Sunday, August 31, 2014

Hamptons, New York Swimming Pool Expert Witness, Aquatic Designer and Watershape Consulting

Internationally acclaimed swimming pool designer and watershapes consultant, proudly offers expert witness services for construction defect cases nationwide.

Paolo Benedetti, the founder of Aquatic Technology Pool and Spa, has 20+ years of experience inspecting swimming pools and related construction defects.

Previously offering consulting services nationally and internationally on an informal and "by request" basis, he is now providing direct services to those residing in the Hamptons, South Hamptons, East Hamptons, New York City, Manhattan and the entire eastern seaboard.

Services we now provide to Architects, Developers, Builders and Residents of the Eastern United States:
  • Watershape Consulting
  • Wet Project Designs
  • Aquatic Consulting
  • Animated Fountains
  • Hydraulic and Mechanical Plans
  • Structural Engineering
  • Soils and Geotechnical Investigations
  • Complete Plans 
  • Construction Drawings
  • Material Specifications
  • Building Codes and Standards Compliance
  • Electrical Schematics
  • Installation Procedures
  • Home Automation Integration
  • Waterproofing Specifications
  • Concrete and Shotcrete Criteria
  • Quality Assurance Testing, Inspections and Observations
  • Owner's Representative
  • Construction Management
  • Forensic Investigations
  • Construction Defects
  • Expert Witness

Contact the author, Paolo Benedetti of Aquatic Technology Pool and Spa at: info@aquatictechnology.com or 408-776-8220. Visit his website at: www.aquatictechnology.com. All Contents © Aquatic Technology Pool & Spa, 2013. 
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

International Watershape Consulting Industry Expert Witness

As an Industry recognized expert, I can provide consulting services for your next watershape, aquatic, swimming pool, spa or fountain project.  Services are provided locally, nationally and internationally.

Services we provide:
  • Conceptual design services
  • Review existing designs and plans
  • Provide energy efficient hydraulic designs, calculations, and schematics
  • Consult on water sanitization options
  • Specify support equipment (based upon reoccurring maintenance expenses, ROI's & efficiencies)
  • Controls, automation & systems integration
  • Perform material selections & mock-ups
  • Provide construction & bidding documents (to include all/part):
    • Project layout
    • Cross sections
    • Equipment pad/room layout (to scale)
    • Equipment room support facilities (electrical, ventilation, drainage, etc.)
    • Plumbing schematics
    • Lighting schematics (vessel, area, or landscape)
    • Low voltage electrical schematics
    • High voltage electrical schematics
    • Details & cross sections
    • Shop drawings
    • Structural engineering (based upon owner provided soils/geotechnical report)
    • Installation practices & methodologies
    • Material Specifications
    • Workmanship Standards
    • Erosion or dust control programs
    • Gray water collection & waste water discharge
    • Site drainage
  • Construction Management
    • Direct construction/build-out
      • Our direct contract, management and coordination
    • Outside contractor
      • Review bids & proposals
      • Assist with contractor selection
      • Supervise local contractor
    • Progress/Site Inspections
  • Feasibility Studies
    • Pre-Property Purchase
  • Existing pool facility conversion/remodel
  • Expert Witness
    • Construction Litigation
    • Failed pool structures
    • Vanishing Edge, overflow & hillside pools
    • Workmanship standards: masonry, tile, plaster & other finishes
    • General workmanship issues, construction tolerances and material testing
    • Standards compliance
  • Workmanship, installation, materials
  • Glass tile mosaics
Contact the author, Paolo Benedetti of Aquatic Technology Pool and Spa at: info@aquatictechnology.com or 408-776-8220. Visit his website at: www.aquatictechnology.com. All Contents © Aquatic Technology Pool & Spa, 2013. All rights reserved.

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Houston Dallas Austin Texas Swimming Pool Expert Witness

With experience as a swimming pool Expert Witness that spans the globe and the country, don't you deserve the very best expert available?

I have performed many forensic investigations in Texas that have resulted swift resolutions for the property owners and contractors.

Investigations have examined issues of poor workmanship, faulty hydraulics, inferior masonry, substandard electrical and gas installations, disregard for soil and site conditions, lack of adequate structural engineering and reinforcement, non-compliance with building codes and industry standards, and design flaws.

