RCB Elevator Consulting, LLC

Elevator Consulting Firm

"I’ve worked professionally with Ronald Eddington, Eddington Engineering, Inc., going back to the 1990s when I was a project manager with U.S. Elevator Corp., which later became part of Thyssenkrupp Elevator Corp.  We used Ron’s structural engineering services extensively for California OSHPD hospital and DSA school projects, which required full detailing and certification of all structural and seismic elements over 40 lbs.

 

When I started my own consultancy, RCB Elevator Consulting, LLC, in 1999, Ron and I collaborated on countless projects where often unique elevator design solutions required creative but solid structural engineering.  We specialized in the more complex elevator alterations, such as basement winding drum to basement or overhead traction systems.  Seismic upgrades to existing deficient guiderail systems as mandated due to increased loading or to meet current code are among the most challenging of projects.  Ron and I invented the Low-Profile Fishplate™ , a series of the thinnest available seismic guiderail splice available on the market, so as to be able to seismically retrofit rail stacks that were otherwise too close to the hoistway wall.  We pioneered the “ladder” method of reinforcing deficient rail section with a simple shop fabricated, hoist in place and clamp solution, which wouldn’t interfere with the splice sections and greatly reduced field installation labor. 

A hallmark of Eddington Engineering, Inc. is the appreciation for the true cost of elevator work, which is invariably field labor.  Few engineering firms understand the importance of installability, especially when concerning retrofit of existing equipment.  Understanding the issues of field welding in existing hoistways, tool access in confined spaces, the requirements of work progress of assemble – all require a different way of thinking.  Another failing of many engineers is the element of material efficiency.  To understand our industry, which is unlike any other, is to know the code, the prescribed design criteria, factors of safety, etc. and to design efficiently to that standard.  Ron ascribes to the principle of the “right design” which requires doing the necessary calculations and not taking the lazy and wasteful path of overdesigning.

I have to say in closing, I could not do what I do without Ron and his great work.  And now that he is expanding his engineering team, passing on his unique wisdom, his work capacity no longer lags his great abilities.  I cannot recommend Eddington Engineering, Inc. more highly."

Richard C Blaska
Principal
RCB Elevator Consulting, LLC