DCI Principal Dick Hemmen has officially announced his retirement from the firm! What that really means is that he will be part-time, wrapping up two small projects, and attending future social company events. DCI Engineers has become such a big a part of his life, walking away completely and disconnecting from the firm would be hard to do, he confessed.
In the past century, an evolution has occurred in the field of structural engineering. It’s the evolvement of design practice and building codes that allow us to construct even taller buildings for people. So what makes it possible to go so tall without letting the structure collapse in wind or during an earthquake?
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Providing the best service to our clients requires being conversant in the newest technologies and engineering approaches in every construction material possible. DCI Engineers’ diverse client base and geographic presence means we need a myriad of structural solutions to address a wide variety of types of projects.
When a developer decides to excavate a site at or near the property lines, he or she might need a soil shoring solution in order to support the excavation and protect the adjacent properties. To determine the best solution, the developer usually huddles with key project members such as the general contractor, architect, structural engineer, geotechnical engineer, local jurisdictions, etc. The team will bring up all the shoring options based on the developer’s budget, the site’s adjacent property, and building situation.
The Bullitt Center was a game-changer. While none of the individual green technologies contained in the 55,000-sf, six-story office building are unique, no one had ever used them so comprehensively to create a truly self-sufficient structure. And building the “greenest commercial building in the world” wouldn’t have been possible without the innovative structural design solutions of DCI Engineers.
You’d think an engineer who spends his days thinking in terms of thousands of pounds, dozens of stories and millions of dollars would find the prospect of designing the structural support for a set of dinosaur bones a bit blasé. But small doesn’t always mean simple; engineering for exhibit work offers a unique set of challenges that sometimes require unconventional design solutions.
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