Buildera Releases New App Note AN-16005 Structural Crack Monitoring

Read the new online Buildera Application Note AN-16005 Structural Crack Monitoring, authored by civil engineers Matteo Pietrobelli and Andrea Timpani of Progetto PSC, Italy. Matteo and Andrea have extensive structural-inspection experience, including training fellow engineers and technicians on non-destructive testing methods (NDT). This App Note explores:

  • Why structural monitoring matters
  • Causes of structural cracks
  • Static vs. dynamic crack progressions
  • Tools of the trade to inspect and monitor cracks over time, including handheld inspection microscopes and building-foundation crack monitors

Preparing for the Big One

Insufficient shear walls caused catastrophic structural damage to this soft-story San Francisco residential complex during the 1989 Loma Prieta quake. Photo credit: USGS/J.K. Nakata.

Insufficient shear walls caused catastrophic structural damage to this soft-story San Francisco residential complex during the 1989 Loma Prieta quake. Photo credit: USGS/J.K. Nakata.

Hot off the press! Buildera founder and CEO Greg Lowitz discusses historical and future threats from earthquakes in this new Huffington Post article. Learn how emerging early-warning technology from Zizmos and Buildera crack monitoring can help save lives.

Onset HOBO® MX1101 Bluetooth® Temperature and Humidity Logger Enables Mold-Risk Prediction and Prevention

Download the new Buildera Application Note AN-15004 and discover how a HOBO® MX1101 Bluetooth logger helped to predict and prevent mold in a water-damaged structure. After a roof leak permeated a fifth-floor residence in a new apartment complex, a wireless data logger tracked ambient moisture over a two-month period. This application note explores the merits of relative humidity and humidity ratio as key predictors of mold risk and how continuous monitoring helped the tenants and property owner avert a serious mold problem.


Case Study: ZDX Industries Taps Buildera CRACKMON® for Medical-Tower Seismic Retrofit

This new case study discusses how ZDX Industries—a Santa Monica, California engineering firm—deployed Buildera CRACKMON® crack monitors as part of a multi-year seismic retrofit on the Roxsan medical tower in Beverly Hills. Multiple crack monitors tracked key beams to prioritize repairs. Epoxy injection and Carbon-fiber reinforced polymer beams provide supplemental strength to improve seismic resistance to this building in the earthquake-prone Los Angeles basin.

Cold-Shower Mystery Solved—Buildera Application Note AN-14001

In this new 8-page technical Application Note AN-14001, learn how Buildera deployed multi-channel temperature loggers to solve a puzzling cold-shower complaint, saving the homeowner $1,200 in unnecessary repairs. Discover why gas water-heater thermostats are poor controllers of water temperature and how to strike the right balance between energy efficiency, ample hot water, scald prevention, and bacteria growth. AN-14001 outlines best practices and helpful tips for analyzing domestic hot-water complaints.

New Case Study: TAMCO Thailand Deploys Buildera CRACKMON® at Shell Company Thailand

TAMCO General Manager, Dr. Tusanee Tondee, Ph.D., reveals how her structural consulting firm deployed Buildera CRACKMON® 2D Crack Monitors to assess structural settlement and shear cracks of a Shell Company Thailand building. Read the case study now for best practices in crack monitoring.

Foundation cracks at a Shell Company Thailand facility

Foundation cracks at a Shell Company Thailand facility

TAMCO deploys multiple Buildera CRACKMON® 2D Crack Monitors to track foundation settlement over six months

TAMCO deploys multiple Buildera CRACKMON® 2D Crack Monitors to track foundation settlement over six months

Buildera Publishes New White Paper on Seismic Crack Monitoring

EARTHQUAKE! How Crack Monitors Save Lives and Structures in Seismic Zones

Crack monitor detects changes in crack displacement of plaster wall. Photo © Paul Sullivan.

Crack monitor detects changes in crack displacement of plaster wall. Photo © Paul Sullivan.

In this comprehensive two-part white paper, Buildera founder, Greg Lowitz, discusses seismic risks and essential tips for deploying crack monitors to improve building and occupant safety. Starting with a global perspective and subsequent emphasis on North America, Part I examines recent damaging earthquakes and associated risks to people and structures. Part II follows with extensive discussion of crack monitoring techniques and the economic basis for proactive monitoring prior to and after earthquakes. If you own or manage property in a seismic hazard zone, this white paper is essential reading.

Trend chart tracks changes in crack-width over time, aiding structural forensics. Chart data is for illustration only. ©2014 Buildera.

Trend chart tracks changes in crack-width over time, aiding structural forensics. Chart data is for illustration only. ©2014 Buildera.

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Buildera CrackMON® crack monitors add critical structural insight to a cracking crawl space. Photo ©2014 Nolan Pray. Reprinted with permission.

Buildera CrackMON® crack monitors add critical structural insight to a cracking crawl space. Photo ©2014 Nolan Pray. Reprinted with permission.

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Residential Foundation Settlement Cracks - Nolan Pray, Engineer

North Carolina I-295 Culvert Cracks - Michael Harper, Inspector

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