October 14, 2015

The Dark Side of Daylighting

By: Cheryl Saldanha, Davidson Norris, CNC

Daylighting is the controlled harvesting, redirection, and distribution of sun and ambient (sky) light to building interiors.  ...

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 26, 2015

Building Facades: San Francisco Inspection Requirements

Damaged and deteriorated building facades are a serious public safety concern. When facade elements fail, there is a chance that the...

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?

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...