Non-destructive Testing and Diagnostics

Vertical Access utilizes non-destructive testing and diagnostic techniques to better understand existing conditions and deterioration. Borescope and Fiber Optics Infrared Thermography In Situ Material Characterization Monitoring Systems Installation Ultrasonic Thickness Gauge Wall Tie Locator and Rebar Locator Borescope and Fiber-Optics A borescope is an optical device consisting of a rigid or flexible tube with an […]

UAV (drone) Surveys

At Vertical Access, we go to great lengths—and heights—to help you gather meaningful data about your project’s site conditions. Our UAV services bring together the expertise of our FAA certified drone pilots, architectural conservators, engineers and historians to investigate buildings and infrastructure. In areas that are impossible to access safely, high resolution photographs and video […]

Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University

New Haven, CT Vertical Access was retained by Durkee, Brown Viveiros & Werenfels Architects to perform an infrared thermography survey of the Wall Street façade of the Sterling Memorial Library on the campus of Yale University. VA’s survey was part of a water testing program designed by Robert Silman Associates to locate the source of […]

Buffalo State College

Buffalo, NY Rockwell, Ketchum, Bacon, Theater Arts, Upton, South Wing, Twin Rise The original quadrangle of the current Buffalo State College campus is formed by Rockwell, Ketchum and Bacon Halls and the Theater Arts Building. These four buildings were designed in 1928 as the first buildings of the new campus. All four buildings have load-bearing […]

Reaching a Wide Variety of Audiences about the Ups and Downs of Drones

The rise of the development of drones and their game-changing potential to advance applications for commercial use in the building industry is huge.  We’ve been working to stay abreast of opportunities and advances since first recognizing the value these new tools bring to our work. Vertical Access holds a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) 333 Exemption […]

Exterior Conditions Investigation at the Fire Island Lighthouse

The week of October 5, 2015 was a busy one at the Fire Island Lighthouse on the Great South Bay of Long Island, NY.  In addition to several 4th grade school groups climbing the 192 steps to reach the top of the lighthouse each day, a team of consultants working with the National Park Service […]

APT Annual Conference in Kansas City

Earlier this month, Kent Diebolt, Evan Kopelson and Kristen Olson attended the Association for Preservation Technology International annual conference in Kansas City, Missouri. APT is a cross-disciplinary member organization promoting the best technology for conserving historic structures and their settings. The conference theme was Convergence of People and Places—Diverse Technologies and Practices. The diverse technologies were on […]

Who is Buried in Grant’s Tomb? *

Once one of the most popular attractions in New York City, today Grant’s Tomb is off the beaten track tread by most visitors to Manhattan.  Constructed with the assistance of donations from 90,000 people totaling $600,000, the most money raised for a public monument at the time, the structure later suffered from neglect and fell […]