March 20, 2020

Rain Loads: Guide to the Rain Load Provisions of ASCE 7-16

By: Aaron Lewis, Michael O'Rourke

Rain Loads: Guide to the Rain Load Provisions of ASCE 7-16 provides the practicing structural engineer with a detailed description of the rain load provisions of Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other...

Keywords:Roofing
March 6, 2020

Landmark Restoration: Comprehensive Repair of Michigan University Fountain

In this article, Daniel Clark discusses the university’s desire to address water leakage concerns at the 1940s-vintage fountain, which serves as a prominent landmark on campus. SGH performed condition assessments to investigate these...

March 3, 2020

Innovating with Materials

By: Matthew Bronski, Glenn Bell
Mankind has innovated with design and construction methods and materials since Homo Habilis laid one flat stone horizontally across two upright stones to build the first dolmen around 2,000,000 BCE. Since then, our progress in building materials innovation over the millennia has been tremendous. A short list of some of the most innovative buildings and structures in history would have a great deal of overlap with a list of the most beautiful and inspirational buildings and structures of all time.
February 27, 2020

2019 NYS Code Requirements of Parking Garage Structures Inspections and Maintenance

All parking garages under the jurisdiction of the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code must undergo a periodic condition assessment to help ensure structural integrity and user safety. This is a recent mandate resulting from a...

February 13, 2020

Upcoming Changes to ASCE/COPRI 61-19 Chapter on Ancillary Components

By: Gayle Johnson, Brett King

ASCE/COPRI 61-14, Seismic Design of Piers and Wharves covers the seismic design of ancillary components in a brief Chapter 8. The only ancillary components covered in any significant detail are pipelines, container cranes, and marine loading arms...

February 13, 2020

Performance Based Seismic Retrofit Solutions for Wharf Preservation

By: Sam Yao, Muhammad Naeem, Joshua Core, Sara Barrett

Brooklyn Basin is a multi-billion-dollar real estate development of the former Port of Oakland 9th Avenue Terminal located along the Oakland Estuary. The centerpiece of the development is the 10 acre shoreline park which includes a 1,200 foot...

February 13, 2020

Analysis of Measured Marine Oil Terminal Berthing Velocities

Berthing velocities for design of fender systems have long been based on old and incomplete data, often from studies dating as far back as the 1950s. Both PIANC and MOTEMS continue to use values based on these old datasets in their...

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