Structural News

PCI announces 2015 Educator Awards

Dr. Clay Naito, associate professor of structural engineering at Lehigh University was named PCI’s Distinguished Educator for 2015. Dr. Adel El-Safty, professor of civil environmental engineering at University of North Florida, was chosen as PCI’s Educator of the Year.

Wood products industry releases Reuse Wood website

The American Wood Council and Canadian Wood Council have partnered with Building Materials Reuse Association to develop an online North American directory outlining reuse and recycling options for wood and wood products.

ITA announces Tunneling Awards nominees

Thirty-two nominees will be running for the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association (ITA) Awards 2015, Nov. 19, at the Hagerbach Underground Conference and Exhibition Gallery in Switzerland.

Paper tubes make stiff origami structures

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Tokyo have developed a new “zippered tube” configuration that makes paper structures that are stiff enough to hold weight yet can fold flat for easy shipping and storage. Their method could be applied to other thin materials, such as plastic or metal, to transform structures from furniture to buildings to microscopic robots.

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