1. 1SPECIAL SERVICES

    SPECIAL SERVICES

    Mercer Engineering, PC (MEPC) offers a suite of special services that provide Clients with intelligent information. An agreement is prepared prior to starting an assignment which includes a specific scope of services. Invoicing for Special Services is in accordance with the terms and conditions of the agreement. Hourly rate plus reimbursable expenses is typically the method specified in the agreement for payment.

    Computer Drafting Services is one of MEPC’s special services where the Client provides oversight of the drawing services and is responsible for all of the data necessary for our CAD Technician to complete an assignment’s drawings.

    Engineering services and certifications are excluded, and the deliverables do not reflect or imply engineering level drawings. Typically, the drawings consist of floor plans, and elevations similar to drawings one might get from a lumber yard or other drafting service. They can be drawn in    3-Dimensions to assist the Client visualize their own ideas for a building layout or structure.

    Building Inspection Services is a special service selected by Client’s that require a professional opinion of the structural condition of a building or structure. A report is typically prepared that will include photographs made during a site visit plus a schematic drawing indicating a plan view of the structure or building along with details identifying deficiencies if and when found. Each assignment may include variations to the scope of services.

    The report may contain section headings including:

    1. Observations
    2. Discussion
    3. Conclusions
    4. Recommendations

    Hidden conditions cannot be evaluated without the Client providing limited demolition to allow visual access to a location in the structure. Costs associated with demolition and repairs are borne by the Client. Minimal engineering analysis may be included in the report, however, higher levels of engineering analysis may be provided as Additional Services when requested in writing by the Client.

    Legal Support Services are selected by legal firms representing their clients. Services will typically include forensic engineering reports and expert testimony. A formal agreement will be initiated by Mercer Engineering, PC defining the scope of forensic and expert services and will require a retainer for services.

    Forensic engineering services require the highest level of reporting. As-built engineering services, or reverse engineering services are typically required to determine the cause of material failure or the failure of the structural system(s). Failures of materials include fractures or breaking, excessive deflections, and defective material performance under code minimum loads specified in industry standards. High levels of engineering analysis and evaluation are required.

    Upon receipt of a verbal report from the forensic engineer, a legal client may instruct the forensic engineer to prepare a written report suitable for litigation. The report will include the facts as recorded during site reconnaissance and engineering analysis and evaluation. The report may contain section headings including:

    1. Observations
    2. Discussion
    3. Conclusions
    4. Recommendations

    Expert engineering services include depositions and testimony based on a forensic report prepared for the legal client. Deposition review and trial preparation are also included under Expert Legal Support Services after forensic report completion.

    Insurance Claim Technical Support is a special service requested by an insurance company or an insurance adjuster with the intension of evaluating the technical issues, causes and results of conditions leading up to an insurance claim. A forensic level report is prepared including extensive engineering analysis on an as needed basis. Facts are established based on affidavits of a claimant, and/or by using industry sources for such things as temperature, wind velocity and direction, and snow fall in the case of a roof or building structural failure.

    The deliverable is a certified engineering report that documents the facts received by the forensic engineer, engineering analysis and evaluation with comparisons to industry and building code standards for loads and deflections. The report may contain section headings including:

    1. Observations
    2. Discussion
    3. Conclusions
    4. Recommendations

    The report is of a quality that the Insurance Client can use it in mitigating a claim for their client. Often times the report can be used for Arbitration or Mediation and occasionally, the forensic engineer will be called upon to provide Expert Testimony. In such cases, the requirements of the Legal Support Services will be added or included under a separate agreement.

  2. 2LIMITED ENGINEERING SERVICES

    LIMITED ENGINEERING SERVICES

    Mercer Engineering’s Limited Engineering Services are meant to provide the Client with engineering analysis and/or design services that comply with minimum building code load requirements unless otherwise increased by the Client’s requirements. A limited Scope of Services is defined prior to beginning a project which establishes boundaries of authority and responsibility. Anyone using the deliverables from Limited Engineering Services becomes responsible for the limited engineering services’ inclusion in the project.

    Invoicing for Limited Engineering Services is in accordance with the terms and conditions of the agreement. Hourly rate plus reimbursable expenses is typically the method specified in the agreement for payment. In some cases a “fixed fee” method of billing will be employed.

    In some cases, limited engineering services are provided prior to the build phase of a project, and at other times limited engineering services are determined necessary during or after a project’s build phase. In the latter cases, more time is necessary to identify the structural conditions that may be in question.

