Structural News

AWC’s 2015 Wood Design Package now available in print

The American Wood Council's (AWC) 2015 Wood Design Package is now available for purchase in printed format. The document set contains the 2015 National Design Specification (NDS) for Wood Construction, with Commentary and 2015 Supplement: Design Values for Wood Construction, and the 2015 Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic (SDPWS) with Commentary.

CFSEI publishes Technical Note on Mechanical Bridging and Bridging Anchorage

The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) has published a new Technical Note, “Mechanical Bridging and Bridging Anchorage of Axially Loaded Cold-Formed Steel Studs” (Tech Note W400-16). It provides a detailed discussion of the design requirements and methods to laterally brace (bridge) axially loaded cold-formed steel stud walls.

BSSC free webinar to focus on NEHRP site factors

The National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) will host a free webinar Tuesday, March 22, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm EDT, to present updates to site factors in the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program’s (NEHRP) 2015 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions and ASCE/SEI 7-16, Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures.

WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff designing new bridge in Oxford, N.J.

The New Jersey Department of Transportation awarded a contract to WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff to design a replacement for the Route 31 Bridge over Furnace Brook in Oxford Township, New Jersey. The existing single-span bridge will be replaced with a 28-foot-long single-span structure with a precast concrete rigid frame.

ARTBA analysis: Nearly 59,000 U.S. bridges still structurally deficient

There’s good news and bad news to report about the condition of America’s bridges. The good news is there were 2,574 fewer structurally deficient bridges in 2015 compared to the number in 2014. The bad news is there are still 58,500 on the structurally deficient list — and at the current pace of bridge investment — it would take at least 21 years before they were all replaced or upgraded.

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