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News and announcements about specific structures and buildings, and related structural engineering news.

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Latest Wirth Research CFD project announced as a finalist for global architectural award

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) nominated Wirth Research as a finalist for its Innovation award. Presented in Chicago later this year, the CTBUH award recognizes breakthroughs in design or construction that take the design process of tall buildings to a new level. Through the application of high-resolution computational fluid dynamics (CFD), Wirth Research has become a world leader in the analysis of wind loads for the structural design of tall buildings.

Hexagon PPM acquires Plant Design Solutions

Hexagon PPM acquired Plant Design Solutions (PDS), a Houston-based software and services distributor. With this announcement, the CADWorx & Analysis Solutions group, part of Hexagon PPM, will transition to a U.S. direct sales model during the first quarter of 2018.

WBDG Whole Building Design Guide celebrates 20 years

On Jan. 11, 2018, attendees at the National Institute of Building Sciences’ annual FEDCon Breakfast learned about the WBDG Whole Building Design Guide and joined in the celebration of its 20th anniversary. The Institute’s online research site, WBDG hosts federal design specifications and criteria, as well as education programs, design recommendations and case studies.

Prestressed concrete could create stronger bridges with longer spans

The state of Texas has more bridges than any other state in the nation, with more than 50,000 total. Maintaining structurally sound, shorter- and longer-span bridges was the driving force in two collaborative projects recently completed by Texas A&M University professor Mary Beth Hueste and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).

Registration now open for 2018 NASCC: The Steel Conference in Baltimore

If you're involved in the design or construction of steel buildings or bridges, NASCC: The Steel Conference is the premiere opportunity to immerse yourself in the latest design concepts, construction techniques and cutting-edge research while engaging with thousands of industry professionals.

AT&T offers structure monitoring for railways and roadways

AT&T is testing a new structure monitoring solution that will help improve the safety of roadways and railways. This comes in addition to its smart cities work with several U.S. spotlight cities and its recently launched digital infrastructure solution.

Thornton Tomasetti opens office in Tampa

Thornton Tomasetti continues to grow its presence in Florida with the opening of a new office in Tampa. This marks the firm’s third location in the state, and will complement established offices in Miami and Fort Lauderdale. The Tampa office will be led by Vice President David Fusco, P.E., LEED AP.

NIBS report shows how society benefits when buildings can withstand natural disasters

The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) issued Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: 2017 Interim Report, more than a decade after releasing its original report on the same topic and only days after the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) declared 2017 the costliest year on record for weather and climate disasters.

Report: Christchurch shifts from concrete to steel in post-earthquake rebuild

A University at Buffalo engineering professor co-authored a report with potential significant impacts on how modern cities may be reconstructed following earthquakes. “Reconstructing Christchurch: A Seismic Shift in Building Structural System” is a 170-page report that details the reconstruction of Christchurch, the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, following the 2010-11 earthquake series that shut down the city’s central business district for years.
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