Timber Retaining Walls

At Cornell Engineers we don’t subscribe the idea of using timber in direct contact with the dirt because of durability issues (early breakdown of timber that is constantly moist).

Because of this risk we tend not to design and certify timber retaining walls. We much prefer concrete masonry walls for structural retaining walls. 

However if you really would prefer to use timber in a retaining wall then there’s a manual published by Timber Queensland that you should have a look at.  Continue reading Timber Retaining Walls

SpaceGass Training Videos

I found this series of SpaceGass training videos on YouTube and thought they were worth sharing. They’re getting a bit old now (2010) but that’s the version we use at Cornell Engineers – and I suspect this version is still in use in quite a few small structural engineering consultancies.

SpaceGass is an awesome 3d structural engineering analysis program. Buy it at the SpaceGass website. Continue reading SpaceGass Training Videos

Guidelines for Diagnosing Heave, Subsidence and Settlement

We spend a lot of time working around Brisbane diagnosing  slab heave, settlement and subsidence. They’re not all the same thing and sometimes working out which way a building is moving can be confusing.

We’re always trying to improve our knowledge so that we can help you better but last week I cam across a document that could help improve YOUR knowledge, especially if you are a structural engineer involved in this sort of work.

It’s all about diagnosing heave, subsidence and settlement and it has some handy definitions and guidelines.

It’s written using American terminology and standards. Notwithstanding it is an excellent reference guide.

Read Guidelines for Diagnosing Heave, Subsidence and Settlement

Have a good week.
Matt Cornell
Cornell Engineers


Open Plan Living

Open plan living isn’t just the latest fad, it’s an important design feature you should consider when building your new home.

Remove Internal Walls

Having no internal walls helps make the space in your home seem bigger. You can achieve an open plan by building an extension with minimal walls or by removing some existing walls in your house.

Space and natural light are key factors that a house more enjoyable. We design and build house extensions that use the rules of open plan living to make your home more desirable.