• Defining Foundation or Structural Failure July 1, 2016 | Republished, Kirby T. Meyer, P.E.

    When has a foundation or any other structural unit failed?  There are three categories in which a structure could be placed with regard to structural performance: I. Obvious failure: a.  Collapse b.  Major distress and distortion c.  Functionality ...

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  • Testing Laboratory Problems April 1, 2016 | Kirby T. Meyer, P.E., Republished

    Testing laboratories are very useful entities and can provide valuable quality control testing of construction materials or construction procedures.  However, some misconceptions need to be cleared up about the proper role and capabilities of testing laboratories. The most common ...

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  • Settlement, Heave & Creep: Types of Foundation Movement January 1, 2016 | Kirby T. Meyer, P.E., Republished

    The general types of movement which can contribute to foundation distress and building damage are settlement, heave and creep.  Another type of phenomena is shear failure of a footing.  Shear failure is unusual in residential or light commercial structures because of light ...

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  • Trees & Slabs October 1, 2015 | Kirby T. Meyer, P.E., Republished

    Trees are common fixtures around the constructed environment and greatly enhance the livability and value of homes, offices, shopping centers, and other facilities used by man.  If you have a shallow soil supported foundation or pavement supported on a high plasticity clay, trees can ...

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