It’s Time for SAME and NVSBE!

It’s Time for SAME and NVSBE!

Stop by Booth 938 to talk to Kevin Opp and Mike O’Neill about engineering, testing, and inspection services! Did you know that Encorus Group’s fully-equipped testing lab is accredited by AASHTO and the US Army Corps of Engineers?

2018 Golden Ladle Awarded

2018 Golden Ladle Awarded

Here at Encorus, we enjoy our lunches and a little friendly competition too. Our 6th Annual Encorus Soup & Chili Cookoff was held last week. Out of six recipes presented for judging, drafter Doug Acquard’s “Smoky Sweet Chili” took the Golden Ladle at the Springville office, with Mike O’Neil holding on to his title at the Buffalo office. Yes, there really is a Golden Ladle!

Fun Fact Friday: Floor Flatness / Levelness Testing

Fun Fact Friday: Floor Flatness / Levelness Testing

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Floor Flatness / Levelness Testing

One service that Encorus’s Civil Testing Group provides is the measurement of floor flatness and levelness. Floor flatness, known as FF, measures the bumpiness of the floor surface. Floor levelness, FL, measures the slope of the floor surface. Often times, variations to floor flatness and levelness cannot be detected with a visual observation alone, so professionals use a floor flatness / levelness testing method to measure those variations.

The testing process begins with marking straight lines on the floor surface in various locations. Along each line, point elevations are recorded at one foot intervals. The differences between each contiguous elevation point are calculated, and then a straight line approximation is created. This approximation is analyzed and compared with visual observations of the floor.

Calculations are made for the difference between all contiguous elevation difference measurements for the one foot intervals, and the differences between points separated by 10 feet. The resulting value is a flatness and levelness profile for the floor surface. This profile can then be used to determine whether or not the surface complies with flatness and levelness tolerance specified in the construction documents, detect potential effects that different construction techniques would have on the floor surface profile, and to identify any faults in the floor surface, such as curling and deflection.

Based on the floor profile calculations, floor surfaces are defined as follows:
• FF25 / FL20 – moderately flat
• FF35 / FL25 – flat
• FF45 / FL35 – very flat
• FF60 / FL40 – super flat

Spaces with specific uses and regular use of more advanced technology require a flatter and more level floor. For example, general office space might require a moderately flat floor, while an ice rink requires a very flat floor. Movie and television studios, because of the specialized equipment which must traverse the floor surface smoothly, require a super flat rating.

If you require floor flatness / levelness testing services, contact Jeremy Lake at (716) 592-3980 x133 or jlake@encorus.com.

Encorus is on the road again!

Encorus is on the road again!

We’ll see you in New Orleans at the SAME Federal Small Business Conference and National Veterans Business Engagement!

Fun Fact Friday: Geophysical Surveying

Fun Fact Friday: Geophysical Surveying

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Geophysical Surveying

The Fun Fact Friday post for this week will take a look at Geophysical Surveying. Geophysical Surveying falls under the category of non-destructive examination, meaning that subsurface investigations can be made without penetrating the ground or damaging the surface in any way. The main purpose of performing a Geophysical Survey is to determine what kind of unknown objects may lie underground. Some methods of conducting Geophysical Surveys include using Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), Magnometers, and Electromagnetic Conductivity and Resistance Meters.

Geophysical Surveying is commonly used for locating underground storage tanks and utilities, delineation of rock layers, and soil resistivity and conductivity testing. The non-destructive nature of Geophysical Surveying eliminates the risk of damaging utility lines or other objects during the excavation phase of the client’s project.

Encorus Group recently performed Geophysical Surveying at the West Valley Demonstration Project to find buried lines and other objects before the installation of a new gas line on site. The Encorus staff utilized a GPR unit, a Magnetic Flux meter, which was used to detect metal objects, and a Radio Utility Locator, which uses sound waves to locate objects under the ground. Based on the results from the survey, the client was able to determine the best route and area to drill for the installation of the new gas line.

If you or your company requires Geophysical Surveying services, contact Senior Geologist / Environmental Professional Andrew Kucserik at (716) 592-3890 x149 or at akucserik@encorus.com.