Special Projects

Special Project 1

BE-CI has been involved in a number of projects in the Caribbean from St. John’s island to Aruba, providing independent engineering design services and assisting a stateside architect on major building restoration projects as a moisture consultant. In one such project in Aruba, we provided the design and managed the construction of a permanent staging access system for deferred maintenance and damage repairs. The balconies were an important part of the aesthetic appeal but became an obstacle when workers needed to access the wall areas for maintenance and repairs. We provided an engineered system that’s hidden away in the attic space until used and that doesn’t interfere with guest’s use of their balconies.

In another case, we were asked to investigate the premature failure of metal roof panels due to corrosion.  We observed that the base metal of these panels was severely corroded. BE-CI discovered trade winds were responsible for the premature failure of the metal roof system.

 

 

 

Special Project 2

 

BE-CI engineers observed irregular vertical lines appearing on the infrared scans at multiple floor levels. BE-CI performed a detailed review of the structural drawings, followed by drilling into the block walls for confirmation, before publishing a complete wall scan report that indicated a significant amount of vertical structural reinforcement was missing or misplaced throughout the building.

 

 

 

BE-CI determined that when infrared thermography is utilized in field inspections, it is an extremely useful tool in identifying otherwise hidden problems. Wall displacement and cracking will likely result when structural grouting is omitted or misaligned.

 

 

Infrared surveying, when used during a roof analysis, can identify isolated areas of damage or accumulated hidden moisture below the membrane. Results from this type of survey translate into a design for specific repairs and prevent unnecessary demolition or even total roof replacement.