Transportation vs. fun
I’ve had a number of engineer-readers of Structural Engineer and its sister publication, CE News, write in to ask about my ’35 Ford pickup in the picture above. It was a drivable but half-finished project when I bought it from a friend. It had a Buick V6 in it at the time — barely any […]
Editor’s note:The following letter was sent to Structural Engineer editor-in-chief Dan Cuoco in response to an article titled “Performance-based earthquake engineering,” by Tyler B. Sease in the February, 2013, issue of Structural Engineer. We reproduce the letter in its entirety below due to its relevance. Nonlinear uncertaintyDear Mr. Cuoco,As structural engineers engaged both in the […]
Profiling structural engineers
I occasionally receive emails from our readers asking what criteria we use to select the engineers profiled in our cover stories. Sometimes the email will suggest a possible candidate, and some of these suggested individuals have appeared on our cover. Our primary goal is to highlight the career of an engineering leader so that other […]
Sustainable tall wood arrives
The Austrian green building firm CREE GmbH has opened its U.S. operations in San Francisco, CREE Buildings. The company’s innovative timber and concrete hybrid technology enables architects to design tall wood buildings up to 30 stories that can be erected as quickly as a story a day. Known as the LifeCycle Tower (LCT) system, CREE’s […]
How’s your memory?
I’ve always been fascinated by people who have photographic memories and/or the capacity to recall the minutest of details or facts. Among those who had no problem memorizing entire books and intricate parts of their early childhoods were Nikola Tesla and Kim Peek. Tesla is the Serbian-American electrical engineering genius who first mastered alternating current, […]
Climate reality: A structural engineering challenge
There is a growing amount of evidence that climate change is occurring during our lifetimes and that human activities, principally the combustion of fossil fuels, is the driving force. The media has disseminated a large amount of information, much of which is unsubstantiated, leading to diverse anecdotal and speculative opinions. Our role as engineers compels […]
How to study for and pass the SE Exam
Second of a two-part seriesIn this article, the authors discuss the format, requirements, benefits, and challenges of the new, two-day, 16-hour-long licensing exam for structural engineers (commonly called the SE Exam). In addition, the authors provide direct recommendations to exam applicants on ways to prepare for the exam (including a list of recommended references), as […]
Seismic assessment, repair, and strengthening of historic buildings —” Is it any different?
Model code seismic provisions that govern historic buildings are quite different from the provisions governing new construction and non-historic existing construction. The International Code Council (ICC) has been making steady progress toward formalizing the significantly different engineering approaches applicable to these different classes of buildings. As readers of this publication will know, two of the […]