Structural News

CFSEI and MASFA to host 2016 Expo

The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) and Mid-Atlantic Steel Framing Alliance (MASFA) will host the 2016 CFSEI and MASFA Annual Expo on May 23-24, 2016 at the Historic Inns of Annapolis in Annapolis, Md. This joint event is designed for architects, builders/contractors and engineers.

AWC releases 2015 Manual for Engineered Wood Construction

The American Wood Council (AWC) released a revised 2015 Manual for Engineered Wood Construction, which contains design information for structural lumber, glued laminated timber, structural-use panels, cross-laminated timber, poles and piles, I-joists, and structural composite lumber.

AWC offers special program designed for the code community

The American Wood Council (AWC) developed and launched the Code Official Connections program. Participants receive instant access to building code-referenced AWC standards and resources, as well as technical support to assist in the evaluation of design, review of plans and inspection of wood buildings.

AWC applauds Florida governor’s signing of education omnibus bill

American Wood Council (AWC) President and CEO Robert Glowinski issued a statement following Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s signing of the education omnibus bill, HB 7029, that allows Florida school districts to modify educational facility requirements in the state building code upon a 2/3 vote of the school board. These modifications could include allowing the use of wood for interior non-load bearing walls in public educational facilities, which is currently prohibited.

UA Engineering assisting NASA with test of spin-off technology

Engineers with NASA are using a lab at The University of Alabama to help develop a spin-off technology aimed at girding structures against earthquakes. NASA is testing what’s called a Disruptive Tuned Mass, or DTM, technology to demonstrate the new technology’s capabilities to mitigate a building’s response to earthquakes.

ISE Names Robert Halvorson its 2016 Gold Medalist

Robert Halvorson, SE, PE, FASCE, FIStructE, founding principal of Halvorson and Partners, a WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Company, based in Chicago, has been named winner of The Institution of Structural Engineers’ (ISE’s) 2016 Gold Medal.

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