Structural Engineering

The sole purpose of employing Structural Engineering is to insure that the loads being exerted on the Pool’s Gunite / Shotcrete Shell can withstand the site’s conditional forces.

Different soil textures, proximity to building foundations, toe and heal hillsides locations, subsoil strata composition, seismic zone proximity, hydro-static water conditions and a host of other site specific conditions may exist.

A essential component to swimming pool design can involve reviewing the results of Geotechnical findings (test borings, soil sampling, etc.), which in turn will direct the prescribed remedy for directing the Structural Engineering applications.

Geotechnical Engineering…

A swimming pool’s structural intent must collaborate with the approach and application of principled geotechnical science, in order to provide the anticipatable level of reinforced structural integrity.

Two Approaches to Swimming Pool Structural Engineering…

A common approach is to employ a “Standard Boiler Plate Steel Schedule” in providing the directions for the swimming pool’s steel reinforcement spacing, sizing, gunite wall thickness, etc..

Boiler Plate Engineering

Boiler Plate LONGITUDINAL SECTION Swimming Pool Engineering

In a Boiler Plate approach,…hypothetical calculations are inferred to rather than assigned to explicit site specific conditions. Therefore, certain unknowns may not be addressed as part of this approach.

Overall, this approach may be adequate in providing structural integrity but, absent the Engineer of Record’s (EOR) site specific on-site verification that these standards have been authenticated as being applicable to your project, you lose the benefit of those second set of eyes!

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Hillsides and other unique building locations can pose problematic conditions that need to be addressed. The Structural Engineer is in charge of providing directions for a principled approach for the conditional pool shell’s sustainable stability.

Site Specific Structural Engineering

The structural prescriptions for a swimming pool are an evaluation for the conditions that exist and by performing calculations that can assumed a conditional awareness for such stresses and loads that may exert pressures on the pool’s shell a remedy can be substantiated under such conditions.

In such cases, in-field observations during the construction process are a mandated prerequisite by building officials, as the (Engineer of Record (EOR) must provide a visual verification that the prescribed steel reinforcement placement’s have been placed appropriately prior to gunite applications.

In-field observations during the construction process even when utilizing a Boiler Plate Steel Reinforcement Schedule” may also be well advised, as the assumptions being made can turn out to be inadequate.

A More Responsible Approach….

Additionally, this level of over-viewing provides you with the added “no wiggle room” insurance, that is the intention of securing the services of Structural Engineering, in the first place!

In disconnecting the EOR from the in-field observation obligation of inspecting the erected steel reinforcement’s placements, it opens a gap for where the responsibility of the structural integrity rest.

Improper placements can result in structural failure. Also,…evolving site conditions that were previously unknown may change the prescription for steel reinforcements placements and sizing.

In failing to notify the Structural Engineer and involve his or her remedied diagnoses, it can nullified the Engineer’s responsibility.

The other approach to obtaining Structural Engineering services is to connect the Structural Engineer to the responsibility of his or her duties.

Making provisions for the Engineer to review the plans as part of the planning process and having “In-Field Observations” performed during the construction process can be a crucial component to providing you with the assurances that come from those qualified second set of eyes!

Structural Breach

In the placement of steel reinforcements you have one chance to get it right, and structural breach is a costly and very inconvenient price to pay for something so easily avoided.

Structural Engineering…

Any new swimming pool and or new spa being constructed of steel reinforced concrete, will need to be constructed in accordance with a steel schedule and Construction Details.

Engineering Construction Details…

This information must be accompanied by calculations and wet stamped authentication by that Engineer, stating that he / she is currently licensed in the State of the work being performed and that that supportive requirements will meet of exceed the site specific and or the local building departments requirements

Please complete the form below in order to begin our Level-1 design process. Additionally, we will need you to email us a pdf.file copy of your property’s Plot Plan.

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