Home Renovation Project Updates

House Extension at Holland Park

Today we put the finishing touches on the structural engineering for this beautiful house extension project in Holland Park.  One of our graduate engineer’s did the engineering design. We’re can’t wait to see the finished product!

Building Designer: Neo Building Design

Structural Engineer: Cornell Engineers Brisbane

Tips & Tricks

House Crack Monitoring Kit

We’ve developed a house crack monitoring kit. It’s easy to use and will help you keep track of the cracks in your house.

Download our House Crack Monitoring Kit

Use this kit to record the length and width of cracks in your house.

  • Print the pdf on to A4 paper with no scaling
  • Tear off or cut out individual measuring strips
  • Fill in the room name and crack location
  • Stick measuring strip to wall/ceiling along the crack or across the crack using double-sided tape
  • Mark length of crack onto measuring strip
  • Take a photo of crack and measuring strip
  • Keep the photos to show to your Cornell Engineers engineer.

Find out more about house crack monitoring. 

Our Friends & Associates

SpaceGass Training Videos and Tutorials

I found this series of SpaceGass training videos on YouTube and thought they were worth sharing.

The videos are getting a bit old now (2010) but that’s the version we use at Cornell Engineers – and I suspect this version is still in use in quite a few small structural engineering consultancies.

SpaceGass is an awesome 3d structural engineering analysis program. Buy it at the SpaceGass website.

Tips & Tricks

Guidelines for Diagnosing Heave, Subsidence and Settlement

We spend a lot of time working around Brisbane diagnosing slab heave, settlement and subsidence. They’re not all the same thing and sometimes working out which way a building is moving can be confusing.

We’re always trying to improve our knowledge so that we can help you better but last week I came across a document that could help improve YOUR knowledge, especially if you are a structural engineer involved in this sort of work.

It’s all about diagnosing heave, subsidence and settlement and it has some handy definitions and guidelines.

It’s written using American terminology and standards. Notwithstanding it is an excellent reference guide.

Read Guidelines for Diagnosing Heave, Subsidence and Settlement

Have a good week.
Matt Cornell
Cornell Engineers

Tips & Tricks

Accessible Street Awnings

Did you know that street awnings that are accessible from adjacent windows have to be designed for people loads?

It makes sense, doesn’t it?

If a street awning can be accessed from adjacent windows, roofs or balconies, then the street awning roof cladding and the structure has to be designed in case people gather on the roof to watch a passing parade or civic function.

So if you have an accessible street awning and it needs to be repaired or re-clad, take the opportunity to engage a structural engineer to assess the strength of the structure.

Street awnings have to be designed for people loads
Street Awning Roof Sheeting and Braces

In this example, when this street awning roof sheeting was replaced, Cornell Engineers was engaged to check the roof structure including bracing rods, roof sheeting, purlins and steel roof beams.

Some of the purlins were rotten, but the steel awning beams and tie rods were still in good condition but this isn’t always the case.

Street awnings should be checked by a structural engineer
Structure inside this street awning

Whether you’re a building owner or a roof plumber engaged to upgrade an accessible  street awning, get a structural engineer to check the street awning before or during the repair work and help keep our communities safe.