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Design Review Consultation Expert Consultation Expert Consultation
Detailed Mitigation Development
Winter Operational Guidelines Mock-up Testing
Expert Consultation Winter Preparedness Training Winter Operational Guidelines
Mock-up Testing
Forensic Investigation Winter Preparedness Training
Winter Operational Guidelines Expert Witness and Opinion Forensic Investigation
Winter Preparedness Training Snow and Ice Barrier Development Expert Witness and Opinion
Snow Deposition Assessment
Property Condition or Facade Assessment  
Mitigation Inspection
 
 
Snow and Ice Barrier Development
 
 

 

 

Introduction

Northern Microclimate specializes in the identification and reduction of hazards to people and property from falling, sliding, and wind released ice and snow, for both existing and proposed buildings and structures. Our services offer expert advice and guidance, resulting in detailed and implementable recommendations that align with project design objectives, reducing future reliance on operational procedures.

 

Services List

 

Design Review Consultation

As a core service, a Design Review Consultation is a full scope assessment that provides detailed recommendations developed to mitigate and manage potential hazards through a holistic approach to risk management. The service includes a complete drawing review in combination with analysis and interpretation of historical meteorological conditions, producing a site specific prediction of microclimate conditions, and the corresponding relationship with the building envelope. Results of the assessment are communicated through an interactive consultation process structured to assist in a complete and detailed integration of risk reduction strategies.

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Detailed Mitigation Development

The Detailed Mitigation Development phase, conducted as part of the Design Review Consultation (above), provides additional consultation and experience based answers to the design teams’ detailed questions, allowing for the successful implementation of mitigation recommendations within the design.

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Expert Consultation

An economical overview of design drawings, at any stage in design, focused on the identification of potential falling ice and snow issues and the offering of expert advice through consultation. The results of this consultation will be communicated in a confidential manner, allowing decision makers to assess the availability and feasibility of potential mitigation options before proceeding with remediation.

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Mock-up Testing

Mock-up testing investigates ice and snow formation and behavior on building facades, roofs and exterior features, providing validation and/or refinement to building detailing and mitigation strategies. Tests are conducted in a temperature controlled chamber where a mock-up is exposed to multiple test scenarios of snow, ice, and rain, with calibrated temperature cycling, replicating the characteristics of winter storm conditions that have been known to produce ice and snow release.

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Winter Operational Guidelines

Winter Operational Guidelines address design risk by informing building ownership and future operations personnel of the design actions implemented; and, the future need for operational efforts to complete a comprehensive ice and snow management strategy.

Developed in parallel with the Design Review Consultation, Winter Operational Guidelines are project specific, anticipating winter performance of the completed building, recommending procedures and instruction for observation, monitoring, training, and pro-active practices.

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Winter Preparedness Training

As an extension of the Winter Operational Guidelines service, one of our consultants will visit your facility and conduct a training session.  The session will instruct operations personnel in regard to: pre-winter preparedness, winter storm action planning, responsibilities, and implementation of winter observation inspections. 

The training session will provide an understanding of the severity and re-occurrence frequency of potential ice and snow accumulations, along with methods and procedures developed to reduce risk of a potential hazard to people and property.

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Snow Deposition Assessment

A Snow Deposition Assessment is beneficial for large exposed roof surfaces, sloped wall surfaces, and unique building geometries, which often produce challenging microclimate conditions.  A proposed design can benefit from microclimate interpretation, which can positively influence structural design and ice and snow mitigation assumptions.  If  problematic conditions are not anticipated at the design stage, hazardous consequences in the form of large masses of sliding, moving, or falling ice and snow can result, contributing to damage or injury.

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Mitigation Inspection

A Northern Microclimate consultant will travel to your project site and conduct an inspection of installed ice and snow mitigation components.  An inspection is particularly useful to identify potential deficiencies that could negatively impact hazardous ice and snow formation.

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Forensic Investigation

With a focus on the need for immediate action, our consultants will review incident reports, along with meteorological and site conditions to determine the cause with respect to sliding, falling, or wind released ice and snow, then respond with recommendations for both intermediate and long-term mitigation strategies.

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Expert Witness and Opinion

Our consultants are regarded as leading experts in the specialty field of ice and snow formation, behavior, and release from buildings and structures. Their knowledge has been gained through decades of incident investigations, field studies, mock-up testing, and project design consultation.  Their combined knowledge of building science principles, microclimate analysis, architectural designs, and construction background, allows our consultants to contribute expert and specialized knowledge to your ice and snow related situation.

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Snow and Ice Barrier Development

The Snow and Ice Barrier Development service, included as part of the Design Review Consultation, assists designers in the detailed development of custom ice and snow retention devices and their related details.

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Property Condition or Facade Assessment

In support of a Property Condition Assessment or a Facade Assessment conducted by a third party, our consultants can offer review, analysis, consultation, and expert advice, providing identification and remediation recommendations specific to the potential for falling, sliding, or wind released ice and snow.

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