Structural News

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.

California quake points to research advancements in retrofitting older buildings

West Lafayette, Ind. — The 6.0 earthquake that rocked Napa, Calif., on Aug. 24 is placing the spotlight on efforts by property owners and municipalities to retrofit older buildings and improve their ability to withstand earthquakes. Researchers affiliated with the Purdue University-led George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) have studied ways to strengthen older masonry- and wood-framed buildings to minimize earthquake damage and save lives.

R.A. Smith National, Inc. expands structural services division

Brookfield, Wis. — R.A. Smith National, Inc., a multi-disciplined civil engineering and surveying firm, expanded its structural services division. On Friday, August 22, R.A. Smith National, Inc. purchased selected assets of the structural engineering practice of Arnold & O’Sheridan (A&O), Inc. from a secured lender.

Alexander D. Wilson named recipient of 2014 SMDI/AASHTO Richard S. Fountain Award

Washington, D.C. — The Steel Bridge Task Force of the Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), a business unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), and the American Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials Technical Committee for Structural Steel Design have named Alexander D. Wilson, manager of Customer Technical Services for ArcelorMittal USA, as the recipient of the 2014 Richard S. Fountain Award.

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