As an internationally recognized expert in the field of swimming pool design and construction, I can assist property owners, attorneys and contractors with neutral and independent project evaluations.

Contact the author, Paolo Benedetti of Aquatic Technology Pool and Spa at: info@aquatictechnology.com or 408-776-8220. Visit his website at: www.aquatictechnology.com. All Contents © Aquatic Technology Pool & Spa, 2013. 
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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Swimming Pool Design in Expansive Soil Conditions

Plan for the Worst Case Scenario

Whenever designing or building a swimming pool in expansive soils conditions, you must plan for the worst case scenario, says swimming pool designer and expert witness Paolo Benedetti of Aquatic Technology Pool and Spa at www.aquatictechnology.com.

This means that you must adhere to to the following procedures:
  • Obtain a Geotechnical report (soils report)
  • Have the structure engineered to withstand saturated soil conditions when the pool is empty.
  • Ensure that water does not collect around the outside of the structure.
  • Isolate the structure from the soils.

Soils Report

The structural engineer cannot possibly know how strong to design the structure if he does not know that characteristics of the soils.

The soils report will define the load bearing capacity of the soils.  It will also quantify the expansiveness of the soils.  From these criteria, the structural engineer can determine the strength of the structure.

Structural Engineering

Whether one uses generic or custom structural engineering, it must exceed the forces the soils will exert upon it (these are known as soils surcharges).

The structural engineering will define the thickness of the walls and floor; the size, placement and spacing of the reinforcement steel, PSI strength of the concrete and any special mix design requirements.

Custom engineering is always recommended, as the structural engineer will also review other potential surcharges (from buildings, slopes, snow, surf, wind, etc.).

Empty and Saturated Condition

The structural engineer will design the structure to resist surcharges when the pool is empty.  Why empty?  Because some day the pool will need to be drained to be remodeled or refinished.

And because the engineer cannot predict the condition of the soils when the pool is drained, he must assume that the soils will be fully saturated and swollen.

Keeping the soils dry

Installing concrete decks around the pool will help keep the soils adjacent to the structure dry. 
Drainage should be installed to prevent water from sheeting off of the decks and into the surrounding landscaping.  This will only force the water to seep back under the decks into the sand/rock base, defeating the intent of keeping the soils around the pool dry.

Placing drainage rock or drainage panels under or around the pool is fruitless, unless there is a means to discharge any water that collects under the pool.  This could be a drain to daylight (if there were a slope nearby) or a dewatering well with a sump pump in it.

Isolate the pool from the expansive soils

Another method is to reduce the surcharges around the pool from expansive soils.  This can be achieved by over excavating the soils and later back filling with non-expansive materials.  Of course this requires that the pool be built differently, since the concrete cannot be shot against the soils.

Sand bags, void forms or geo-voids can also be installed behind the reinforcement steel.  Properly braced, the concrete can be shot against these surfaces.

Contact the author, Paolo Benedetti of Aquatic Technology Pool and Spa at: info@aquatictechnology.com or 408-776-8220. Visit his website at: www.aquatictechnology.com. All Contents © Aquatic Technology Pool & Spa, 2013. All rights reserved. http://googleping.com

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Expert Swimming Pool Design Services

http://aquatictechnology.com/design_services.htm


What services should you look for when seeking an expert swimming pool designer?

Someone with a proven track record of delivering gorgeous projects.A designer who is not first and foremost trying to sell you a pool.Someone with your best interest, both financially and aesthetically in mind!

Luxury Pool and Spa Design Services

We work with property owners, architects, pool companies, landscape architects, developers, contractors and other design professionals, to provide the level of support that they may require. We can provide:
Luxury Swimming Pool & Spa Water Feature Design & Construction

