Structures + Buildings

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

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Paper tubes make stiff origami structures

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Tokyo have developed a new zippered tube configuration that makes paper structures that are stiff enough to hold weight yet can fold flat for easy shipping and storage. Their method could be applied to other thin materials, such as plastic or metal, to transform structures from furniture to buildings to microscopic robots.

Registration opens for Short Course on Cold-Formed Steel Structures

The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), in cooperation with the Wei-Wen Yu Center for Cold-Formed Steel Structures at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, is co-sponsoring the 24th Short Course on Cold-Formed Steel Structures in St. Louis, Oct. 27-29, 2015.

Katrina response: Products, resources to help build safer, stronger structures

This week marks 10 years since Hurricane Katrina, one of the most devastating natural disasters in U.S. history, battered the Gulf Coast. The lessons learned from this storm have led to significant efforts to rebuild stronger homes and buildings that are more resilient to flooding and high winds.

Efficient Design Drawings

Important changes in the National CAD Standard Version 6 improve project delivery. By Ed Lowe Version 6 of the United States National CAD Standard (NCS) has...

AISI to co-sponsor 24th Short Course on Cold-Formed Steel Structures

The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), in cooperation with the Wei-Wen Yu Center for Cold-Formed Steel Structures at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, is co-sponsoring the 24th Short Course on Cold-Formed Steel Structures in St. Louis, Oct. 27-29, 2015.

UB professor considers trip to Nepal with research team to study performance of building...

After an earthquake hit California in 1933, unreinforced masonry structures were banned. These types of structures, according to Andreas Stavridis, University at Buffalo assistant professor of civil, structural and environmental engineering, can have a very sudden and brittle failure. They also make up about 60 percent of the buildings in Nepal where the earthquake hit.

New headquarters features tension fabric structures

South Haven, Minn. Legacy Building Solutions, a designer, manufacturer and installer of tension fabric buildings, constructed and opened a new corporate office at its headquarters in South Haven, Minn. The framework of the new facility utilizes the same structural steel design featured on all Legacy buildings, complete with a polyethylene roof, fabric roof liner and insulation. Legacys distinctive architectural expertise is also on full display in the form of a large fabric awning positioned over a vestibule at the main entrance.

Professor seeks to improve steel structures via geometrical cutouts

Blacksburg, Va. While working as a structural engineer in California, Matthew Eatherton saw myriad ways the steel industry could break from century-old methods and delve into the then-burgeoning fields of subtractive and additive manufacturing the later commonly referred to as 3D printing and improve building performance. Now an assistant professor with Virginia Techs Charles E. Via Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Eatherton will be using a five-year, $500,000 National Science Foundation CAREER Award to research how steel plates with carefully designed geometric patterns or voids cut into them can better withstand everyday loads and extreme events high winds, blast or shock from an earthquake than the standard solid steel plates currently used.

Investment in nonresidential structures expands moderately in fourth quarter

Washington, D.C. Real gross domestic product (GDP) expanded 2.6 percent (seasonally adjusted annual rate) during the fourth quarter of 2014, following a 5 percent increase in the third quarter, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis Jan. 30 release. Nonresidential fixed investment grew by only 1.9 percent after expanding 8.9 percent in the third quarter. Investment in equipment declined 1.9 percent, while investment in nonresidential structures increased 2.6 percent.

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