    Engineering analysis is always a component of Limited Engineering Services. Deliverables consist of engineering drawings that can be used to build a specific element of a structure or building. In some cases, engineering certification can be applied to the deliverables to comply with the International Building Code requirements for building departments. Such certifications are limited to the element’s design and not to the entire project or structure.

    Limited Engineering Services are short assignments within the boundaries of an overall project. The services shall comply with the requirements specified by a Structural Engineer of Record (SER) if one exists, however does not provide all encompassing overs-site for a project. If an SER or other Design Professional is not in charge of a project, then MEPC’s Limited Engineering Services will rely upon the Client to provide information necessary to conduct the engineering analysis or design requirements.

    Not all projects require a Structural Engineer of Record. A simple beam design, a footing, or a floor or roof truss review would be examples of cases where Limited Engineering Services would be appropriate.

    Other engineering assignments not directly related to structures would also fall under this category.

  3. 3STRUCTURAL ENGINEER OF RECORD

    STRUCTURAL ENGINEER OF RECORD SERVICES

    Mercer Engineering, PC can provide Structural Engineer of Record (SER) services to its Clients. Clients who need an engineer to provide over-site for their project may wish to consider SER services. A SER can provide structural analysis and design of the project as well as oversee the design elements provided by the build community designed by specialty structural engineers from manufacturers and suppliers. A SER is the “eye of the needle” so to speak, coordinating all of the designs provided by others, making sure submittals meet the specified minimum requirements for a project’s success.

    Invoicing can be done in multiple of ways:

    1. Fixed Fee – % of completion
    2. Hourly Rate Plus Reimbursable Expenses
    3. Percent of Construction Cost
    4. A mixture of the above.

    SER services provide over-site of the design activities of other Design Professionals and services provided by specialty engineers. For example, engineering drawings from a truss or joist plant only deal with the element they are fabricating. The SER services provide coordination between element specialty engineering and other Design Professionals such as architects, mechanical/electrical engineers, as well as over-site of the structural integrity of the project. Specialty engineering provided by fabricators does not replace or equal the services of a SER.


  • SPECIAL SERVICES

    SPECIAL SERVICES

    Mercer Engineering, PC (MEPC) offers a suite of special services that provide Clients with intelligent information. An agreement is prepared prior to starting an assignment which includes a specific scope of services. Invoicing for Special Services is in accordance with the terms and conditions of the agreement. Hourly rate plus reimbursable expenses is typically the method specified in the agreement for payment.

    Computer Drafting Services is one of MEPC’s special services where the Client provides oversight of the drawing services and is responsible for all of the data necessary for our CAD Technician to complete an assignment’s drawings.

    Engineering services and certifications are excluded, and the deliverables do not reflect or imply engineering level drawings. Typically, the drawings consist of floor plans, and elevations similar to drawings one might get from a lumber yard or other drafting service. They can be drawn in    3-Dimensions to assist the Client visualize their own ideas for a building layout or structure.

    Building Inspection Services is a special service selected by Client’s that require a professional opinion of the structural condition of a building or structure. A report is typically prepared that will include photographs made during a site visit plus a schematic drawing indicating a plan view of the structure or building along with details identifying deficiencies if and when found. Each assignment may include variations to the scope of services.

    The report may contain section headings including:

    1. Observations
    2. Discussion
    3. Conclusions
    4. Recommendations

    Hidden conditions cannot be evaluated without the Client providing limited demolition to allow visual access to a location in the structure. Costs associated with demolition and repairs are borne by the Client. Minimal engineering analysis may be included in the report, however, higher levels of engineering analysis may be provided as Additional Services when requested in writing by the Client.

    Legal Support Services are selected by legal firms representing their clients. Services will typically include forensic engineering reports and expert testimony. A formal agreement will be initiated by Mercer Engineering, PC defining the scope of forensic and expert services and will require a retainer for services.

    Forensic engineering services require the highest level of reporting. As-built engineering services, or reverse engineering services are typically required to determine the cause of material failure or the failure of the structural system(s). Failures of materials include fractures or breaking, excessive deflections, and defective material performance under code minimum loads specified in industry standards. High levels of engineering analysis and evaluation are required.

    Upon receipt of a verbal report from the forensic engineer, a legal client may instruct the forensic engineer to prepare a written report suitable for litigation. The report will include the facts as recorded during site reconnaissance and engineering analysis and evaluation. The report may contain section headings including:

    1. Observations
    2. Discussion
    3. Conclusions
    4. Recommendations

    Expert engineering services include depositions and testimony based on a forensic report prepared for the legal client. Deposition review and trial preparation are also included under Expert Legal Support Services after forensic report completion.

