For September 2005
Spectra Engineering, Architecture and Surveying, P.C.-headquartered in Latham, N.Y.-appointed Mark W. Olstad, P.E., to head the firms’ structural engineering practice. Olstad becomes director of structural engineering as Spectra enlarges its client and project base for major structural projects. The newly created position meets the firm’s growing practice in this area.TLC Engineering for Architecture recently promoted […]
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.
Letters to the Editor
Keep it coming I have been working as a project engineer for my current company for a little over 8 years. I would just like to take a few minutes to compliment and thank you for publishing the many articles from S.K. Ghosh on earthquake loads, including Code Simple, in Structural Engineer magazine. Please keep […]
Civil engineerings role in asset management
Aging infrastructure is a major concern to many Americans and certainly to our elected officials. Of course, the costs to maintain, rehabilitate, replace, or even build new infrastructure is no surprise to civil engineers. However, the general public isn’t as well informed, so decisions to spend can be unpopular, and this fact can impede progress toward more dependable, efficient, facilities. Truth be told, many elected officials and governing bodies aren’t well informed either, typically because of insufficient data, not unawareness.
Managing data from 3-D laser scanners
Today, 3-D laser scanning technology is able to deliver robust data for civil engineering projects that are under construction or are complete. In addition to the spatial data expected from a survey, laser scanners are providing information such as true color (giving the impression of seeing a picture of the project in 3-D), returned laser intensity (which is the amount of light captured by the instrument, helping to depict the scene), and project management data (including location, date and time information, technicians’ names, weather conditions, and scanner position).
The Zweig Letter Hot Firm 2005 List
For the sixth year in a row, The Zweig Letter, aweekly newsletter, has ranked the fastest-growing architecture, engineering, and environmental consulting firms. And the results should encourage all firms that have faced the economic instabilities of the past few years: Firms can grow their businesses in this climate. Some notable firms have doubled – or even tripled – their gross revenue from 2001 to 2004.