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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is a Professional Civil Engineer?
A Professional Civil Engineer is a person qualified by education and experience and has met state requirements for practicing in the field of professional engineering. Civil engineering is a broad field of engineering dealing with the planning, construction, and maintenance of fixed structures, or public works, as they are related to earth, water, or civilization and their processes.

2. Can you explain a Land Survey?
A land survey is required anytime there is a boundary change or land division, ownership transfer, and/or erection of structures related to a property boundary.

3. How do I select an Engineer?
Choosing an engineer should be based on qualifications and experience, rather than price alone. Some things to consider are the professional reputation given by previous clients and references, state licensure, the necessary business and financial resources to complete the project, and the ability to take charge of the project and complete it in an allotted time frame.

4. What types of Engineering Services do you offer?
Civil engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, municipal engineering, field inspections, land surveys, slope stabilization engineering, lab services, etc.

5. What types of Software do you utilize?

SEI has committed itself to continually using the most current, proven industry standards to assist in the design and implementation of projects. The belief that technology, implemented in an intelligent manner, will benefit the speed, quality and accuracy that a task can be delivered is employed in all aspects of the company processes.

6. How do I know which type of Service I need?
While it is difficult to speculate what each client needs will be, SEI can assist in determining what services each project will require. Insightful discussions held during the preliminary planning stages of projects will allow prospective client to consider all possible aspects of the work, therefore reducing unforeseen problems that can slow and make the implementation of any project troublesome.

7. What is involved in an Investigation (structural, forensic, etc.)?
The Seidler Engineering team provides a complete approach to structural and forensic investigation projects. Although we understand each project presents its own challenges and needs, we typically begin this type of project by meeting with our client to assess their needs and expectations regarding the future service life of a structure as well as any problems encountered with the structure. Only after we understand the future use and life expectancy of a structure can we implement an appropriate testing program and prepare a complete structural condition survey of the structure with appropriate conclusions and recommendations.

8. Do you offer any type of "Engineering Packages" if I need multiple services?
SEI is able to package many services into various projects. We can combine civil site work with a preconstruction geotechnical investigation, structural engineering and construction administration and inspection and testing services to deliver a complete start to finish service. We will provide as much assistance as our clients require - from the preliminary planning to the final inspection and acceptance of a project, SEI can assist in the delivery of a quality product over a multitude of tasks.

9. Can you explain how Soil influences construction?

Since all civil engineering projects are founded on soil, site specific soil characteristics play a vital role in the success or failure of a civil engineering project. Bearing capacity, settlement characteristics, and subgrade modulus all have an effect on most civil engineering projects. Other information, such as groundwater elevation and the depth of bedrock, have considerable effects on the means and methods a contractor may use to construct a project.

10. What is the best way to contact your firm?
Prospective or existing clients can use e-mail, telephone or simply stop by the office to discuss potential projects, current needs or other existing issues they are interested in having a professional practice assist tem in bringing to fruition.

11. When should an owner or municipality have testing and inspection services?
Any owner of any type of project, public or private, large or small should consider the benefit inspection and testing services provide. The use of a competent, knowledgeable, professional resident project representative during construction protects the owner's interests, provides documentation of the process and allows the owner to ensure the contractor and work conducted is meeting the design intent of the plans and specifications. In fact the Ohio Revised Code provides that all governmental agencies engaged in the construction of public work prepare plans, specifications, estimates and retain inspection services by a professional engineer. The RPR is not a watchdog or additional supervisory position but an integral part of the construction process, providing an interface between the contractor in the field, design personnel and the owner to coordinate and covey needed information.

12. Why should an owner consider a soils investigation or a geotechnical report?
A comprehensive geotechnical report contains site soils information that is useful in both design and construction of most types of projects. The information provides the backbone of the project at its inception and allows for additional detail to be used in the preliminary design and feasibility assessment of project in addition to being used in the detailed design of the proposed work.

13. What types of testing services does Seidler Engineering, Inc. provide?

SEI can provide soils testing, concrete testing, grout testing and soil compaction testing. The company has on-site laboratory facilities, and the necessary equipment and personnel to provide services in a timely manner.


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