Concrete masonry inspection and testing manual released

Concrete masonry inspection and testing manual released

March 25th, 2008 by

The National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) and the International Code Council (ICC) are publishing the third edition of Inspection and Testing of Concrete Masonry Construction. Updated to reference both the 2003 and 2006 editions of the ICC’s International Building Code (IBC), the manual provides an in-depth look at masonry inspections with the use of photos, graphics, and checklists. It also includes new placement and testing information on self-consolidating grout, and provisions for continuous and periodic special inspections.

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture to design Masdars headquarters in positive energy mixed-use building

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture to design Masdars headquarters in positive energy mixed-use building

March 11th, 2008 by

Masdar has chosen Chicago architecture firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture to design its headquarters in Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City, the world’s first zero-carbon, zero-waste city fully powered by renewable energy. The headquarters will be the world’s first large-scale, mixed-use "positive energy" building, producing more energy than it consumes.

American Concrete Institute announces release of ACI 318-08

American Concrete Institute announces release of ACI 318-08

March 11th, 2008 by

The American Concrete Institute (ACI) announced the release of ACI 318-08, "Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete and Commentary" and offers a summary of the incorporated changes. ACI 318 contains the latest code requirements for concrete building design and construction alongside the corresponding commentary, and includes several improvements and changes from the 2005 edition.

New sustainable analysis tool

New sustainable analysis tool

March 11th, 2008 by

Below is a Q&A discussion with Phil Bernstein, vice president, Industry Strategy and Relations, Autodesk AEC Solutions.

Q: At the 2007 Greenbuild conference, you unveiled a prototype of a new sustainable analysis tool. What exactly is the sustainability analysis dashboard?

A: The sustainability analysis dashboard is the first result of Autodesk’s collaboration with the U.S. Green Building Council. It’s an assertion about how the future of digital design in the sustainable world might look.

Message from the editor

Message from the editor

March 11th, 2008 by

In the current marketplace, business moves quickly! Professionals such as you have come to expect timely, targeted information relevant to your business to be delivered in a variety of ways—including electronically. In response to your needs, we have created Structural Connection.

Apply now for the Best Firms To Work For ranking

Apply now for the Best Firms To Work For ranking

March 6th, 2008 by

Applications are now being accepted for the 2008 Best Firms To Work For rankings. Civil engineering, structural engineering, environmental service, and architecture firms have opportunity to participate in the newly expanded program hosted by ZweigWhite’s CE News, Structural Engineer, and Environmental Business Journal. The application deadline is April 4, 2008. Details are available at www.bestfirmsummit.com.

Post-Tensioning Institute announces 2008 conference and exhibition

Post-Tensioning Institute announces 2008 conference and exhibition

March 3rd, 2008 by

The seventh annual conference is to be held May 4-6 at the Hyatt Regency at Union Station in St. Louis.

Structural engineers help to create a living roof for the new California Academy of Sciences

Structural engineers help to create a living roof for the new California Academy of Sciences

March 3rd, 2008 by

Team members created the visually striking and environmentally friendly roof assembly recently constructed atop the new California Academy of Sciences building in Golden Gate Park.

Autodesk acquires Robobat

Autodesk acquires Robobat

March 3rd, 2008 by

Autodesk, Inc., has completed the acquisition of Robobat for approximately $42.5 million subject to a working capital adjustment.

2030 cement consumption to reach 183 million annual metric tons

2030 cement consumption to reach 183 million annual metric tons

March 3rd, 2008 by

By 2030 the U.S. population is expected to reach 363.5 million persons. Supplying the needed housing, buildings, and roads will lead to a 43-percent growth in U.S. cement consumption by that year.

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