We investigate problems in the built environment and provide evidence-based solutions founded on sound engineering principles and judgement. We assist attorneys, property managers, building owners, contractors, manufacturers and design professionals with a wide range of engineering issues.
Types of Structural Condition Assessments Provided:
Texas has large areas with highly expansive clayey soils that shrink and swell when the moisture content of the soil decreases or increases, respectively. The vast majority of residential foundations in Texas are designed as a "floating slab". A floating slab is a foundation that is designed with the knowledge that the foundation will move with the soil akin to a raft floating upon the water. If the soil movement is large or not uniform across the foundation, this shrinking and swelling may cause adverse affects to the structure. In a structural foundation assessment, Dudley Engineering will assess the foundations performance by observing structural and cosmetic distress and will provide opinions of probable causes of distress and risk of further damage. All of our assessment are followed up by an assessment report complete with photo documentation.
Dudley Engineering also utilizes specialty equipment such as the ZipLevel Pro-2000 High Precision Altimeter that can record elevations variation across a foundation or structure with an accuracy of 0.01".
Whether the framing system is comprised of structural steel, reinforced concrete, wood, cold-formed steel or masonry we have seen it all. Failures in the built environment can range from performance failure of discrete systems to catastrophic structural collapse. Minimizing risk and preventing further damage are our priorities when helping our clients move forward after a failure event. Dudley Engineering provides forensic services to determine the cause(s) of failure through a combination of analysis, field assessments, and testing. We can assess structural stability, provide repair solutions, conduct peer reviews, and provide technical consulting for complex projects under construction. Additionally, we often provide expert testimony for legal proceedings or for the insurance claims process relating to failures.