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Why You Should Inspect Your Roof

Facilities often go year after year without having a comprehensive roof inspection. Managers trust that the roof is sound and even at times ignore obvious issues. Symptoms such as cracking, pooling water, and accumulating debris can indicate a significant problem. A proper inspection of the roof surface can head off a more expensive repair or…

Vehicle Barrier System Testing Saves Owners Money

Project Background A client recently purchased an office building and while completing their due diligence, decided that the attached parking structure needed restoration work. The client hired Innovative Engineering Inc. for restoration engineering and to determine if the structure met code requirements. At first glance, the vehicle guardrail system, composed of steel pipe embedded into…

SPRAT Certification and What it Means in the Industry

IEI Rope Access Forensics Team (RAFT)recently completed a weeklong SPRAT (Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians) training course which led to the successful completion of the performance evaluation. This training was for both those new to rope access, as well as veterans. What is Industrial Rope Access? Industrial Rope Access has been used in the…

Façade Inspection & Liability

Why Should I Care About Façade Inspection? The recent street closures in downtown Atlanta during tropical depression Irma remind us of the importance of routine façade inspection. Hurricane Irma was downgraded to a tropical storm over northern Florida and to a tropical depression south of Columbus, Georgia. While both hurricanes and tropical storms typically spawn…