Forensic Engineers and Consultants

Carlos Zarraga

Carlos Zarraga

Carlos Zarraga

E.I. Phone: 803.732.6600 vCard LinkedIn Download CV

Expertise

  • Building Envelope/Water Intrusion
  • Building Codes and Standards
  • Construction Defects/Claims
  • Foundation Settlement/Concrete Cracking
  • Roof Damage
  • Structural Failure
Biography

Carlos Zarraga has more than 8 years of engineering experience in the structural field specializing in building design, building components, and foundation design.  Carlos holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of New Orleans.

Throughout his career, Carlos has designed and analyzed structures, supervised designers and drafters, prepared construction documents (drawings and specifications), and provided on-site duties for field supervision and inspection of construction projects.  Well versed in the analysis of foundation failures, he often determines the root cause of failure and the resulting scope of damage.  He has designed new foundations as well as remedial repairs.  He has designed retrofits to existing structures in addition to repairing construction defects.

Carlos has an in-depth knowledge and extensive background of bridges, structures for refineries, chemical plants and enhanced C02 recovery plants.  He also has experience in the industrial and petrochemical industry designing structures for materials handling facilities and industrial buildings.

Qualifications
B.S. in Civil Engineering
State of Louisiana Engineering Intern (E.I.), Registration #0031911
Current Member, American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC)
Experience in Concrete Fabrication/Installation
Experience in Residential Foundation Settlement/Cracking
Experience in Industrial Construction
Recent Posts

What You May Not Know About Using a Concrete Test Hammer

When assessing potential problems in concrete structures, consider a non-destructive test using the concrete test hammer, AKA “rebound hammer,” before investing a lot of time and money needlessly replacing or destructively testing the concrete structure.  The use of rebound hammer tests should be considered before you or your client decide to drill multiple core samples. […]

Construction Techniques to Prevent Water Penetration at Windows

Windows, and their interface with the exterior walls, are an important part of a building’s envelope that resists the intrusion of water. Most builders take many precautions to protect a house from water damage. One of the most important factors in keeping the water out is the installation of window flashing, a thin material that […]

When the Walls Come Tumbling Down… Retaining Wall Basics

A wall is really boring until it fails. A retaining wall is supposed to hold back soil to either support a structure or keep a space clear. When it fails, both of those roles are compromised. A retaining wall does not have to collapse to fail. In fact, a failure is perhaps better defined as […]

Carlos Zarraga has more than 8 years of engineering experience in the structural field specializing in building design, building components, and foundation design.  Carlos holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of New Orleans.

Throughout his career, Carlos has designed and analyzed structures, supervised designers and drafters, prepared construction documents (drawings and specifications), and provided on-site duties for field supervision and inspection of construction projects.  Well versed in the analysis of foundation failures, he often determines the root cause of failure and the resulting scope of damage.  He has designed new foundations as well as remedial repairs.  He has designed retrofits to existing structures in addition to repairing construction defects.

Carlos has an in-depth knowledge and extensive background of bridges, structures for refineries, chemical plants and enhanced C02 recovery plants.  He also has experience in the industrial and petrochemical industry designing structures for materials handling facilities and industrial buildings.

B.S. in Civil Engineering
State of Louisiana Engineering Intern (E.I.), Registration #0031911
Current Member, American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC)
Experience in Concrete Fabrication/Installation
Experience in Residential Foundation Settlement/Cracking
Experience in Industrial Construction

What You May Not Know About Using a Concrete Test Hammer

When assessing potential problems in concrete structures, consider a non-destructive test using the concrete test hammer, AKA “rebound hammer,” before investing a lot of time and money needlessly replacing or destructively testing the concrete structure.  The use of rebound hammer tests should be considered before you or your client decide to drill multiple core samples. […]

Construction Techniques to Prevent Water Penetration at Windows

Windows, and their interface with the exterior walls, are an important part of a building’s envelope that resists the intrusion of water. Most builders take many precautions to protect a house from water damage. One of the most important factors in keeping the water out is the installation of window flashing, a thin material that […]

When the Walls Come Tumbling Down… Retaining Wall Basics

A wall is really boring until it fails. A retaining wall is supposed to hold back soil to either support a structure or keep a space clear. When it fails, both of those roles are compromised. A retaining wall does not have to collapse to fail. In fact, a failure is perhaps better defined as […]

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