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23SOMEPILINGSAREAUGEREDINTOTHEGROUNDLIKECORKSCREWS.THROUGHTHICKANDTHINTedCarlsonStructuralDynamicsInc.www.structuraldynamics.com23Thentherearethecasesthatfalloutsideofanyonescontroltornadosoodsresandearthquakes.InnorthernIllinoisthemostcommoncauseofstructuraldamageiswindandwater.ThelasttwoNovembershaveseenconsiderablewinddamageintheBelvidereandCaledoniaareas.Carlsongoesintotornado-damagedhomestodeterminewhethertheyaresafeforoccupation.Someareobviouslytotallossesbutinothercasesthedamageissubtleranddeterminingthebuildingsconditionisatrickybusinessthattakesknowledgeandconsiderableexperience.Sometimesyouwalkintoahousethatlooksfairlyintactontheoutsideandndinsidethatthewholethingisrackeddiagonalcracksoverthedoorwaysandeverywalloutofplumb.Itsalmostimpossibletopullthatback.Hesaidalmostimpossibleofcoursebecausethatshowengineerstalk.Whilesomepropertiesareindeednotworththeexpenserequiredtosavethemifhecanofferacost-effectivexStructuralDynamicswillgiveitashotCarlsonsays.Sometimesthatmeansdesigningandfabricatingthebesttoolsforthejobyourself.Carlsonspatentedjackingsystemsarebuiltinhisownshop.ThetechnologyofdrivingasteelpileintothegroundtosupportabuildinghasbeenaroundforalongtimeCarlsonexplainsbutIvedonewhatIfeelareimprovementstothewholesystem.ComputertechnologyhasalsodramaticallyenhancedtheefciencyandproductivityofnotonlyCarlsonsbusinessbuttheentireindustry.ProgramslikeAutoCADoffergreatadvantagesfordraftingandstructuraldesignsoftwareexploitstheextraordinarycalculationspeedofcomputers.Forexample15yearsagoCarlsonsaysdesigningareinforcedconcretecantileveredretainingwallfora15-footdropwouldhavetakentwoorthreedays.NowIcandrawupandcompareseveraldifferentdesignsinacoupleofhours.Ifeedinmaterialsdimensionsandloadsandtheprogramcalculateseverythinginasplitsecond.ThesoftwareallowsmetoworksomuchfasterthatIcanlookatmanymorealternativesforanyjob.Thatallowshimtobebothcreativeandcompetitive.TheworkofStructuralDynamicsisusuallyhardtoseewiththeuntrainedeye.InfactmostoftheworkStructuralDynamicsdoesgetsburied...literally.ButthatdoesntbotherTedCarlsonverymuch.Hissatisfactionisinsolvingtheproblemsthatkeeptherestofusawakeatnight.IstartedbankingwithResource16yearsagoandtheyhavestoodbymethroughthickandthinandtobehonestsomeyearsitwasprettythin.KevinMcArtormyclientadvisorisknowledgeableandprofessionalandalwayshasgoodadvicetoofferoneverythingfromstructuringalineofcredittonancingequipment.Hesapleasuretoworkwith.SUCCESS