Title-holder structure built with playing cards
A record-breaking "skyscraper" built with playing cards? Strange, but true! Currently listed by Guinness World Records as the World’s Tallest House of Cards, the amazing 25-foot, 9-7/16-inch-high playing-card edifice (now demolished) contained 1,060 decks of cards, weighed 151 pounds, stood 89 "vertical card" stories high, and took one month to build.
Sunshade canopy attaches with ease—Lindapter girder clamps connect canopy at Target Field
The Minnesota Twins’ future ballpark, Target Field, is scheduled for completion in 2010. This architecturally stunning new park promises to be one of the most unique and spectacular parks in all of Major League Baseball. It’s most impressive architectural feature is the sunshade canopy, which boasts to be one of the largest in baseball. The canopy soffit is attached to the primary structural steel with the use of the Lindapter Girder Clamp Type LR.
Exciting and robust enhancements
Similar to most of you, as the economy slowed, the publishers of Structural Engineer took a look at our offerings with an eye toward improvements. We have strategized on what to fine tune, re-focus, and expand. To that end, we have incorporated several exciting and robust enhancements to Structural Engineer and www.gostructrual.com.
2009 IBC Section 1609.6: Alternate All-Heights Method
This Code Simple addresses a new provision in the 2009 International Building Code (IBC), which became available in March 2009. One of the most significant revisions to the structural provisions in this edition of the IBC is the introduction of the Alternate All-Heights Method of wind design in Section 1609.6.
Proactive BIM implementation: A small-company case study
In the business of building design, a structural engineer is often expected to be strategically proactive. But even as building information modeling (BIM) is touted as the future of the industry, many structural engineers remain hesitant to take the lead and use BIM software tools. According to our case study, there are many reasons why a newfound proactive attitude regarding BIM could benefit your firm and your clients.
Litmus tests for ethical dilemmas
Engineers are often faced with questions that go beyond structural considerations and into the sphere of ethics. Professional and technical codes and standards, as well as laws and regulations, provide a degree of guidance to help engineers navigate such situations, but for the most part, engineers are expected to exercise good judgment and discretion. Every situation tends to be unique—the engineer’s role on a project, the client’s sophistication, time, budget, scope—and this can pose challenges for engineers, particularly those who do not have extensive experience in evaluating professional practice issues. Handling an ethical dilemma well can have an enormous impact on the cost and length of the project, as well as the interests of employers, clients, other professionals, and the public.
The 9th annual compensation survey: Salaries are still climbing, although at a much slower pace
There are two sides to every story, and recent structural engineer compensation definitely has a story to tell—with two very different sides. The good news is that salaries are still climbing, although only very slightly over the previous year; the bad news is that increases in salary have slowed significantly.
In fact, overall earnings may be declining when considering decreases in annual bonuses and raises received.
Wind River Hall is designed to perform—Structural insulated panels provide green building benefits in record-setting four-story residence hall
Architects and engineers specify structural insulated panels (SIPs) in homes and light commercial buildings because of their high strength, faster construction cycle times, and sustainable design benefits, including the ability to create a tight, energy-efficient envelope; improve indoor air quality; and reduce jobsite construction waste.