Structural News

NCI Building Systems conference offers new findings in engineering design issues

Houston – NCI Building Systems will host a one-day conference in Houston to unveil the latest in engineering best practices. The annual event, taking place Oct. 17, 2014, at the Sheraton North Houston Hotel, will offer presentations from leading researchers and experts in a range of construction design disciplines, also satisfying 7.0 hours of continuing education credit for engineers.

PCA releases free editions of two publications on reinforced concrete design

Skokie, Ill. — Two publications on reinforced concrete design are now available free-of-charge on the Portland Cement Association (PCA) website. Both publications, Simplified Design of Concrete Buildings and Notes on ACI Building Codes, were revised and updated according to ACI 318-11 codes. They present time-saving analysis, design, "how to" methods for construction of reinforced concrete buildings and more.

CFSEI to host free webinar on results of seismic testing on multi-story cold-formed steel structures

Washington, D.C. — The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) will host a free webinar on “CFS-NEES: Putting Cold-Formed Steel Framing to the Test” on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The webinar will cover the significant, game-changing results of a three-year research project designed to increase the safety of buildings that use lightweight cold-formed steel for their primary framing during a seismic event. The webinar is designed for architects, engineers, building officials and contractors. Participants are eligible for 1.5 Professional Development Hours.

FTA announces Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development Planning

Washington, D.C. — In the Federal Register on September 4, 2014, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the availability of nearly $20 million in competitive funds for comprehensive planning associated with a new fixed guideway or core capacity improvement project that will seek funding under FTA’s Capital Investment Grants Program. The new Pilot Program for Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Planning is authorized under MAP-21.

Construction underway on Eggners Ferry Bridge replacement

Aurora, Ky. — Governor Steve Beshear broke ground to ceremonially begin construction on a new and long-awaited $131.5 million bridge that will replace the aging, obsolete Eggners Ferry Bridge over Kentucky Lake at Aurora. The new four-lane bridge, which features a unique basket-handle tied arch design, will carry U.S. 68/KY 80 over Kentucky Lake and serve as the western entrance to Land Between the Lakes.

CFSEI publishes new Technical Note on Welded Box-Beam Flexure Design

Washington, D.C. —The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) published a new Technical Note titled “Welded Box-Beam Flexure Design” (Tech Note G104-14), the latest in its continuing series of instructional documents on topics related to cold-formed steel framing for commercial and residential construction.

Notre Dame E2E group develops novel housing solution for Haiti

South Bend, Ind. — The attention and concern of the world was focused on Haiti following its Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake. As is often the case, as time went on, the focus on Haiti became less intense as the world moved on. However, the plight of Haitians has remained a driving concern for a group of University of Notre Dame engineering professors and students who are working to bring about a novel housing solution in that country.

Seismic engineer to present Napa earthquake assessment at 2014 SEAOC Convention

Los Angeles — Scott M. Adan, Ph.D., P.E., S.E., SECB, director of Seismic Assessment Services with IVI International, Inc., will present a just-scheduled session about the late-August American Canyon earthquake at the 2014 Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC) Convention to be held in Indian Wells, Calif., Sept. 10-13, 2014.

Tweets during 2013 Colorado floods gave engineers valuable data on infrastructure damage

Boulder, Colo. — Tweets sent during last year’s massive flooding on Colorado’s Front Range were able to detail the scope of damage to the area’s infrastructure, according to a study by the University of Colorado Boulder. The findings can help geotechnical and structural engineers more effectively direct their reconnaissance efforts after future natural disasters — including earthquakes, tsunamis and tornadoes — as well as provide them data that might otherwise be lost due to rapid cleanup efforts.

BioPreferred program opens to wood products

Washington, D.C. — American Wood Council (AWC) President and CEO Robert Glowinski issued the following statement regarding the recognition of wood products under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) BioPreferred Program going into effect today. The 2014 Farm Bill states that forest products, previously considered to be ineligible because they were “mature market,” are now eligible products to be recognized in USDA biobased programs.

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