Creating & Maintaining FE mesh for Structural Designs: There’s a better way!

February 6th, 2017 by

More and more civil and structural engineers are being asked to work iteratively with designers and architects.  As timelines shrink, the efficiencies required to complete complex projects become more important.

One of the most time-consuming aspects of complex projects is that of creating, generating and maintaining the project’s finite element (FE) mesh.  Typically, a process that requires trial and error, this tedious process can zap an engineer’s productivity while limiting the amount of time available for more important design decisions.

In this free webinar, the speaker will show how SCIA Engineer makes creating an accurate finite element (FE) mesh more efficient by allowing the software to take on the process of mesh refinement.

In this webcast you will learn the following:

  • Automatically generate the mesh in SCIA based on global settings
  • Apply various local mesh refinement options including around nodes, at edges and on whole surfaces
  • Use automatic mesh refinement (based on applied load) to create an accurate and error free mesh
  • Utilize result tools such as averaging and integration strips to fine tune the results reported from the finite element (FE) mesh

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SCIA

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IECA 2017 Environmental Connection

January 23rd, 2017 by

International Erosion Control Association’s Annual Conference for the erosion, sediment control, and stormwater industry combines training and technical sessions with a product and technology exhibition.

https://www.eventscribe.com/2017/enviroconnect

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Forensics Engineering Conference

January 23rd, 2017 by

Focus on lessons learned from hurricanes, building envelopes, structural failures, foundation issues, and other case studies.

http://executive.engr.utexas.edu/epd/forensics17.php

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The Principals Academy 2.0

January 23rd, 2017 by

Crash course in all aspects of managing a professional service firm, including an expanded focus on business development, strategic planning, and financial management.

The Principals Academy

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Roundabout Fastest Path, Fastest Speeds, and Speed Consistency Calculations as per NCHRP 672 and TORUS

January 13th, 2017 by

One primary influence on the safety performance of a Modern Roundabout are the speeds at which vehicles will travel within the facility. This webinar focuses on the analysis tools and method provided by the NCHRP Guideline to evaluate speed, and then looks at how speed-informed design can be accomplished in the TORUS Roundabouts software.

In this webcast you will learn the following:

· Learn about the five Critical Path Radii, and specifically what Fastest Path is.

· Understand what speed consistency is and why it is important.

· Learn about TORUS’ methodology for approximation of fastest path.

· Watch how TORUS can be used to check fastest path on manually generated roundabout designs, and also how speed-informed geometric design is performed.

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Professional Development Series Sponsor:
Transoft Solutions

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Streamline traffic studies with OpenRoads ConceptStation and PTV VISSIM

December 20th, 2016 by

Discover why combining OpenRoads ConceptStation with PTV VISSIM provides a competitive advantage for creating and presenting traffic planning. Use OpenRoads ConceptStation to easily model existing conditions and multiple proposed options including road, bridge, intersection, and complex interchange, then seamlessly transfer this information to VISSIM for traffic analysis and then back into ConceptStation for 3D traffic visualization. This will save you hours of work for any traffic analysis studies.

Join the webinar to learn how to utilize the two top design and traffic engineering platforms to begin your projects with real-world data, rapid conceptual designs, and traffic planning and analysis. Engineers and designers can evaluate more options during the planning and pre-bid stage of the project.

In this webcast you will learn the following:

· How to explore design alternatives with cost analysis to identify high-cost and high-risk items.

· How to simulate traffic patterns and their interactions in one model.

· How to create detailed traffic computations results for different scenarios.

· How real-time rendering enlivens designs with immersive visualization.

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Professional Development Series Sponsor:
Bentley – Architecture and Engineering Software Solutions

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Hazard Pay: How to Protect Profits from the Digital Data Explosion

December 15th, 2016 by

Emails, transmittals, submittals, RFIs, field reports, punch lists and other forms of project information flood an engineer’s workday. Time spent managing information steals time from design and client service. Paper documents and manual tracking are no longer up to the task. Fortunately, just as software is to blame for generating so much data, it’s also capable of managing the information explosion. In this complimentary webcast, two engineers describe how their companies are mitigating the risks that come with unprecedented quantities of project information.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the ways the information explosion exposes your firm to risk
  • Discover improved ways to collaborate, whether between offices or with architects, consultants and clients
  • See how to replace paper with complete, searchable, all-digital project information
  • Learn best practices for leveraging process and technology together to mitigate risk

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Professional Development Series Sponsor:
Newforma

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Stormwater Storage Facility and Rainwater Harvesting – A Community Partnership

December 15th, 2016 by

Join us for this webcast addressing best practices for rainwater harvesting and stormwater storage design.  Paul Siegfried, P.E., CFM, CPESC, Assistant Water Resources Dept. Manager for Baxter & Woodman, and Kelly Hamill, Director of Public Works for the Village of Northbrook, will present a case study on a rainwater harvesting and stormwater storage facility in Northbrook, IL.

