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Featured Product Bridging connector The DBC drywall bridging connector is the latest innovation for cold-formed steel construction from Simpson Strong-Tie. The patent-pending design of the new DBC connector enables one- or two-screw installation, significantly reducing labor and material costs. The DBC is the first and only connector load-rated for smaller 3/4″ u-channel bridging. Designed to […]
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We’ve got some big changes underway for our magazines. As many of you are probably aware, the print media business in this country has suffered tremendously over the last five- to seven years. With more advertising moving to electronic formats, magazines and newspapers that rely on that income to print and distribute their publications have […]
Are you kidding?
When I first saw the draft title of this month’s article entitled, “Is there any risk working on a condominium design?,” my immediate reaction was: You’ve got to be kidding! I thought that the article would somehow promote the idea of working on condominium designs, but upon reading it, I realized that it was right […]
New ASTM A1085: A new dynamic for HSS
Hollow structural sections (HSS) have long been a popular structural steel section choice for engineers. For many applications, HSS are cost-effective, reliable and allow for diverse design innovations. HSS have historically been popular for use in seismic load resisting systems and dynamically loaded structures. However, research has shown that the material properties of HSS are […]
Engineering courtesyI am writing in response to Tim Garrison’s op/ed, “I cannot help you, so let me know what I can help you.” This situation described is not uncommon: an owner wants to remodel and hires new design professionals to complete the work. Oftentimes, the new design team is left to interpret old project documentation, […]
HP 41, good. Spreadsheet, better.
If I were to set college curricula, every engineering student would take a class on spreadsheets. In grad school I had to take a numeric methods class that taught computational techniques such as Newton-Raphson and splines. I’ve never used or even thought about anything from that class since. I have, however, used a spreadsheet nearly […]
Is there any risk working on a condominium design?
After many years of decline, the housing market is beginning to show improvement. Many metropolitan markets are reporting a decrease in existing residential inventory and an increase in new housing starts. Along with these increases in new housing starts, favorable interest rates are helping to further fuel residential housing demand. All this points to more […]
Advocating for resilient public policy
Recent natural disasters in Oklahoma, New York, Missouri, New Orleans and abroad underscore the need for regional discussions around resiliency and the public policy that is needed to safeguard the social, economic, and environmental sustainability of our communities. Regional planning for resiliency to natural hazards is a complex multi-disciplinary topic that requires the engagement of […]
Smart buildings: Wave of the future?
Will smart buildings – structures that indicate what’s ailing them – be the wave of the future? How about structural materials that can repair themselves, just as science fiction writers have been predicting for years? Integrated Teaching and Learning Laboratory (ITLL) at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Photo by Richard Weingardt Consultants, Inc. Sensors, […]
Can slimmer roads slim traffic too?
A typical road diet might narrow a four-lane parkway to three lanes, with one lane for each travel direction, a two-way left turn lane in the center, and bike lanes. Can narrowing a road truly improve the experience for all users? From a safety perspective, the answer is fairly easy to intuit. Narrower roads necessitate […]
Planned, ongoing, or recently completed projects and research
StrataWeb geocell, filled with excavated material and crusher run mix, confines the soil, increases the surface stiffness, and increases resistance to the displacement of the gravel surface Stabilized gravel lotThe gravel-surfaced property at Glen Raven Logistics in Altamahaw, N.C., takes daily abuse from tractor-trailer trucks coming for fuel and maintenance. The heavy loads and turning […]
We have some big changes underway for our magazines. As many of you are probably aware, the print media business in this country has suffered tremendously during the last five to seven years or so. With more advertising moving to electronic formats, magazines and newspapers that rely on that income to print and distribute their […]
Privatizing state DOT civil engineering services
During the last 20 years or so, state transportation departments increasingly have outsourced civil engineering services to private firms. (And for at least that long, the debate has raged about whether private-sector or public-sector civil engineers receive better compensation, including pay, pensions, health care, and other benefits, but that’s not the focus of this column.) […]
EIG celebrates 40 years of epoxy-coated reinforcingSCHAUMBURG, ILL. – This year, the epoxy-coated reinforcing industry celebrates 40 years of corrosion protection for steel in concrete. Since 1973, epoxy-coated reinforcing steel has been used in construction projects worldwide, especially in the United States, Canada, Japan, China, India, and the Middle East. In the United States alone, […]
PRODUCT & SOFTWARE GUIDE
Wastewater deammonification World Water Works, Inc. implemented the first DEMON sidestream deammonification system in North America. DEMON removes ammonia from wastewater in a biological process that features ammonia oxidizing bacteria, which convert half the ammonia to nitrite. A second anaerobic biological process uses Anammox bacteria to convert the combination of nitrite and remaining ammonia directly […]
Message to the world
"Men get lost sometimes, as the years unfurl" –A New York minute, by the Eagles If you read my column in the June issue (I hope!), you know I like the quote from then president Herbert Hoover about the wonders of the engineering profession. The quote actually continues as follows: "To the engineer falls the […]
That elusive QA/QC plan
Over the years we’ve received several inquiries for off-the-shelf quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) plans and manuals – typically prompted by requirements in a request for proposal (RFP). It isn’t something we sell and even though the caller is usually in a panic and I’m sorry I can’t help them out, there also isn’t […]
Avoid five recruiting faux pas
With almost 20 years of recruiting behind me, in many different industries and for some very large companies, I’ve managed to observe and catalogue a few not-so-smart recruiting practices (some of which I have been guilty). So in the spirit of allowing you to benefit from the missteps of others – and my own – […]
It’s your appendix
Imagine that you need your appendix removed and there are 500 approved ways to do it. Which would you choose? Or would you find a really good doctor and ask for recommendations and explanations, then together choose the method best suited for you? Clearly, you would choose the collaborative approach, unless you were a moron, […]
Checking all the boxes
Sometime around 2000, I became a big fan of checklists. Before that time, I didn’t think I needed them. Then I submitted a proposal missing one signed form and my firm was thrown out for being “non-responsive.” Had we been selected, it would have been our first $1 million contract as a prime. In the […]