Structural News

HNTB Corporation selected for New York State I-84 bridge construction project

New York — HNTB Corporation was selected by the New York State Bridge Authority to design and manage the replacement of the overpass carrying Interstate 84 over Route 9W in Newburg, N.Y. Located at the western approach of the Newburg Beacon Bridge that spans the Hudson River, the project will utilize an accelerated bridge construction process to enable the existing eastbound and westbound lanes of the overpass to be demolished and replaced with a new structure over the course of a single weekend.

San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge wins Excellence in Structural Engineering honor

Sacramento, Calif. — Caltrans announced that the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge received an Excellence in Structural Engineering Award from the Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC). This honor is awarded to projects that demonstrate outstanding achievement in creative design, technical innovation, best practices and demonstrated contributions to the public and profession of structural engineering.

Video tells story of first bridge built using eSPAN140

Washington, D.C. — In a video released by the Short Span Steel Bridge Alliance, participants in all phases of design and construction of the Jesup South Bridge in Buchanan County, Iowa, tell the story in their own words. The Jesup South Bridge was a demonstration project — the first bridge built using an eSPAN140 design.

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.

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