Welcome to SES’s Blog

Our blog contains articles encompassing questions and topics that relate to our customers. Please feel free to browse through them and also sign up for our e-mail list. We are always contributing new articles on issues experienced by our customers, which we discuss and provide suggestions to.

Welcome to SES’s Blog

Our blog contains articles encompassing questions and topics that relate to our customers. Please feel free to browse through them and also sign up for our e-mail list. We are always contributing new articles on issues experienced by our customers, which we discuss and provide suggestions to.

Why BIM is Important in Construction

Why BIM is Important in Construction

BIM stands for Building Information Modeling. This is a way of collaborating on a building project through the generation and sharing of information. In a previous post, we discussed what BIM is and now we'll highlight why it is important. BIM is strongly associated...

Cavity Wall Insulation Inspection

Cavity Wall Insulation Inspection

If your home was built after the 1920s, chances are it’s got cavity walls. Additionally, if it wasn’t built in the last 20 years, then those cavities are empty. By filling these gaps, also known as cavities, could be a cost-effective way to retain heat in your home...

How Does BIM Save Money?

How Does BIM Save Money?

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a form of systems thinking. It is a full system for facilitating interactions between architects, engineers, customers, and construction firms. Anyone that has worked at a construction site or manufacturing process will tell you...

Structural Engineering Consultation Services

Structural Engineering Consultation Services

If you’ve ever seen a building project unfold, then you wonder how they achieve efficient foundations Well, if so, this is where Structural Engineering Consulting Services comes to the rescue. The aim of these consulting services is to benefit the whole of society...

Wall to Wall Home Inspections

Wall to Wall Home Inspections

A home inspection, also known as a building inspection or a property inspection, is a thorough visual assessment of a home or building conducted by a certified professional. A home inspection can occur for many reasons, but it usually occurs prior to the purchase of a...

How to Perform a Roof Inspection

How to Perform a Roof Inspection

In previous posts we have discussed the necessity of roof inspections. In fact, we have delved into the potential dangers of neglecting a roof inspection. Not only do roof inspections serve as damage prevention, but they also save you large costs in repairs longer...

What Does BIM Mean?

What Does BIM Mean?

When buildings are designed, we think of everything as physical sketches and blueprints. With the advancement of technology and 3-D models, BIM, (Building Information Modeling), has become the new norm for designing structures. BIM is a highly collaborative process...

Who Performs Roof Inspections?

Who Performs Roof Inspections?

For any homeowner, your roof is your first line of defense against extreme weather. This can be in the form of a foot of snow that accumulates overnight or high-speed winds that tear through a town. Therefore, maintaining a roof through inspections is crucial to...

Recycled Concrete

Have you ever seen old, broken-down, and unwanted concrete near a building? Perhaps if you are a homeowner, you've seen weathered concrete used somewhere throughout your home. What do you do about that concrete? Do you work around it? Well, that costs money. Do you...

History Of Concrete

When we look around, we see concrete structures everywhere. Most of construction uses concrete in one way or another because of its strength, durability, and flexibility. Concrete is a material that remains strong and maintains its original shape over many years, and...

High Performance Concrete (HPC)

What is it? High-performance concrete (HPC) is concrete that is designed to be more durable and, if necessary, stronger than conventional concrete. This does not mean that this form of concrete is constructed with a better mixture. It actually means that the...

Fly Ash

Fly Ash

What is it? Fly ash is a group of materials that can vary significantly in composition. It is residue left from burning coal, which is collected on an electrostatic precipitator or in a baghouse. It mixes with flue gasses that result when powdered coal is used to...

What is Ferrocement?

What is Ferrocement?

Introduction Ferrocement is a construction material consisting of wire meshes and cement mortar. Since it has low self-weight, does not need many skilled workers, and has little need for framework, ferrocement has vast applications. Ferrocement has also come into...

Durability of Concrete

Durability of Concrete

What is Durability? Durability is defined as the ability for something to last a long time without significant deterioration. Durable materials help the environment by conserving resources, reducing waste and the environmental impacts of repair and replacement. For...

Codes for Concrete

Codes for Concrete

Standards? What are those? When designing structures and planning for the construction of any building, there are many processes involved. This is especially true when it comes to structural design because there must be some form of standardization across the board....

Cellular Concrete

Cellular Concrete

If you have never heard of cellular concrete or if you have basic questions about it, this is an excellent place to begin. If you are still unsure about typical concrete, then you should check out this article. In this article, we will discuss what cellular concrete...

Fiber-reinforced polymer Materials

Fiber-reinforced polymer Materials

Fiber reinforced polymer materials are materials that reinforce structures by adding strength while being a light load. Fiber reinforced polymer materials are complex materials that usually contain strong fibers connected in a matrix. The fibers strengthen materials...

Finite Element Analysis of Concrete

Finite Element Analysis of Concrete

Concrete is an exceptionally durable substance, given that the correct courses of action are followed. However, how do structural engineers predict what concrete might experience throughout its life? In general, we do not consider the real-world forces which concrete...

Fatigue Of Concrete

Fatigue Of Concrete

Concrete fatigue describes the phenomenon were concrete breaks down under repeated weight and stressors. Fatigue is seen when concrete fails under added tension, compression, torsion, bending, or a combination of them all. Fatigue is seen after a long period of time....

Modulus Of Elasticity Testing

Modulus Of Elasticity Testing

Modulus of elasticity of concrete is a measurement that tells how stiff the concrete is. Stiffness typically suggests strength. It’s meant to show the concretes ability to keep its form intact while withstanding different stress and strain. In other words, it’s the...

HT 225 Concrete Test Hammer

HT 225 Concrete Test Hammer

We all know that testing the concrete of our projects is an essential part of construction. Testing old concrete is also important to ensure that our homes foundation remains durable and strong even after many years. Sometimes sending our concrete to a lab is too time...

