In the fast-paced world of construction, a well-executed project is a collaborative effort that involves a range of experts, including engineers, architects, and building officials. When it comes to specialized structures like retaining walls, adherence to building codes and standards becomes crucial. Oasis Engineering recently led the way in providing engineering certification for a Retaining Wall Project in Grand Prairie, Texas, ensuring that the work was in full compliance with the International Residential Code (IRC) 2021.
While retaining walls may seem like straightforward structures, they require meticulous planning and expertise to ensure they can withstand environmental forces. This becomes even more challenging when you need to meet inspection requirements set forth by the city. Our primary task was to inspect and ensure the retaining wall that not only met all the engineering standards but also passed the city’s stringent inspection criteria.
How We Solved It
To ensure that the wall was built to the highest standards, we conducted a thorough in-progress foundation inspection. The main components we focused on were the foundations, as described in [Chapter 4] of the International Residential Code (IRC) 2021. Our inspection process included the following steps:
- Reviewing Approved Plans: Before setting foot on the construction site, we thoroughly reviewed the approved plans to familiarize ourselves with the specifics.
- On-Site Inspection: We carefully examined the foundation footing to ensure that it matched the approved plans and met all code requirements.
- Photographic Documentation: To provide a detailed account of our findings, we took multiple photographs during our inspection.
- Engineering Certification: After our thorough investigation, we were confident that the retaining wall foundation met all the applicable engineering standards, approved plans, and codes. We issued an engineer letter, which was submitted to the city’s building department.
Our in-depth engineering investigation ensured that the retaining wall project was in full compliance with all building codes and approved plans. We submitted our findings to the city building officials, recommending their approval for the next phase of the project. Our work has set a precedent for the quality and diligence needed in the engineering field, particularly in retaining wall projects.
In the intricate world of construction, maintaining a high standard of quality and adhering to building codes are non-negotiable aspects. Our involvement in the Grand Prairie Retaining Wall Project underscores the value of thorough inspections and engineering expertise. When you partner with Oasis Engineering, you’re choosing a team that prioritizes safety, quality, and code compliance above all else.
For more details or to discuss your engineering needs, please contact us at Oasis Engineering. We are committed to providing top-notch engineering solutions that meet and exceed expectations.
A Note on North Central Texas Council of Governments (NTCOG) Building Code Amendments to the International Residential Code (IRC)
Navigating the complexities of construction requires a meticulous eye for detail and a deep understanding of building codes. Our successful involvement in the Grand Prairie, Texas Retaining Wall Project exemplifies our commitment to safety, quality, and code compliance.
As per the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NTCOG) Building Code Amendments, Texas has specific mandates concerning foundations. According to Section R401.2, “Every foundation and/or footing, or any size addition to an existing post-tension foundation, regulated by this code shall be designed and sealed by a Texas-registered engineer.”
This requirement underscores the importance of comprehensive engineering evaluations in the state. Foundations require extra scrutiny and often necessitate official engineer letters, inspections, and certifications.
At Oasis Engineering, we are acutely aware of these Texas-specific requisites and are equipped to offer the required engineering expertise. When you partner with us, you are choosing a team that not only prioritizes your project’s needs but is also well-versed in local and state building codes. Therefore, for top-notch engineering solutions that meet and exceed expectations, Oasis Engineering is your go-to resource.