Engineering Design 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 (SUL), 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, though VERTEX also provides retrofitting services for non-structural elements such as drainage and infrastructure.

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Sam McGlamery

Sam McGlamery, PE, SE, MBA

Executive Vice President, Engineering Design Services

Sam McGlamery has 35 years of 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 Wins 2019 WebAward

September 10, 2019

VERTEX is proud to be named the 2019 Best Environmental Website by Web Marketing Association. Now in its 17th year, the WebAward program is the longest running annual website award competition dedicated to naming the best websites in 96 industries while setting the standard of excellence for all website development. The WebAwards are recognized as the…

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VERTEX's Bill McConnell and Mark Degenaars to Present at Pearlman 2019

September 3, 2019

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VERTEX's Henry Stormer Receives Motor Vehicle Fire Credential

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Ladder Safety Training Video

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According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), over 500,000 people are treated each year for ladder related falls. Whether you use a ladder out in the field, in your workplace or at home, safety should always be your number one priority.  At VERTEX, safety is part of our culture. We recently hosted…

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Structural Design Considerations in Hurricane Prone Locations

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2017 Hurricane Season - How it Compares

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It is obvious that we are in the midst of a very active and dangerous hurricane season. The development of consecutive storms: Harvey, Irma, Jose, Katia, has a lot of people asking questions. Many are also struck by the intensity of the 2017 hurricane season. Harvey had record breaking rainfall with 51.88″ recorded. That’s now…

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