SKA Industry Leaders

Project Award Wins and Case Studies

This year, SKA won the “Excellence in Concrete” Award (ACI Carolinas) for structural rehabilitation and concrete restoration associated with the Mitchell Water Treatment Plant Structural Repairs & HVAC Improvement Project. In addition, SKA won Project of the Year Award (ICRI – Carolinas) for Nissan Stadium Upper Deck – Concourse Waterproofing & Concrete Repairs. Recently, SKA was also…

Rising Construction Costs Have You Down?

by: Aaron B. Bopp, P.E., LEED AP BD+C and Carrie McClellan Recent construction costs are significantly higher due to various reasons, including a rise in cost of materials and reduced workforces.  Building projects will have to be scaled way back, rebid with reduced scope and in some severe cases, the projects could be cancelled.  Reduced…

Finite Element Analysis

Finite Element Analysis (FEA) can be an important tool in solving complex structural engineering problems. A three-dimensional computer model is generated of the designed or as-built building components of the structure to be analyzed. FEA software produces a detailed visualization of elements distribution of stresses, bending and displacements. A three-dimensional model of the structure that…

Building Information Modeling (BIM)

BIM is the process of generating and managing building data. Three-dimensional, dynamic building modeling software (Autodesk Revit) is used in the creation of the model encompassing building geometry, spatial relationships, structural components, MEP systems and the other elements of the building. As the design process progresses, the model is updated along the way, ending in…

WUFI

SKA utilizes WUFI® software products to provide calculation of the transient coupled one- and two-dimensional heat and moisture transport in walls and other multi-layer building components exposed to natural weather. WUFI® software uses the latest findings regarding vapor diffusion and moisture transport in building materials.

Infrared Scans

Water can enter the roof system by means of condensation, damage and/or deterioration of the roofing membrane and flashing system.  Moisture-laden roof materials retain more heat from the sun and hold the heat longer than surrounding, drier roof materials.  This heat differential can be detected using an infrared camera.  Large areas can be scanned and…

Thermal and Vapor Transmission Computer Analysis

SKA has the capability to perform thermal and vapor  transmission computer analysis of the building envelope including walls, roofs and window systems.  These programs are essential tools used to understand how the transfer of heat and moisture through materials affects the facility.  These tools and our expertise allow us to design systems that provide long…

Inventory Database Tool

SKA provides clients with the technology tools they need to organize their projects.  In fact, we have provided similar services for clients like Valley Health, a building envelope commissioning project that entailed review and recommendations for 44 facilities. SKA’s project scope at Valley Health was effective in highlighting what issues were present throughout its facility…