August 10, 2018

Field mockups for exterior wall systems: Will the design pass the test?

What are the risks involved with enclosure design and how can owners and designers help mitigate them? How does one verify compliance with specified performance requirements, especially for critical elements intended to protect the building from...

July 10, 2018

Designing for the Challenges of Zinc Roofing

On 15 June, Building Enclosure magazine published the article “Designing for the Challenges of Zinc Roofing,” written by Jeff Ceruti, Dan Clark, and ...

June 25, 2018

Learning from the Storm

By: Nathaniel Smith, Milan Vatovec, Dimitri Papagiannakis

Hurricane Sandy exposed inherent vulnerabilities in our infrastructure and built environment, and highlighted the...

May 18, 2018

Ahead of the Curve: Innovative Cold Bent & Insulated Glass Entry Wall

Terrence McDonnell and Connor  Bruns presented "Ahead of the Curve: Innovative Cold Bent & Insulated Glass Entry Wall" at the Challenging Glass Conference 6 on Friday, 18 May....

May 16, 2018

Evaluation of Marine Structures for Kinematic Effects

In performance-based seismic design, a marine structure is designed for inertial loading effects associated with the dynamic response of the structure. Some waterfront structures also experience seismically induced kinematic effects, associated...

May 16, 2018

Applying PIANC Fender Design Guidance to US Design Codes

This paper provides a proposed rational approach for marine terminal designers in the United States to accompany the PIANC document and apply the factors outlined within it to standard US design codes. In addition, this paper provides commentary on the various topics covered within the PIANC guidance to provide some additional clarity and updated information based on the latest information and research for various topics.
May 16, 2018

Challenges and Considerations in Selection, Anchorage Design, and Installation of Quick-Release Mooring Hooks on Existing Structures

Quick release mooring hooks have become increasingly popular for use in design of new mooring systems, especially for larger vessels. Hooks offer several operational and safety benefits over the standard bollards or cleats. Such benefits include...

April 10, 2018

Experimental Evaluation of a Procedure for SMF Continuity Plate and Design

By: Adel Mashayekh, Chia-Ming Uang

The AISC Seismic Provisions require that continuity plates in a special moment frame (SMF) welded moment connection be connected to the column flanges by complete-joint-penetration groove welds. Tran et al. (2013) have proposed a design procedure...

April 4, 2018

Experimental Evaluation of a Procedure for SMF Continuity Plate and Weld Design

By: Adel Mashayekh, Chia-Ming Uang
The AISC Seismic Provisions require that continuity plates in a special moment frame (SMF) welded moment connection be connected to the column flanges by complete-joint-penetration groove welds. Tran et al. (2013) have proposed a design procedure that allows the designer to evaluate the required forces in the continuity plates such that more economical welds (e.g., fillet welds) can be used; the required thickness of the continuity plates also need not be the same as that prescribed in the AISC Seismic Provisions.
March 30, 2018

Digital Design, Coordination and Delivery

Methods for digital design, coordination, and delivery are prevalent in the building design and construction industry. As tools and knowledge evolve, new software applications present themselves on a broad range of projects. Modeling software is especially relevant to structural designers, who can use the software to optimize material quantities, improve coordination, and streamline execution for project with complex geometry.

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