The Problem with Guaranteed Maximum Price for Materials Testing and Inspection

Those who seek to erect structures of all types (commercial, residential, institutional, infrastructure) have a clear motivation to minimize costs for the structure and to be able to budget accurately for those costs. Given these facts, it’s understandable that clients and potential clients are attracted to guaranteed maximum price (GMP), lump sum, or fixed fee… Continue Reading

Memorial Day Reminder from Our President

As is my habit, or maybe my tradition, I want to wish everyone a very safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend. Hopefully, we can all enjoy some down time with our families, friends, and loved ones during this “unofficial start of summer.” But I hope that you will also join me in giving some thought… Continue Reading

Soaring Cost of Public Works Bids

What can public agencies do to mitigate rising bid prices and get the most out of construction dollars? Prop 6 has been defeated. SB1 funds are starting to trickle down into the hands of hard-working public works leaders who have long placed “dream” projects on the shelf. At long last, our careful planning and dedication… Continue Reading

Guest Post: Why Spray-Applied Fireproofing is Necessary on Steel Buildings

Steel buildings are ideal for reduced risk of fire, but even a steel structure is not entirely flameproof and must be fireproofed to ensure the structure does not fail if temperatures reach higher than 1100 degrees Fahrenheit. According to the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) steel buildings are durable, noncombustible and have fire-resistant material.… Continue Reading

A Year in Review: 2018 Projects

AVEN | Best because: DTLA’s first Thoughtful Living™ high rise offers expansive amenities, including a public park, indoor/outdoor social lounges, and two California-inspired amenity decks | Client: DTLA South Park Properties, LLC | Completion Status: Ongoing Ventura County Medical Center | Best because: hospital remained fully functional during the construction of this state-of-the-art facility, which… Continue Reading

Inland Empire Office Moves to Riverside

We packed up our San Bernardino office and laboratory and moved into a new facility in the City of Riverside. Here’s why. Growth and New Talent We are excited to announce new talent joining our team. Among these new hires are Sammy Daghighi, PE, Inland Empire Branch Manager, and David Luce, Inland Empire Laboratory Manager. Increased Project Activity We… Continue Reading

Thinking Career Moves? Think Twining!

The architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry boasts a myriad of professional opportunities across multiple disciplines. Looking down a freshly paved interstate highway or craning your neck upwards at the peak of a skyscraper, it becomes apparent that these projects are a result of many great minds collaborating to make it all happen. We know… Continue Reading

Effects of Gradation and Aged Binder Content of (RAP) on Properties of Cold-Recycled Asphalt Mix

Cold-recycling of asphalt is an effective method enabling agencies to conserve valuable resources during rehabilitation of distressed roads. At Twining, we are continuously seeking to improve our understanding of cold-recycled asphalt performance and investigate the impact of the Recycled Asphalt Pavement (RAP) gradation and RAP binder content on properties of cold-recycled asphalt at a given… Continue Reading

Guest Post: Tips to Perform a Commercial Roof Inspection

Many commercial property owners in California hardly take the time to inspect their roofs, because they see it as an optional activity and a waste of precious time and resources. For them, as long as the roof is not leaking, there is no need to bother with it. While the mantra “If it isn’t broken… Continue Reading

Preventing Falls in Construction

Twining is proud to participate in National Safety Stand Down Week. We have a unique niche in our industry as engineers, scientists, and inspectors. Although we are not builders, we work side by side with contractors on active construction sites across the state of California. This is why I have chosen to review the topic… Continue Reading