• 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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  • Excavation Safety April 1, 2015 | Republished, Kirby T. Meyer, P.E.

    Excavations are common on construction sites in the form of pits, trenches and cuts adjacent to hillsides. Excavations are necessary for construction but can be dangerous. Stiff to hard clays seem very strong and will stand temporarily on vertical cuts for great depths. Clays are, however, ...

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