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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 29, 2021 | heritagestanding.com
 
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Heritage Standing’s office is located in a building that sits on the traditional unceded territory of the Wolastokwiyik, whose ancestors, along with the Mi’kmaw and Passamaquoddy / Peskotomuhkati peoples, signed Peace and Friendship Treaties with the British Crown in the 1700s.

The photo shows the Wolastoq (St. John River) as viewed from a church tower.  All small piece of the river is visible from our building once the leaves flutter to the ground in autumn.  The Wolastoq is gradually undergoing a cultural re-naming, though official renaming has yet to occur.  This is just one small story of ongoing cultural and community diaglogue as we all move forward together.

In recognition of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, we invite everyone to take steps forward in learning more.

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Scope, schedule, budget, and ?

August 25, 2021 | heritagestanding.com
 
Scope, schedule, budget, and ?

Scope… schedule… and budget…

(You know, one of these days I really want to write some technical musings, but it doesn’t look like today will be that day)

One of the interesting growing pains we’ve had as a company is trying to improve how we organize, collaborate, and run projects.  Part of this required more of the day to day project management to be managed by others, so that I can focus on project areas where I bring the most value.  The long term ideal is that this...

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Ridge vents - the importance of thinking things through

July 13, 2021 | heritagestanding.com
 
Ridge vents - the importance of thinking things through

I’m often bothered when I get the impression someone didn’t think through the implications of their construction choices.  There are benefits and harms to almost every decision, and understanding those is important.  Unfortunately, this doesn’t just extend to building conservation work.  Allow me to digress on one specific problem that comes up more often than it should. 

Many people in the construction industry are familiar with the ridge vents that you can get for...

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Photogrammetry for historic buildings

May 26, 2021 | heritagestanding.com
 
Photogrammetry for historic buildings

At HSI, we experiment with cutting-edge technology in order to solve difficult and unusual engineering goals.  Because many of our clients are non-profits or individuals with limited budgets, we are always on the lookout for new techniques which can reduce costs.  One that we are particularly proud of is using drone images and photogrammetry to generate 3d models of heritage structures that otherwise would only have been available through expensive laser scans or extremely...

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Doing business

April 04, 2021 | heritagestanding.com
 
Doing business

In my first HSI Musing I would like to talk about business.  When I started Heritage Standing Inc. I didn’t really think so much about the business model that would run alongside the technical expertise.  My focus had been to provide technical services specialized for a unique set of buildings (old buildings) and that by having this specialized service I would be able to support projects.  I still had that feeling from engineering school that the best technical solutions...

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Historic masonry considerations

April 04, 2021 | heritagestanding.com
 
Historic masonry considerations

Historic masonry can lead to surprises if you're only familiar with new methods and materials.  Successful repair requires compatibility with historic materials.  Below are two short videos by Dr. Tom Morrison that provide helpful advice when working with historic masonry.

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