Simplifying the Code
Early editions of the three model codes contained complete structural design provisions for load determination as well as material-specific structural design requirements for concrete, masonry, steel, and wood structures. During the past 20 years, the model building codes increasingly began to rely on national consensus standards for load determination and material-specific structural design requirements.
Ask any physician why he or she went into medicine and you likely will hear a response within the realm of wanting to help people” or hoping to make the world a better place.” Ask any engineer why he or she studied engineering and you may hear something more similar to I like to solve problems” or I was good in math.”
Sustainable by design
In 2001, RadioShack – to create an environment that would encourage teamwork, efficiency, and innovation – sought to move employees from a traditional urban high-rise to a modern, horizontal campus-style headquarters with open floor plans. Like many corporate relocations, this could have meant moving from the heart of the city to the outlying suburbs – and in turn, having a detrimental impact on the central city.
Counting the costs of going green
The business of structural engineering can be green from two perspectives, profit and environmental integrity.This Structural Engineer Special Report describes important business considerations, recaps a sustainable design project, and lists green products to help you serve your clients sustainable solutions and to keep your business green on both fronts.
Software scores points
At Brittingham & Associates, Structural Engineers in Norcross, Ga., time is almost always in short supply. In fact, half of their projects – most often schools, office buildings, or hotels in the $10 million to $50 million range – are fast tracked, with turn-around times as short as a few months or weeks.
Epoxy joint sealer Durall Industial Flooring offers its 100-percent solid epoxy and color quartz to epoxy together the expansion joints between slabs. The epoxyquartz filler levels the rut between slabs, thus eliminating the vibration, wear, and structural damage that would otherwise be caused by moving equipment. The quartz-epoxy mix withstands test strengths of 22,000 psi. […]
For November 2005
LBYD, Inc., a consulting civil and structural engineering firm in Birmingham, Ala., recently announced the promotion of structural engineers Monica Maxwell and Prabhu Sundaram to project engineer. Maxwell received her bachelor’s in civil engineering from Auburn University and her master’s in civil engineering from the University of Colorado. Sundaram received his bachelor’s in civil engineering […]
Even in Las Vegas – a city known for extravagance and excess – developers are always looking for ways to cut construction costs. Cary Kopczynski and Company, Inc. P.S. (CKC), a Bellevue, Wash.-based structural engineering firm, is contributing significantly to the bottom line of a new $415 million, 1.25 million-square-foot condominium tower well before construction has even started.
Sustainable design hits the mainstream or not?
I just conducted an admittedly unscientific study to gauge the popularity of sustainable design in civil engineering and to determine whether or not we should still consider this an emerging” field, service, and concept. By searching on Google for sustainable design and civil engineering,” I found 5 million results in about 1/4 of a second.
An eye toward the future of civil engineering
The day-to-day job of a civil engineer hasn’t changed much since the Romans built roads, harbors, and aqueducts across Europe. The job is still about serving a client and helping them to realize their ideas, whether the project involves one square block or spans a continent.
Shaping a leadership team
Vision, insight, skill, and stamina are the hallmarks of superior leaders, but those qualities alone do not make for great leadership. Absent a high-quality leadership team, such attributes often are squandered. Failure to build, align, and inspire a team will prevent a good leader from ever becoming a great one.
The straight scoop on ESOPs
Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) are nothing new in the engineering industry. ESOPs have been around in one form or another since 1974 when provisions to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act allowed for retirement plans that invested in employers’ stock. However, it wasn’t until the mid-1980s that ESOPs really became popular. At this time, newly created tax incentives made these plans financially effective, particularly as a structure for leveraged buy-outs.
Project Case Study: Alternative approach
Sunserra at Crescent Bar is a resort community of 207 individual and clustered residential homes bordering a new golf course. It is located on the Columbia River in Quincy, Wash., on a dogleg portion of Crescent Bar surrounded by steep basalt cliffs. The golf course was designed in the center of the development, separating the singlefamily homes.
Sustainable design challenge
Voted one of the Ten Best New Public Golf Courses” by Travel and Leisure Golf magazine, the Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club is nestled among rolling hills in South Orange County, Calif. Fanned by gentle canyon breezes, golfers play the 240-acre, pristine, park-like course with the soothing sounds of Trabuco Creek in the background.