In response to the Comment that I wrote in last month’s Structural Engineer, I received several letters from readers, who generally fell into two categories: those who agreed with and commended me on my efforts to spur structural engineers to become involved with their profession, and those who did not. However, I was struck by one reader’s opinion expressed in his letter to the editor.
Preparing for the changes
This article offers a preview of several updated provisions of interest to structural engineers that will appear in the 2006 edition of the International Code Council’s International Building Code (IBC). Not all of the updates are included in this discussion, but Table 1 provides a chapter-by-chapter overview of some noteworthy revisions. While there is still a final hearing to consider public comments, the items discussed herein have not had public comments submitted and thus likely will not be subject to further modifications at this point.
Licensed not to kill
The 1994 Northridge earthquake changed the rules on steel momentframe connections because the connections didn’t behave the way engineers were taught they should. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) acted swiftly, sponsoring the SAC Steel Building Project and publishing the FEMA 350 Report. As a result, the pre- 1994 connection was outlawed in all the building codes relating to new construction, but what about existing buildings?
Structural Engineers Roundtable
Building information modeling (BIM) – the creation of smart,” object-based models to be used by and shared with all team members during a building’s design, construction, and operation – has matured to the point of becoming a hot topic within the architectural- engineering-construction (AEC) community.