Structural News

UA Engineering assisting NASA with test of spin-off technology

Engineers with NASA are using a lab at The University of Alabama to help develop a spin-off technology aimed at girding structures against earthquakes. NASA is testing what’s called a Disruptive Tuned Mass, or DTM, technology to demonstrate the new technology’s capabilities to mitigate a building’s response to earthquakes.

ISE Names Robert Halvorson its 2016 Gold Medalist

Robert Halvorson, SE, PE, FASCE, FIStructE, founding principal of Halvorson and Partners, a WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Company, based in Chicago, has been named winner of The Institution of Structural Engineers’ (ISE’s) 2016 Gold Medal.

AISC names structural steel awards for building design

Ten structural steel building projects have earned national recognition in the 2016 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel awards program (IDEAS2). The winning projects and their respective team members were recognized during the 2016 NASCC: The Steel Conference in Orlando, Fla.

NSBA announces 2016 Prize Bridge Award winners

Sixteen steel bridge projects have earned national recognition in the 2016 Prize Bridge Awards Competition. Conducted every other year by the National Steel Bridge Alliance (NSBA), the Prize Bridge Awards honor significant and innovative steel bridges constructed in the U.S.

NRMCA campaign touts concrete construction benefits

Using its 2016 National Convention as a launching pad, the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) unveiled Build with Strength, a multi-million dollar coordinated industry campaign to better educate the design/build and code communities about the benefits of concrete construction in the low- to mid-rise sector, and in general.

PennDOT selects Michael Baker International to improve I-90 Corridor in Erie County

Michael Baker International is playing a critical role in improvements to a seven-mile stretch of I-90 in Erie County, Pa., part of the longest interstate highway in the nation. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) selected the firm to develop preliminary engineering, environmental, geotechnical and final design plans for the project.

Institute submits outcome-based pathway for inclusion in 2018 IECC

Building on a multi-year, industry-wide effort to include an outcome-based pathway for energy compliance into the 2015 International Green Construction Code (IgCC), the National Institute of Building Sciences has introduced a similar proposal to be considered for inclusion in the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) (CE37-16).

Simpson Strong-Tie donation supports WSU engineering research

Simpson Strong-Tie is establishing an annual $100,000 donation for the next eight years to support Washington State University construction and engineering research in the new PACCAR Environmental Technology Building on the WSU Pullman campus. The donation establishes the Simpson Strong-Tie Research and Testing Laboratory and an excellence fund that will support research in areas such as concrete durability, repair, and retrofit; tall timber buildings; deck safety; post-frame buildings; and seismic retrofit.

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