STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS

If Design Professionals are interested in specifying the Mudskipper System on a project, we recommend they email and/or call Tyler McFarlin with McFarlin Construction Services at jacktylermcfarlin@gmail.com (Mobile:  915-276-5416).  Tyler will be able to provide guidance on economical specification and design.  Tyler can even provide a draft set of shop drawings showing the details of the Mudskipper System.  The cost of McFarlin Construction Services providing technical assistance and preparing the Initial Mudskipper Plan will be paid by VoidForm.  If the project will utilize the Mudskipper System, this cost will be included inVoidForm's total cost of Mudskipper System components for each project.  

Customizing for each project, Tyler will provide suggested specifications and typical details for drawings that fit each project.  Because the Mudskipper System isolates the plumbing, the sequence of installation is different than with non-isolated void systems and it is important that the Structural Engineer provides specifications and typical details that accompany the Mechanical Engineers specifications and typical details.  If the structural elements associated with the Mudskipper System are not specified, such as the design of soil retaining walls, VoidForm will not have the direction is needs to bid a project.  Refer to the Structural page on this website for additional information.

It is essential that Structural Engineers understand that conventional wisdom associated with economical design of under-slab plumbing layout does not always apply with the Mudskipper System because the Mudskipper System isolates the plumbing.  And, it is essential that Structural Engineers understand that VoidForm will need to issue Minimum Required Order drawings (essentially shop drawings) BEFORE PROVIDING QUOTES TO BIDDERS.  A poorly-designed layout, poor coordination between engineering disciplines, and issuing designs or significant modifications by addenda can all cause significant increases in the cost of the Mudskipper System on a project.  Therefore, we recommend contacting Tyler in the Design Development phase before a foundation type, an initial under-floor plumbing plan and site utility layout are developed.  We also recommend allowing Tyler to perform a review of the drawings when the Architect is perfoming their final Quality Control.