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Researchers develop software to quickly produce 3D building models

Enschede, Netherlands — Researchers at the University of Twente have developed software which enables users to quickly produce 3D models of buildings for relatively little money. The software can automatically generate 95 percent of the detailed 3D building models, thus reducing production costs and lead time.

Tipping Mar grows into Tipping Structural Engineers

Berkeley, Calif. — Tipping Mar, a Berkeley, Calif., structural engineering firm, announced an expanded leadership and a new name, Tipping Structural Engineers. Current principals Steven B. Tipping, S.E., who founded Steve Tipping and Associates in 1983, and Leo Panian, S.E., have been joined by newly appointed principals Mike Korolyk, S.E., and Marc Steyer, S.E. Principal David Mar has left the firm to pursue other opportunities.

American Tobacco Trail Bridge receives ACEC Award

Durham, N.C. — The new American Tobacco Trail Pedestrian Bridge in Durham, N.C., received a Grand Award from the North Carolina chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC/NC) as part of the organization’s 2015 Engineering Excellence Awards program.

AISI publishes design guide for new standard on profiled steel diaphragm panels

Washington, D.C. — The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) published AISI D310-14, “Design Examples for the Design of Profiled Steel Diaphragm Panels Based on AISI S310-13.” The design guide is the supporting document for AISI S310, North American Standard for the Design of Profiled Steel Diaphragm Panels (which was published in September 2014).

CH2M HILL designs world’s first data center certified by new LEED standards

Denver — A data center designed by CH2M HILL/IDC Architects for Grainger in Lake Forest, Ill., has been certified as the world’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) facility of its type. IDC Architects is part of CH2M HILL. The data center’s advanced cooling system uses outside air to cool the facility, and is designed to consume up to 50 percent less energy for cooling than conventional data centers.

ACI releases reorganized ACI 318-14

Farmington Hills, Mich. — The American Concrete Institute (ACI) officially released the completely reorganized ACI 318-14: Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete. The 2015 International Building Code will reference 318-14. Now published and available for use, the reorganized 318-14 is organized from an engineer’s perspective. By focusing on member design, ACI 318 requirements flow more intuitively and have fewer cross-references.

2014 Tekla North American BIM Award winners announced

Tekla, a Trimble company and global provider of Building Information Modeling (BIM) software to the architectural and construction markets, announced the winners of its 2014 North American BIM Awards. The model competition is held annually and recognizes companies for exemplary use of BIM and Tekla Structures across three categories: best use of BIM, steel, and concrete.

AWC announces self-directed study program

Leesburg, Va. — The American Wood Council (AWC) is now offering a complimentary self-directed learning program on designing with wood. Courses are related to the use of traditional and engineered wood products for residential and commercial applications.

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