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October 6, 2015

Proliferation of Structural Fire Engineering Draws Closer with Recent SFPE and ASCE/SEI Milestones

The application of structural fire engineering for building projects has merit and enormous potential, but remains relatively limited. This can be attributed to the fact that designers and building authorities generally lack comprehensive,...

August 19, 2015

Pushing the Boundaries of Timber Design

By: Holger Schulze-Ehring, Filippo Masetti, Matthew Johnson

The August 2015 issue of Structure magazine features the article, “Pushing the Boundaries of Timber Design,” by Holger Schulze-Ehring, Filippo Masetti, and Matthew Johnson. The article discusses their work on the China...

Keywords:Roofing, Wood
August 18, 2015

Deriving Value from Coordinated Building Enclosure Shop Drawings

Building enclosure shop drawings play a critical role in guarding against common performance, cost, and schedule pitfalls associated with the transitions between adjacent enclosure components. This article will provide tips for success. ...

June 30, 2015

San Francisco Soft Story Seismic Retrofit Ordinance

The Mandatory Soft Story Retrofit Ordinance 66-13 is a mandatory seismic retrofit program requiring evaluation and retrofit of multi-unit, wood-frame structures with five or more residential units, two or more stories over a "...

June 19, 2015

What Are Those Other 31 Chapters of the Building Code For?

By: David Jacoby, Brian Kuhn

There are many different types and conditions of concrete repairs in the industry and lots of guidance on the topic by various organizations. When designing a repair, the engineer will likely consult with Chapter 16 of some...

June 12, 2015

Failure Analysis Of Cross-Linked Polyethylene Pipe In Residential Plumbing And Heating Systems

By: Flip Sharff, Arthur Davies

A rash of failures in PEX-AL-PEX piping in residential domestic hot water and hydronic heating systems in the United States and Canada led to an investigation into the nature and cause of the failures.  Failures, which occurred after less...

June 11, 2015

Waterfront Facilities Inspection And Assessment

By: Waterfront Inspection Task Committee, William Bruin

Waterfront Facilities Inspection and Assessment supplies engineers with guidelines and tools for inspecting and evaluating the condition of waterfront structures located in seawater and freshwater environments. Inspections are...

June 11, 2015

Structural Standards Coordination Council: Rising to the Challenge of Coordination

By: Ronald Hamburger, Robert Bachman

Ronald Hamburger and Robert Bachman, chair of the Structural Standard Coordination Council, co-authored an editorial article, “Structural Standards Coordination Council: Rising to the Challenge of Coordination,” in the June issue...

June 10, 2015

A Flood of Light - The Case for Daylight in American Public Architecture

By: Niklas Vigener, Nick Floyd, James Jamieson

America’s public buildings at the turn of the last century were awash in daylight – large skylights illuminated assembly spaces, stair cases, conservatories, and libraries.  The motivations for this approach were both pragmatic...

June 4, 2015

Structural Fire Engineering

Project teams are often faced with the challenge of balancing architectural goals with the necessary fire and life safety...