Oroville Dam interim report highlights the importance of codes and standards

When the Oroville Dam failed earlier this year, it prompted a review of numerous major infrastructure projects throughout California. The news is not good, as it is clear that many billions of dollars of tax-funded projects were designed and constructed to withstand significant seismic events. That's because we've learned that our previous codes and standards … Continue reading Oroville Dam interim report highlights the importance of codes and standards

New app puts building codes and regulations in the palm of your hand

Once again, TechCrunch (a publication dedicated to covering startup companies in the world of technology) has the scoop on an app for the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. And from what I can tell, this app really is a major game changer. Here's more: For architects, complying with building codes means navigating labyrinthine layers … Continue reading New app puts building codes and regulations in the palm of your hand

Should Drones have license plates? The industry’s leading manufacturer thinks so

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are more commonly referred to as drones. And in the world of drones, the undisputed leader of the industry is DJI. As a largely unregulated industry, operating in a realm that is carefully regulated (in the US, the FAA is in charge here), manufacturers like DJI are anxious to establish industry … Continue reading Should Drones have license plates? The industry’s leading manufacturer thinks so

Tenants and Boulder city officials alike anxiously awaiting forensic engineering report 7 weeks after partial collapse

On December 8, 2016, an office building in Boulder housing two local high-tech firms had to be evacuated after the partial collapse of the second floor due to a beam whose structural integrity had been negatively impacted. Nearly 280 people were temporarily relocated until repairs could be made. But before repairs can be made, someone … Continue reading Tenants and Boulder city officials alike anxiously awaiting forensic engineering report 7 weeks after partial collapse

Mainstream adoption of green building standards by building code officials

Sean Lintow, Sr. of SLS Construction & Building Solutions has an awesome guest post on the future of building codes and green building standards up at Christopher Hill's always excellent Construction Law Musings. In his article, Sean highlights a few of the leading standards for residential construction: While many programs have sprung up from this, … Continue reading Mainstream adoption of green building standards by building code officials