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Silo Inspections

Silo Inspections

Silo Inspections are structural inspection of large, static, and unmoving complex and dynamic structural system. Flexing and bending under various loads in ways unapparent to the naked eye. Silos structural inspections are serious structural inspections.

EMA is committed to silo engineering and silo structural inspections. Our structural engineer team includes registered engineers with decades of experience, as well as members of the American Concrete Institute 313 Committee that writes the code for silo design. This diverse expertise allows us to design silos that are  practical and economical to construct, and that are configured to withstand years of filling and reclaim and deliver durable structural performance.

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In addition to having design capability of silos and complex hopper systems, EMA can inspect and assessed silos of all types and sizes in locations around the world. Large repairs and replacement costs are often operationally problematic and difficult to justify. Our structural engineers focuses on realistic, practical recommendations that balance the need for rigorous assessment with the need for continued operations. We work with owners to determine the appropriate levels of investigation for each unique facility. And we conduct silo  inspections with an eye to minimizing impact to your process.

Structural Silo Inspections Engineer’s Duties

Because we have expertise at both design and inspections for cement and chemical plans and storage tanks for various industries, consisting of structural condition and assessment, we offer unique advantages in both disciplines. Our inspection experience has taught us what works well in silo design, and which practices may lead to deterioration and failure. And our design expertise means we know what to look for beyond the surface, so we can focus our inspections on root causes and design repairs that address the source of deterioration. Regardless of the commodity handled, whether you are an owner, operator, or constructor, our experience with over hundreds of projects can help you economically construct and maintain silos that will perform reliably in the long term.

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Regular silo inspections, on annual, two- or five-year intervals, can help identify issues that increase the risk of structure collapse. Based on inspection results, preventative maintenance can be performed to avoid larger more expensive repairs later. The cost of preventive maintenance and repair is minimal when compared to the financial and physical toll that a full collapse can have on your company and team.

A proactive safety program should always include annual or semi-annual silo inspections to check for concealed damage and to assess visible problems that could lead to structural failure.

Silo Inspections Can Prevent Collapse

Collapses are often the result of preventable structural failures that would have been identified during routine inspection. Common issues that cause concrete structure and concrete silo failure include foundation deterioration, roof collapse due to roof beam structural issues, improper material filling and unloading procedures in silos, silo wall delamination or deterioration, silo discharge cone or bin floor issues. Steel silos suffer from corrosion, which can be inspected using wear-measure thickness ultrasonic gauges.

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Truss Repairs

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Truss Repairs

Roof truss repairs are engineered components design and repair details after a truss failure. When damaged or altered this can affect structural integrity of the roof system. Localized damage to one or two trusses will typically not result in structural failure of the roof system, but could cause the roof or ceiling to sag. In residential construction this can also be a problem when selling a house because home inspectors often find damaged or roof trusses.

Because trusses are engineered components, typical building codes specify that repairs or alterations must be designed by a registered design professional. In most cases that would be a Licensed Professional Engineer with experience in roof truss damage repairs and details of designing repairs or alterations to trusses.

Typical wood roof trusses consist of members-called chords and webs, that are connected together with metal plates. Relatively small metal teeth protrude from the plates and the plates are pressed into the wood members using thousands of pounds of force for each joint. It is tempting to look at these plates and assume that a few nails would do the same job, but that is not the case. It takes many nails to equal the capacity of a typical connector plate. When using nails to joint truss members it is also necessary to use lumber, plywood, or Oriented Strand Board (OSB) to join the members. Sometimes structural screws are also used for truss repairs. For typical roof trusses used in light frame construction bolts are usually not used because of spacing requirements. Even when nails or structural screws are used spacing must be considered and the fasteners used at the repaired joint or member  extend much further from the joint or crack than a metal connector plate.

Truss Repairs Experience.

We have designed many roof truss damage repairs. We also have the capability to perform truss repairs. Sometimes it is more cost effective or expedient for BCI to design, perform, and certify the repairs instead of designing the repairs, producing the necessary documentation to provide to a contractor, and then inspect the repairs. It is not uncommon for contractors to overlook necessary requirements. It is also sometimes difficult to correct improperly performed Truss Damage Repairs

Roof trusses are engineered components. When damaged or altered   this can effect structural integrity of the roof system. Localized damage to one or two trusses will typically not result in structural failure of the roof system, but could cause the roof or ceiling to sag. In residential construction this can also be a problem when selling a house because home inspectors often find damaged or roof trusses.

Because trusses are engineered components, typical building codes specify that repairs or alterations must be designed by a registered design professional. In most cases that would be a Licensed Professional Engineer with experience in designing repairs or alterations to trusses.

Wood Truss Repairs Florida & Taxes.

Typical wood roof trusses consists of numbers members-called chords and webs-that are connected together with metal plates. Relatively small metal teeth protrude from the plates and the plates are pressed into the wood members using thousands of pounds of force for each joint. It is tempting to look at these plates and assume that a few nails would do the same job, but that is not the case. It takes many nails to equal the capacity of a typical connector plate. When using nails to joint truss members it is also necessary to use lumber, plywood, or Oriented Strand Board (OSB) to join the members. Sometimes structural screws are also used for truss repairs. For typical roof trusses used in light frame construction bolts are usually not used because of spacing requirements. Even when nails or structural screws are used spacing must be considered and the fasteners used at the repaired joint or member  extend much further from the joint or crack than a metal connector plate.

We have designed repairs for many roof trusses. We also have the capability to perform truss repairs. Sometimes it is more cost effective or expedient for BCI to design, perform, and certify the repairs instead of designing the repairs, producing the necessary documentation to provide to a contractor, and then inspect the repairs. It is not uncommon for contractors to overlook necessary requirements. It is also sometimes difficult to correct improperly performed repairs.

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