Season's Greetings...

From Wright Engineers' first Christmas up to this Holiday season, I've drawn elves and reindeer for our Holiday greeting cards and eNews Holiday message.

For more Holiday cartoons, click here.

December 2011 Wright eNews

A Revised Version of the Revisions

Every so often we get a project where the seemingly constant design changes don't end until the building is occupied and the builder has packed up and left the site.

November 2011 Wright eNews

I Did It Just Like You Showed

This one was inspired by my partner Scott Jones who sent me a photo of a project where the contractor thought the delta cloud on the drawings meant to cut a cloud-shaped hole through the floor slab.

October 2011 Wright eNews

And We'll Need it Yesterday

We can complete a project that's due yesterday without a lot of trouble. Getting it done much sooner than that can be a problem.

September 2011 Wright eNews

That's How It's Shown

A good set of construction documents can help make a project go smoothly. A confusing set (or a confused contractor) can cause some real trouble.

For more cartoons related to drawings and specs, click here.

August 2011 Wright eNews

You'll Have to Go Through Me

Sometimes the only way to get what you need is to go through Helen Back.

(...not to be confused with her equally helpful co-worker Helen Waite.)

July 2011 Wright eNews

It's An Engineer!

Inspiration came when our oldest son and his wife came over to play the ultrasound video of what will be our fifth grandchild. It's a boy! ...and maybe he'll follow in the footsteps of his grandpa.
June 2011 Wright eNews

Shortage of Capital

If I had a dime for every time I heard someone moan about not being able to get financing for their project, I'd have enough I could finance them myself.
May 2011 Wright eNews

Keeping Fit at the Office

This'll probably be the next big thing! I'm thinking of making an infomercial and selling it on late night TV.

April 2011 Wright eNews



Quick answer: Cupolex is a patented forming system for foundations and slabs that lowers construction costs.

Better answer: Cupolex is an aerated slab-on-grade floor system that is superior structurally; reduces quanitites of concrete, reinforcing, and fill; provides a passive under-slab ventilation system to vent radon and other harmful gases, contributes up to 5 LEED points, and can reduce construction costs by up to $10.00 a square foot or more. Click here to learn more about Cupolex.

Wright Engineers is the exclusive structural engineer for Cupolex throughout the US through its alliance with Pontarolo Engineering of Italy, developer of Cupolex, and Envirogroup Limited headquartered in Colorado.

Cupolex is a low cost way to vent harmful gases (top).

Cupolex uses ancient arch design principals, and millions of square feet of it have been in use worldwide for decades, yet some may be reluctant to consider Cupolex because it's "so new" (middle).

Design of "old school" systems uses a complicated network of piping set in gravel, a giant rubberized blanket called a "liquid boot", and a legion of electric fans to "suck" the vapor out. Cupolex eliminates all of this (bottom).

March 2011 Wright e-News

We Got Two Calls Today...

Wright Engineers is very fortunate and grateful to be busily involved in a lot of nice (and maybe a few not-so-nice) projects - but still, it doesn't take much these days to get us excited.
February 2011 Wright e-News

Still Not Voted Off...

For anyone involved in the residential housing market, the Great Recession actually began in about 2006. Though things seem to slowly be recovering, it's still a constant struggle to keep from being "voted off".
January 2011 Wright e-News