Structures + Buildings

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

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PennDOT, Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners to open 390th bridge

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and its development partner, Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP), expect to finish the 2017 construction season with the opening of its 390th bridge this week. When this multi-year project is completed, PennDOT will have replaced 558 structurally deficient bridges with its Rapid Bridge Replacement Project.

NHERI develops roadmap for natural hazards engineering research

Natural hazard engineers now have a roadmap for research. Development of this five-year plan was spearheaded by the NSF-funded Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI), a distributed, multi-user, nation-wide organization that provides the community with state-of-the-art research infrastructure.
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MnDOT releases St. Croix River Crossing time lapse video

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) released a time lapse video showing construction of the St. Croix River Crossing, which opened to traffic in August 2017.

SF War Memorial Veterans Building awarded LEED Gold certification with assist from Thornton Tomasetti

The San Francisco War Memorial Veterans Building, regarded as one of the finest examples of Beaux Arts architecture and civic design in the U.S., was recently awarded LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Thornton Tomasetti provided LEED certification consulting to the City of San Francisco for the building as part of a $156-million seismic upgrade and modernization program.

ASCE’s Standard 41 updates guidance on building retrofit in earthquake zones

Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit of Existing Buildings, Standard ASCE/SEI 41-17, describes deficiency-based and systematic procedures that use performance-based principles to evaluate and retrofit existing buildings to withstand the effects of earthquakes.

SCIA releases SCIA Engineer 17.1

SCIA released SCIA Engineer 17.1, a new version of structural analysis and design software that extends the functionalities introduced in SCIA Engineer 17.

U.S. housing starts and permits for November exceeded expectations

According to Scott Volling, principal, PwC, “Housing starts and permits for November both exceeded consensus estimates, boosted by the highest number of single family starts since September of 2007."

Fugro completes deep foundation testing for Dubai Creek Tower

Fugro has played a key role in the ground engineering of the Dubai Creek Tower, a vast slender structure that will comprise a central concrete column supported by a network of steel cable stays.

Temporary detour bridge expected to decrease project timeline

Acrow Bridge, a leading international bridge engineering and supply company, provided the Indiana DOT (INDOT) a temporary detour bridge that is being used on US Route 41 over the Cheatam Slough in Evansville, Ind. The use of the rental bridge is expected to decrease the project timeline by an entire year, allowing for cost savings and far less inconvenience to the public.
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