonry, and Concrete Structures
  • Retaining Walls, Bridges, Bulkheads, and Temporary Construction Supports
  • Expert Witness & Mediator (Structural/Material/Installation/Building Science)
  • Inspection and Assessment of EIFS-related Water Damage to Buildings
  • Resolution of Drywall & Lumber Shrink-Swell Problems
  • Building Condition and Performance Assessments (over 1,500 assessments)

Guides, Seminars, & Presentations

  • IRC Wall Bracing Short Course (2hr to 8hr CEU)
  • Wind/Seismic Design of Wood Frame Buildings (up to 2-day CEU Short Course)
  • Conventional and Alternative Materials & Methods of Construction/Design
  • Efficient Residential Structural Design, Shear Walls, and Building Loads
  • Durability & Moisture Resistant Construction Practices
  • Construction site work inspector training
  • Frost Protected Shallow Foundation Design & Construction
  • Building Performance, Disasters and Solutions