Project Description

The Village of Northbrook’s Wescott Park project creatively combines green infrastructure with large-scale flood mitigation. In order to alleviate recurring flooding in the Village’s Sunset Fields Subdivision, the Village constructed a 23.7-acre foot underground stormwater storage facility in Wescott Park. With funding assistance provided by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, a rainwater harvesting system was added to the project which utilizes stored stormwater to irrigate the park’s north ball field. Harvested water is filtered and treated to provide safe irrigation water meeting Illinois Department of Public Health water quality standards. System controls obtain available weather forecast data and automatically drain down stored water prior to significant storm events, ensuring that the maximum stormwater storage volume is available when it is needed the most.

Successful planning and execution of the project required a community partnership. The north half of Wescott Park is owned by the Park District, while the south half is located within the Wescott Elementary School’s property. Both the Park District and the School rely on use of the park’s ballfields and are impacted by any extended loss of use.  Public outreach was instrumental in gaining support for the project, and coordination among the Village, the Park District, the School, and residents was essential for successful design and construction.

Learning objectives:

1. Understand how collaboration, negotiation, and public outreach can be critical components of completing a project which will benefit the community.

2. Review design considerations for underground stormwater detention facilities, and learn how to solve site constraints while maximizing potential land use.

3. Recognize opportunities to incorporate green infrastructure into stormwater detention design.

4. See how real time monitoring and weather forecast data can be utilized in a rainwater harvesting system to provide dual use storage volume.

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Professional Development Series Sponsor:
StormTrap

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The Value Of Intelligent 3D Bridge BIM In Transportation Projects

November 15th, 2016 by

Learning Objectives

Using intelligent 3D BIM processes and technology in bridge projects enhances communication among project stakeholders, increases productivity, improves safety, reduces time and cuts costs. BIM processes provide increased effective collaboration, which drives enhanced decision making. By using integrated technology tools and processes that enable 3D Bridge BIM design and construction to be optimized, costs can be reduced, schedules shortened, rework minimized, and productivity, quality and safety enhanced. 3D models help identify conflicts and resolve them virtually before they’re encountered on the job site, and allows project teams to better control risk by enhancing agility through the virtual process. Join this webcast to learn from industry experts!

In this webcast you will learn:

  • Learn how to create an intelligent 3D bridge model within the context of an overall transportation project
  • Gain insight from a contractor’s perspective of 3D models in bridge construction
  • Enhance your knowledge on 3D rebar detailing for bridges
  • Stay up-to-date with the latest innovations in bridge modeling, design, and analysis software

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Professional Development Series Sponsor:
Bentley – Architecture and Engineering Software Solutions

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Performance Validation and Specification Strategies

November 3rd, 2016 by

When writing specifications for civil projects, the primary objective for the engineer of record should be to ensure that the completed project performs in accordance with the design requirements. It is therefore critical to understand how the parameters specified for products and materials relate to their performance in the constructed project. For many materials, there are standard tests available to evaluate key properties that relate directly to accepted design methods. However, in some cases, this approach is inadequate because there is not a direct link between specific material properties and performance. This session will discuss concepts for performance specifications that can address these issues and ensure design integrity.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review various types of specifications for civil projects and their applicability to different types of products and materials, with examples to illustrate.
  2. Review the criteria for determining when a specification based on material property testing is appropriate.
  3. Examine alternative means of performance validation that can provide the engineer of record assurance that the project will perform as expected.
  4. Discuss the advantages and limitations of performance-based specifications compared to conventional materials and methods specifications.

Speakers

Branden Reall
Manager
Tensar
Bryan Gee
Director of Marketing
Tensar
Bob Drake
Editor, Civil+Structural Engineer
Zweig Group

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