  • Conceptual design services
  • Review existing designs and plans
  • Provide energy efficient hydraulic designs, calculations, and schematics
  • Consult on water sanitization options
  • Specify support equipment (based upon reoccurring maintenance expenses, ROI's & efficiencies)
  • Controls, automation & systems integration
  • Perform material selections & mock-ups
  • Provide construction & bidding documents (to include all/part):
    • Project layout
    • Cross sections
    • Equipment pad/room layout (to scale)
    • Equipment room support facilities (electrical, ventilation, drainage, etc.)
    • Plumbing schematics
    • Lighting schematics (vessel, area, or landscape)
    • Low voltage electrical schematics
    • High voltage electrical schematics
    • Details & cross sections
    • Shop drawings
    • Structural engineering (based upon owner provided soils/geotechnical report)
    • Installation practices & methodologies
    • Material Specifications
    • Workmanship Standards
    • Erosion or dust control programs
    • Gray water collection & waste water discharge
    • Site drainage
  • Construction Management
    • Direct construction/build-out
      • Our direct contract, management and coordination
    • Outside contractor
      • Review bids & proposals
      • Assist with contractor selection
      • Supervise local contractor
    • Progress/Site Inspections
  • Feasibility Studies
    • Pre-Property Purchase
  • Existing pool facility conversion/remodel
  • Expert Witness
    • Construction Litigation
    • Failed pool structures
    • Vanishing Edge, overflow & hillside pools
    • Workmanship standards: masonry, tile, plaster & other finishes
    • General workmanship issues, construction tolerances and material testing
    • Standards compliance
  • Workmanship, installation, materials


Contact the author, Paolo Benedetti of Aquatic Technology Pool and Spa at: info@aquatictechnology.com or 408-776-8220. Visit his website at: www.aquatictechnology.com. All Contents © Aquatic Technology Pool & Spa, 2013. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Swimming Pool Designer Expansion Joints Expert Witness

International expert swimming pool designer Paolo Benedetti discusses pool deck expansion joints in his article Expansive Tendencies:
http://aquatictechnology.com/articles/pdf/watershapes-expansive-tendencies-3-2009.pdf


Contact the author, Paolo Benedetti of Aquatic Technology Pool and Spa at: info@aquatictechnology.com or 408-776-8220. 
Visit his website at: www.aquatictechnology.com. 
All Contents © Aquatic Technology Pool & Spa, 2013. 
All rights reserved.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

EXPERT - Swimming Pool Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment detrimental to plaster and equipment!

Today there is just TOO MUCH information available to people on the internet.  And people believe everything they read on the internet... remember the TV commercial "Here comes my boyfriend.  He's a French Model.  I met him on the internet ?"

There are companies marketing reverse osmosis water treatment systems to the swimming pool industry.  They are being touted as the solution to mineral fouling, waterline scaling and perfect water balance. 

Reverse Osmosis Water - Good and Bad

Reverse Osmosis water is void of all impurities, minerals and contaminates.  It is "pure water."  Many brands of bottled water are purified using reverse osmosis.  This is what makes reverse osmosis water so good to drink and cook with.

Because reverse osmosis water does not contain any minerals, it must be packaged in inert plastic bottles.  Domestic reverse osmosis purification systems are plumbed utilizing plastic tubing and faucets with ceramic seals.

If copper or iron pipes were used, then the reverse osmosis water would strip the minerals from the pipes in an effort to re-balance itself.  Eventually the walls of the pipes would get thin and begin to leak.  

Detrimental to Pool Surfaces and Equipment

This phenomenon of desiring to re-balance itself, is what makes reverse osmosis water bad for use in a swimming pool, spa or fountain.

When the mineral content of water in a swimming pool drops below prescribed levels, the water begins to seek a means to re-balance itself.  And it is NON-SELECTIVE as to where it will draw it's minerals from.

This means that your pool heater's copper heat exchanger, pool plaster or pump seals will all fall victim to corrosion and decay.

Mineral Levels Impossible to Monitor

Even if a reverse osmosis system was outfitted with a sensor to monitor the calcium and mineral levels, it would not serve any purpose.  

Why?  

Because those sensors could not determine THE SOURCE of the minerals.  The reverse osmosis system would think that the water was balanced, but it would not know if it was using the calcium from the pool plaster, tile grout or masonry mortars.

Once the mineral levels get to the minimum levels and the surfaces begin to decay, the reverse osmosis system still thinks that everything is okay.  The decay of the pool surfaces and equipment will continue until the owners observe the non-reversible symptoms of degradation.

Reverse Osmosis - great to drink, bad to swim in.


Contact the author, Paolo Benedetti of Aquatic Technology Pool and Spa at: info@aquatictechnology.com or 408-776-8220. Visit his website at: www.aquatictechnology.com. All Contents © Aquatic Technology Pool & Spa, 2013. All rights reserved.