Silo Structural Inspections

Silo Structural Inspections are for large, static, and un-moving complex and dynamic structural systems, flexing and bending under various loads in ways unapparent to the naked eye. Soils structural inspections are serious structural inspections and EMA understands silos. EMA is committed to the business of the soils engineering with decades of experience, as well as members of the American Concrete Institute 313 Committee that writes the code for silo design. This diverse expertise allows us to design silos that are practical and economical to construct, and that are configured to withstand years of filling and reclaim and deliver durable structural performance.

In addition to having a design capability of soils and complex hopper systems, EMA can inspect and perform silo structural inspections of all types sizes in locations around the world. Large repairs and replacement costs are often operationally problematic and difficult to justify. Our structural engineers focus on realistic, practical recommendations that balance the need for rigorous assessment with the need for continued operations. We work with owners to determine the appropriate levels of investigation for each unique facility. And we conduct inspections with an eye to minimizing impact to your process.



EMA Silo Structural Inspection Engineers Houston & New Orleans
EMA Silo Structural Inspection Engineers Houston & New Orleans

Silo Structural Inspections Louisiana

Because we have expertise in both silo design and silo structural inspection and assessment, we offer unique advantages in both disciplines. Our inspection experience has taught us what works well in silo design, and which practices may lead to deterioration and failure. And our design expertise means we know what to look for beyond the surface, so we can focus our inspections on root causes and design repairs that address the source of deterioration. Regardless of the commodity handled, whether you are an owner, operator, or constructor, our experience with over hundreds of projects can help you economically construct and maintain silos that will perform reliably in the long term.

Silo Structural inspection is the most effective, preventive method to ensure concrete and steel structures, surfaces, and silos. Regular maintenance and silo inspection increase your concrete’s life and ensure the continued safety of those working around your structures. Proactive silo safety procedures should always include regular silo inspections to check for concealed damage and to assess visible problems that could lead to structural failure. Based on inspection results, preventive maintenance can be performed to avoid larger, more expensive repairs later. The cost of preventive maintenance and restoration is minimal compared to the financial and physical toll that a full collapse can have on your company and team.
Silo collapses are often the result of preventable structural failures that would have been identified during routine silo inspection.
Common issues that cause concrete structure and concrete silo failure include:
  • Foundation deterioration
  • Roof collapse due to roof beam structural issues
  • Improper material filling and unloading procedures in silos
  • Silo wall delamination or deterioration
  • Silo discharge cone or bin floor issues
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