One objective of structural engineering is to protect against the catastrophic damage an earthquake can cause. While most earthquakes are small and cause little or no damage, they also can be catastrophic, leading to loss of life and billions of... (Read More)
It’s an exciting time to be in civil engineering. Advances in electronic technologies, material sciences and other fields have dramatically changed what we build with and how we practice civil engineering.
Here are five developing trends that... (Read More)
When it comes to questions about roofing projects, McNeil Engineering’s top roofing consultant is Carl Greene, the Consulting Manager for Roofing & Paving. Carl has worked for more than 15 years as a paving and roofing consultant for McNeil... (Read More)
As a tool, laser scanning is finding more and more applications in a wide range of industries, from manufacturing to high tech and even in agriculture. We at McNeil Engineering are leaders in the application of laser scanning to surveying, 3D... (Read More)
There’s a lot of talk about smart building design and smart building technology. It promises benefits for owners and occupants, energy savings and more. It also poses an interesting set of challenges for the structural engineering team. Smart... (Read More)
The smart building, intelligent architecture, the Internet of Things — these buzzwords are common in the architecture, design, civil engineering and construction industries today. But they’re more than impressive words to throw around at... (Read More)
Structural engineering projects are complex, with stringent requirements for quality and safety for the people who will be using the structures. That’s why a contract for a project requiring structural engineering services has to be not only... (Read More)
How many times have we all heard somebody say “zero-scape”? Sounds interesting…except it’s “xeriscape”, not “zero” scape—which would mean “no” landscaping.
Xeriscape, which was coined by Nancy Leavitt in the 1980’s, is a... (Read More)
Structural engineering can help solve a problem that’s getting a lot of attention today: waste. Plastic in the waterways, the “trash island” in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, landfills getting full — society in general is becoming more... (Read More)