Structural News

Build with Strength: Wrigley Field stands test of time

Build with Strength, a coalition of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA), continued the efforts to inform Chicago’s design, build and code communities by releasing a new infographic highlighting a true icon of American strength and durability — the Chicago Cubs’ Wrigley Field.

Successful test validates composite timber-concrete tower concept

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP and Oregon State University, with support from the Softwood Lumber Board, developed a comprehensive physical testing program that, to date, has included nearly 20 tests of varying sizes and configurations. On August 8, the successful test of the final full-scale specimen provided strong evidence that the timber-concrete composite system can satisfy code requirements and compete with traditional construction methods.

CTDOT to test UAV for bridge inspection

As part of the Connecticut Department of Transportation’s (CTDOT's) ongoing mission to improve and evaluate its operations and to assess the usefulness and functionality of new technologies, on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, the department will use an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to perform limited visual bridge inspection tasks on the Gold Star Memorial Bridge.

Longest precast concrete cable-stayed bridge in U.S. breaks ground

Local, state, federal and port officials turned dirt last week in a symbolic start to the U.S. 181 Harbor Bridge Replacement Project that will result in the longest precast concrete cable-stayed span in the United States and opening the Port of Corpus Christi to the largest ocean-going vessels.

DFI awards professional development grants

The DFI Educational Trust and the DFI Women in Deep Foundations (WiDF) Committee awarded two grants of $1,750 each to women involved in design and/or construction of deep foundations to attend DFI’s International Conference on Deep Foundations, Seepage Control and Remediation.

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