December 30, 2005

Field Load Testing: Chapter 21

In Structural Condition Assessment, editor-in-chief Robert T. Ratay gathers together the...

December 30, 2005

Performance of Thermoplastic Pipe Under Highway Vehicle Loading

By: Jesse Beaver, McGrath, Timothy J.

Abstract: DOTs are interested in developing guidelines for use of large diameter corrugated HDPE pipe buried under roadways with shallow fill, but this application has not been studied extensively. A pooled fund study consisting of full-scale...

December 30, 2005

Balancing Pipe and Backfill Requirements in Difficult Installation Conditions

By: Phillip Sharff, McGrath, Timothy J.

Abstract: Engineers provide the best service to their clients by optimizing the cost of projects without affecting the quality or performance. Since buried pipe performance is the result of interaction of both the pipe and the surrounding soil...

Keywords:Buried, Pipe
December 30, 2005

A Mausoleum on Shaky Ground; de la Montoya Mausoleum, Colma, California

By: Carolyn Searls, Ronald Mayes, Marrow, Joshua M.

Abstract: Investigation determined whether it was earthquakes, vibrations from nearby construction, or stone deterioration that led to claims of damage to this historic mausoleum.

December 30, 2005

Seismic Design of Buildings - Chapter 19

By: Ronald Hamburger, Scawthorn, Charles

Continuing the tradition of the best-selling Handbook of Structural Engineering, this second edition is a comprehensive reference to the broad spectrum of structural engineering, encapsulating the theoretical, practical, and computational aspects...

December 30, 2005

Lessons Learned: Structural Upgrade of Sutro Tower

Sutro Tower, in San Francisco, California is a 770-foot high, freestanding steel broadcast tower supporting three main, 215-foot high antenna structures and numerous ancillary broadcast equipment. It is owned and operated by a consortium of the...

November 29, 2005

Designing Structural Systems for Deconstruction: How to Extend a New Building's Useful Life and Prevent it from Going to Waste When the End Finally Comes

By: Mark Webster, Costello D.T.

Abstract: This paper applies the emerging concept of Design for Disassembly (DfD) to building structural systems. DfD benefits the environment by simplifying building modifications and end-of-life disassembly. Buildings are more likely to be...

October 30, 2005

Comparative Seismic Performance of Four Structural Systems and Assessment of Recent AISC BRB Test Requirements

By: Ronald Mayes, Craig Goings, Naguib, Wassim I., Stephen Harris

Abstract: This paper provides a comparison of the maximum inter-story drifts and floor response spectra of both a three and nine story building each with four different steel structural systems – moment frame, buckling restrained braced...

September 29, 2005

Architectural Terra-Cotta Repair

Abstract: Architectural terra-cotta is a common 20th century building material found in many urban areas throughout the United States. Terra-cotta's use in varied climates, its special material characteristics, its integration with a building...

August 30, 2005

September 11 2001, Airliner Crash into the Pentagon

By: Donald Dusenberry, Mlakar, P.F., Harris, J.R., Haynes G.A., Phan, L.T., Sozen, M.A.

Abstract: The Pentagon was constructed between September 1941 and January 1943. A substantial renovation of the entire 6.6 million sq ft (610,000 sq m) facility began in 1999 and was scheduled for completion in 2010. On September 11, 2001, a...

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