How to Read a Concrete Test

How to Read a Concrete Test

What is a Concrete Test? When we are constructing a building, we want to make sure the location is suitable to support the structure. We also want to make sure that the quality of the concrete at the bottom of the structure is similar to the top of the structure, and...

Concrete Temperature Testing

Concrete Temperature Testing

How cold can it be before concrete cannot be poured? How about heat? Concrete can endure many different temperature ranges. There are many precautions one can take when pouring concrete in either range of temperatures. However, concrete temperature testing is needed...

Ultrasonic Concrete Testing

Ultrasonic Concrete Testing

Testing concrete is a crucial part during construction of new buildings. It’s also crucial if you suspect that there are malfunctions in the already existing concrete structures. Testing your concrete can prevent any future irreversible damages to concrete structures....

What Is A Concrete Cube Test?

What Is A Concrete Cube Test?

Has there ever been a time when you wandered exactly how a building can withstand so much pressure? How can a skyscraper hold itself up while also withstanding the pressure of furniture and people? I’ve found myself wondering the same thing, and the answer is that the...

When do I need a concrete testing?

When do I need a concrete testing?

When someone decides to prepare a dish, they typically follow a recipe. This recipe guarantees that the right dish is created to perfection; any changes or missed steps can change the result. The same is true in the case of concrete. If you want high-strength...

Concrete Cylinder Compression Test

Concrete Cylinder Compression Test

Have you ever wondered how buildings are able to stand so much weight? The constant added pressure of furniture or individuals walking or jumping? Some buildings even have car garages that can withstand the weight of many cars. How can we ensure that the building can...

How To Make Concrete Molds?

How To Make Concrete Molds?

Concrete can be used to make such a wide variety of things. It is an excellent material because it is easily molded into anything. It can be used to make anything from art to sidewalks and buildings.  Creating concrete structures is not as easy as just pouring...

Why Does Concrete Crack?

Why Does Concrete Crack?

Concrete is one of most durable materials used in building construction. All over the world, residences are being built with different materials, but the most common material seen is concrete. Of course, these residences are being built with high-quality materials but...

Can Water Damage Concrete?

Can Water Damage Concrete?

When you think of concrete you may think of an indestructible material. For the most part, that idea is correct. Concrete is one of the strongest construction materials that exists and with proper care it should be highly durable and strong. However, water is the main...

How to Repair Cracks in Concrete Wall Foundations

How to Repair Cracks in Concrete Wall Foundations

We homeowners have all been there; appreciating the beauty of our costly homes... until you see those ugly cracks! These cracks are especially serious when it comes to your home's foundation. Now, let's clarify what we mean by foundation: usually the concrete walls...

How To Level Concrete Floor:

How To Level Concrete Floor:

Does your floor have a downward slope or random high spots? Does your floor have areas that squeak when weight is put on it? Do your tiles or concrete have cracks? That means its time to level the concrete floor.  One of the main reasons you may want to level...

How are Concrete Structures Designed?

How are Concrete Structures Designed?

If you've walked throughout any major city, you've most certainly seen buildings constructed from concrete. These buildings are constantly being erected all over the world. However, have you ever wondered how these cool buildings are designed? Well, in this article,...

Is Concrete Fire Resistant?

Is Concrete Fire Resistant?

Concrete is one the more desired construction materials for homes not only because it is durable and strong, but also because it is extremely fire resistant. Concrete does not burn. It can usually tolerate up to 4 hours of intense heat before it begins to break down....

How To Make Concrete

How To Make Concrete

Concrete is a material used in construction often that is made up of hard substances known as aggregate. Aggregates are usually rock residue, sand or gravel. These substances are bonded together by the right amount of cement mix and water. Concrete is used for...

Building a Retaining Wall:

Building a Retaining Wall:

Building a retaining wall is not something that you plan to do overnight- it takes advanced planning. Before beginning any type of construction, make sure to contact your local building department and check when a permit is needed for a retaining wall. There are...

How Long Does it Take for Concrete to Dry?

How Long Does it Take for Concrete to Dry?

The simple answer to this question is that after 24 to 48 hours, people should be able to walk on the surface; after 7 days, slightly more pressure coming from a car should be fine; and after 28 days, the concrete should be fully cured, or dry, and ready to tolerate...

Structural Foundation Deficiency

Structural Foundation Deficiency

Have you ever noticed cracks along your walls, doorways, ceilings, or windows? Do you find that over time your windows are distorted, and your doors don't fully close? Well, these might be signs of what we call structural foundation deficiency. Being aware of these...

How to Inspect a Brick Wall

How to Inspect a Brick Wall

Brick is one of the longest wearing home siding options available. Most brick can last up to one hundred years or more, which makes it an attractive choice for most homeowners. However, durability doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have its own potential issues. Most of...

Structural Engineering Design

Structural Engineering Design

Structural engineering deals with the design and structural analysis of buildings, bridges, towers, lighthouses, tunnels, etc. Not only do structural engineers need to be creative, but they also need to ensure a structure is safe and stable for its intended use. This...

What is a Structural Engineer?

What is a Structural Engineer?

Do you wonder how buildings remain intact? Why do the natural stresses from the environment not cause buildings to collapse? How is it possible that a large skyscraper does not collapse under its own weight? Well, structural engineers are responsible for answering...

Why You Should Care About Ceiling Leaks

Why You Should Care About Ceiling Leaks

For many homeowners, purchasing a home is a big investment. However, the costs don't end there. It can seem tempting to neglect small repairs, but they can quickly add up. In fact, one of the most overlooked damages happens to be ceiling leaks. Yes, the slow pitter...

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