TECH NOTES | We Didn’t See That One Coming #2

May 27, 2015 - Picture this scenario: The local high school football team is practicing; a summer thunderstorm blows up overhead producing strong winds; the team heads for cover as quickly as possible. Within minutes of the team making it into one of the adjacent building, a stadium light pole crashes down on the building, punching a hole through the roof and…

TECH TALKS | Special Inspections: Greensboro, NC

TECH TALKS | Special Inspections: Greensboro, NC

March 28, 2015 - TECH TALKS | Special Inspections: Learn directly from SKA engineers about the special inspection process and best practices.

TECH NOTES | Lessons Learned – Parking Deck

May 27, 2015 - This month we are continuing the ‘saga of the parking deck’ with focus on essential design factors for these unique buildings.

Finite Element Analysis

June 22, 2015 - 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)

June 22, 2015 - 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…


June 22, 2015 - 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

June 22, 2015 - 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

June 22, 2015 - 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…