By Jeffrey A. Groves, P.E., EDT Forensic Engineering & Consulting You may be familiar with the consequences of applying too much air pressure to an item such as a balloon or a tire. Most people intuitively understand that there is only so much air that can be added to your car tires before they burst. … Read more
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By Kerry Sapet, SDC CPAs, LLC In 1989, during the World Health Organization’s AIDS conference, the world’s first ransomware virus was released. Ransomware is a piece of malicious software designed to infect a computer and prevent the user from accessing their files until a set of demands has been met. This first ransomware virus, now … Read more
The disasters of 2020 will likely live in infamy for decades to come. There were 22 disaster events last year that caused, at a minimum $1 billion in damage. The total count for those 22 disasters? $95 billion and 261 people dead. If that cost and death toll seems low, it’s because it is. The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are still being counted. While many industries suffered throughout 2020, healthcare has shouldered a continuous burden.
When investigating an industrial incident, one piece of information I always ask for is the relevant P&ID’s for the process. P&ID stands for Piping and Instrumentation Diagram and is defined as “A schematic diagram of the relationship between instruments, controllers, piping, and system equipment.” The information from the P&ID’s covering the vessel or vessels involved in an incident can be very useful.
Wood truss failures can vary and identifying the cause requires visual inspection as well as a working knowledge of the structural loads and building codes. These truss systems must transfer the gravity and lateral loads to the foundations.