Structural News

Winners announced in 16th annual ACSA/AISC Steel Design Student Competition

Eleven student design projects have been honored in the 16th annual Steel Design Student Competition for the 2015-2016 academic year. Administered by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), the competition encourages architecture students from across North America to explore the use of steel in structural design.

Bentley Institute and Rutgers University collaborate on Hurricane Sandy research

Bentley Fellow Dr. Zheng Yi Wu and a team from Rutgers University jointly published a paper, Analysis of Dominant Factors Associated with Hurricane Damages to Residential Structures Using the Rough Set Theory, in the March 29, 2016 issue of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) journal Natural Hazards Review. The research leveraged data collected from advanced remote sensing technologies.

Skanska to rebuild Pensacola Bay Bridge in Florida

Skanska USA signed a $398.5 million contract with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to re-build the Pensacola Bay Bridge in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties, Fla. The 3.7-mile long project will replace the existing four-lane bridge — built in the 1960s — with two new, three-lane bridges. Leading the project’s design is engineering and design firm WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff.

FHWA releases report on information modeling for bridges

Following a two-year effort, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has issued a report, Bridge Information Modeling Standardization, which sets a path to implement the use of computer modeling for bridge construction in the United States.

Technical program available for DFI International Conference

The Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) published the Technical Program for the International Conference on Deep Foundations, Seepage Control and Remediation — DFI’s 41st Annual Conference. The conference introduces a new technical track featuring seepage control and remediation for dam and levee projects worldwide, in addition to the technical program on deep foundations and earth retention.

Section 5 Palmetto Wins Grand Conceptor Award

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Community/Condotte/DeMoya JV, BCC Engineering and FINLEY Engineering Group (FINLEY) have won the 2016 FICE Engineering Excellence Grand Conceptor Award for the Section 5 Palmetto SR826/836 Interchange (Bridges 9, 11, 15 and 19).

New poll finds New Jersey voters support building code changes in wake of disaster

In advance of a Borough of Edgewater, N.J., hearing to consider rebuilding the burned-down Avalon at Edgewater apartment complex with the same lightweight wood-frame construction method, Build with Strength, a coalition of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, released a new poll that found registered New Jersey voters are very supportive of the state making changes to construction codes in the wake of the fire.

WJE gains waiver for nighttime drone use

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a waiver to Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates (WJE) permitting the firm to operate drones at night. WJE was one of more than 70 organizations receiving waivers on August 29 from the FAA.

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