    Insurance Claim Technical Support is a special service requested by an insurance company or an insurance adjuster with the intension of evaluating the technical issues, causes and results of conditions leading up to an insurance claim. A forensic level report is prepared including extensive engineering analysis on an as needed basis. Facts are established based on affidavits of a claimant, and/or by using industry sources for such things as temperature, wind velocity and direction, and snow fall in the case of a roof or building structural failure.

    The deliverable is a certified engineering report that documents the facts received by the forensic engineer, engineering analysis and evaluation with comparisons to industry and building code standards for loads and deflections. The report may contain section headings including:

    1. Observations
    2. Discussion
    3. Conclusions
    4. Recommendations

    The report is of a quality that the Insurance Client can use it in mitigating a claim for their client. Often times the report can be used for Arbitration or Mediation and occasionally, the forensic engineer will be called upon to provide Expert Testimony. In such cases, the requirements of the Legal Support Services will be added or included under a separate agreement.

  • LIMITED ENGINEERING SERVICES

    LIMITED ENGINEERING SERVICES

    Mercer Engineering’s Limited Engineering Services are meant to provide the Client with engineering analysis and/or design services that comply with minimum building code load requirements unless otherwise increased by the Client’s requirements. A limited Scope of Services is defined prior to beginning a project which establishes boundaries of authority and responsibility. Anyone using the deliverables from Limited Engineering Services becomes responsible for the limited engineering services’ inclusion in the project.

    Invoicing for Limited Engineering Services is in accordance with the terms and conditions of the agreement. Hourly rate plus reimbursable expenses is typically the method specified in the agreement for payment. In some cases a “fixed fee” method of billing will be employed.

    In some cases, limited engineering services are provided prior to the build phase of a project, and at other times limited engineering services are determined necessary during or after a project’s build phase. In the latter cases, more time is necessary to identify the structural conditions that may be in question.

    Engineering analysis is always a component of Limited Engineering Services. Deliverables consist of engineering drawings that can be used to build a specific element of a structure or building. In some cases, engineering certification can be applied to the deliverables to comply with the International Building Code requirements for building departments. Such certifications are limited to the element’s design and not to the entire project or structure.

    Limited Engineering Services are short assignments within the boundaries of an overall project. The services shall comply with the requirements specified by a Structural Engineer of Record (SER) if one exists, however does not provide all encompassing overs-site for a project. If an SER or other Design Professional is not in charge of a project, then MEPC’s Limited Engineering Services will rely upon the Client to provide information necessary to conduct the engineering analysis or design requirements.

    Not all projects require a Structural Engineer of Record. A simple beam design, a footing, or a floor or roof truss review would be examples of cases where Limited Engineering Services would be appropriate.

    Other engineering assignments not directly related to structures would also fall under this category.

  • STRUCTURAL ENGINEER OF RECORD

    STRUCTURAL ENGINEER OF RECORD SERVICES

    Mercer Engineering, PC can provide Structural Engineer of Record (SER) services to its Clients. Clients who need an engineer to provide over-site for their project may wish to consider SER services. A SER can provide structural analysis and design of the project as well as oversee the design elements provided by the build community designed by specialty structural engineers from manufacturers and suppliers. A SER is the “eye of the needle” so to speak, coordinating all of the designs provided by others, making sure submittals meet the specified minimum requirements for a project’s success.

    Invoicing can be done in multiple of ways:

    1. Fixed Fee – % of completion
    2. Hourly Rate Plus Reimbursable Expenses
    3. Percent of Construction Cost
    4. A mixture of the above.

    SER services provide over-site of the design activities of other Design Professionals and services provided by specialty engineers. For example, engineering drawings from a truss or joist plant only deal with the element they are fabricating. The SER services provide coordination between element specialty engineering and other Design Professionals such as architects, mechanical/electrical engineers, as well as over-site of the structural integrity of the project. Specialty engineering provided by fabricators does not replace or equal the services of a SER.

As Structural Engineer of Record, Mercer Engineering, PC works within the design team to provide performance based structural designs for foundations, concrete and structural steel framing systems, and other structures requiring a high degree of structural analysis.

Mercer Engineering, PC has received awards on some of the design projects. Such awards include the Scheels Sports store facility in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Dakota Growers Pasta Plant in Carrington, North Dakota, and the Holiday Mall Addition in East Grand Forks, Minnesota to name a few.

Mercer Engineering, PC follows the 10 Foundations of Risk Management.

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