Structures + Buildings

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

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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.

Steel plate Shear walls

Study analyzes Seismic Force Resisting Systems for steel structures in high seismic regions. By Tyler B. Sease, P.E. The Seismic Force Resisting Systems typically utilized for...

AISI to co-sponsor 22nd International Specialty Conference on Cold-Formed Steel Structures

Washington, D.C. 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 in Rolla, Mo., is a co-sponsor of the 22nd International Specialty Conference on Cold-Formed Steel Structures 2014. This years conference will be held on Nov. 5-6, 2014, at the Hilton at the Ballpark Hotel in St. Louis. A total of 1.6 continuing education or 16 professional development hour (PDH) units will be available for participants.

CFSEI to host free webinar on results of seismic testing on multi-story cold-formed steel...

Washington, D.C. The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) will host a free webinar on CFS-NEES: Putting Cold-Formed Steel Framing to the Test on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The webinar will cover the significant, game-changing results of a three-year research project designed to increase the safety of buildings that use lightweight cold-formed steel for their primary framing during a seismic event. The webinar is designed for architects, engineers, building officials and contractors. Participants are eligible for 1.5 Professional Development Hours.

The Great Boston Molasses Tank Failure of 1919

A structural and metallurgical perspective of design practices at the time and fracture evidence based on current understanding. By Ronald A. Mayville, Ph.D., P.E. On Wednesday,...

Eco Building Products enters into letter of intent for joint venture with Steelhead Structures

VISTA, Calif. Eco Building Products, Inc., the manufacturer of Eco Red Shield treated wood products that protect against fire and mold, announced it has entered into a letter of intent to establish a joint venture with Steelhead Structures, based in Calgary, Alberta. Under the terms of the Letter of Intent (LOI), the Company and Steelhead will create a joint venture named Eco Red Shield Canada, Ltd (ERSC), which will be established as part of the Company's emerging affiliate program.

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