Structural Support - Building Problem Solutions
Structural Design, Analysis & Investigation
We provide structural engineering services to a wide variety of clients, including building owners & buyers, architects, builders, civil  engineers, real estate firms and law firms.
We offer the following basic services:
  • Structural design for residential, commercial & industrial buildings as well as other structures, including bridges
  • Evaluation of building problems, including foundations
  • Certification of structural elements and systems
  • Investigation of design and construction defects
Engineering services (requiring PE seal) currently provided for projects in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland & South Carolina.
However, basic questions from anyone can be answered. A new section ("Questions & Answers") includes brief answers to queries made by visitors.  
New report discussing defective foundation walls in New Jersey is available; see Foundation Wall Design.
See new article about basic terms for steel construction.
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Recent Projects
  • Analysis of roof framing to support solar panels on roof of high school, including long steel roof trusses; Ridgefield Park NJ
  • Develop final design requirements for curtain wall at Port Authority transit station; Harrison NJ
  • Analysis of roof framing to support solar panels on roof of commercial building; Englewood NJ and Wayne NJ
  • Repairs for collapsed foundation wall at retail stores, Pennington NJ
  • Evaluate roof framing of church for solar panels; Jamesburg NJ
  • Evaluate existing steel roof framing of 3-story office building, for installation of solar panels; Millburn NJ
  • Condition survey of reinforced concrete building used for fire training & development of repair requirements; Brick NJ
  • Load testing of 5-story steel fire escape for school building; Asbury Park NJ
  • Structural design for new restaurant building; Jackson NJ
  • Solar panels - Evaluate existing roof framing of industrial building complex; Woodbridge NJ
  • Structural alterations of roof trusses for existing restaurant; Somers Point NJ
  • Bracing cracked block foundation walls; Beachwood NJ
  • Reinforce first floor framing to correct defects due to decay; Rumson NJ
  • Reinforce first floor girder to correct lack of adequate support; Lavallette NJ
  • Design reinforced concrete "horse pool"; Chesterfield NJ
  • Evaluate structural defects for townhouses; Bluffton, SC
Report about valley truss connection design in Sun City Hilton Head, Bluffton SC; Valley Truss Report
Primary focus of this site is currently on basic structural design for new and existing low-scale buildings. Wood-framed design is highlighted, although some discussion applies to other materials such as steel. 
Please contact us to discuss your project requirements. Evaluation of various problems can sometimes be performed based on information provided via email and phone. Answers to relatively easy questions are often provided without charge.
Lighthouse at Sandy Hook, NJ (September 2008).
Built in 1764, this is the oldest operating lighthouse in the US.
photo by John F Mann, PE
For additional information; Sandy Hook Lighthouse
For 2012, site traffic through April 19 is 22,750 visitors and 36,598 page views. For 2011, site traffic was 46,275 visitors and 72,263 page views. Traffic in 2010, first full year of operation, was 15,149visitors and 23,001 page views.
Visitors have arrived from every corner of the US. Numerous visitors have dropped by from Canada and a wide variety of other countries, including Australia, UK, India, Italy, Ireland, Russia, China, France, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, South Africa, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Israel, Papua New Guinea, Haiti and even Nepal.
Most popular pages have been "Structural Ridge Beam", "Beam Design - Basic" and "Solar Panels On Sloped Roof". 
Photos below, showing construction of a segmental concrete bridge in New Jersey, are for general interest. Design was performed by others. The bridge is now completed and open for traffic in both directions.
First half of new segmental concrete bridge over inlet to Shrewsbury River from Sandy Hook Bay, between Highlands and Sea Bright, New Jersey.
View is from top of hill below north tower of Twin Lights in Highlands.
The northbound bridge has now been completed, alongside the southbound bridge.  
For history of Twin Lights; Twin Lights Highlands NJ
Looking north towards bridge under construction; August 2009.
Lower span is the former drawbridge which has since been removed.
Photos by John F Mann, PE
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