Engineering Services

Understanding seismic risks and the potential for future losses due to earthquake occurrences are important to lenders, insurers and equity owners involved in real estate building deals.  Probable Maximum Loss (PML) assessments identify building elements, soil types, expected lateral loads, and proximity to earthquake centers that contribute to a building’s potential risk. When building performance issues are identified, VERTEX can determine potential next steps for the mitigation or repair of a physical deficiency that will improve the seismic performance of the building so it will be acceptable to the User. 

Seismic Risk Assessment

VERTEX offers various levels of Probable Maximum Loss (PML) assessment services to estimate earthquake related losses as a percent of building replacement costs, as based on the ASTM E2026 and E2557 standards.  By determining Scenario Expected Loss (SEL) and Scenario Upper Loss (SEL), and identifying building conditions that contribute to loss ratios and risk, we are better able to help our clients make informed business decisions.  Additionally, VERTEX identifies how modifying, mitigating or removing such conditions can reduce that risk.  We perform PML assessments with experienced, in-house structural engineers.

Seismic Retrofitting

VERTEX designs and modifies existing structures to make them more resistant to seismic activity, ground motion, or soil failure due to earthquakes. Similarly, VERTEX retrofits for other natural hazards such as tropical cyclones, tornadoes and downbursts. Seismic retrofitting is primarily concerned with structural improvements, through VERTEX also provides retrofitting services for non-structural elements such as drainage and infrastructure.

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Executive Vice President, Engineering

Sam McGlamery, PE, SE
Denver, CO

Sam McGlamery, PE, SE

Mr. Sam McGlamery has 35 years’ experience as a structural engineer and has been responsible for the structural design for over $2.0 billion of construction including educational facilities, places of worship, university buildings, hospitals, hotels, industrial projects, multi-family, parking garages, historic renovations, adaptive reuse of buildings, and structural investigations. In addition to complete project design and coordination, his experience also includes extensive field administration, specifications writing, project management and cost estimating.

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VERTEX - Reigning Champions of Boston Children's Hospital Corporate Cup

July 12, 2017

On Thursday, July 20th VERTEX will participate in the Second Annual Boston Children’s Hospital Corporate Cup, defending our title as the First Ever Champions of the event. We are so proud to participate on behalf of VERTEX, and for the opportunity to help one of the best hospitals in the world.    What Is The…

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VERTEX Attends Groundbreaking Ceremony at Union Point, Weymouth Naval Air Station

July 11, 2017

On Monday, July 10th, VERTEX, along with several city officials and stakeholders such as  LStar, Boston Rugby, GP Soccer and LAXachusetts Lacrosse, met at Union Point to officially break ground for the latest development, the Recreation Complex at Union Point. This project will give the residents of Weymouth and the South Shore access to a number of…

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VERTEX Wishes You a Safe and Happy Independence Day Holiday

July 3, 2017

VERTEX would like to wish everyone a happy 4th of July. To keep safety at the top of your mind this holiday, please review the recommended safety tips from the National Council on Fireworks Safety.   Recommended Safety Tips Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks. Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels…

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VERTEX Sponsoring Annual Training of Arson Investigators

June 20, 2017

VERTEX is a sponsor of the 2017 Annual Training and Conference of the Vermont Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators held this week in Killington, VT. Interested in the event?  Learn more about International Association of Arson Investigators.

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VERTEX is at IASIU New England Event

June 4, 2017

Come see VERTEX’s Henry Stormer and other representatives of the Fire Investigation Division at the New England Chapter Conference of the IASIU (International Association of Special Investigation Units). Held at the Boxboro Regency, Boxboro, MA this Tuesday and Wednesday, June 6 & 7.Learn more about IASIU .Contact Henry Stormer for more information.

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