Developments among structural engineering professionals.
The International Code Council’s 2003 International Building Code (IBC) Section 1604.5 specifies the Importance Factors defined in Table 1604.5 for snow, wind, and seismic loads.
Legal advice from our expert advisor, Michael J. Baker, Esq.
Sixty-four percent of structural engineers are not familiar with the term building information modeling, referred to as BIM. Spurred by questions from the industry, we wanted to examine the topic in detail.
Prefabricated wood shear panels offer a good answer to the question, "How can I get higher shear capacity so my design can resist high wind loads without adversely affecting the architectural features of the building?"
Letters to the Editor for September 2006
In many communities, officials placard and mark structures after inspections. But, what are those colored placards and spray painted X’s that adorn buildings after a disaster? Our authors describe the use of these markings.
Structural Engineer surveyed readers soliciting answers to the question: As repair and re-building continues in the Gulf Coast region, what do you believe government agencies should mandate to protect structures?
Building information modeling (BIM) is receiving some much-deserved attention recently. If you have not heard of the trend or do not understand the concept, rest assured; you are not alone, and you still have time to catch up.
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