Structural News

MCEER earthquake engineer: ‘U.S. not prepared for effects of a major earthquake in a large urban area’

Buffalo, N.Y. — On July 29, Andrew Whittaker, Ph.D., S.E., director of MCEER at the University at Buffalo, will tell Congress that the United States is not prepared for effects of a major earthquake in a large urban area. He will do so during testimony before the Subcommittee on Research and Technology of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology at a hearing to review the National Earthquake Hazards reduction Program (NEHRP).

TCA reopens judging of 2014 Tilt-Up Achievement Awards Program to Facebook fans

Mt. Vernon, Iowa — The Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) – a non-profit international organization that serves to expand and improve the use of tilt-up as the preferred building system – will reopen judging of the 2014 Tilt-Up Achievement Awards Program to their Facebook fans. According to Mitch Bloomquist, managing director of the TCA, this phase of the awards program will give the association’s Facebook fans the opportunity to weigh in on their favorite tilt-up project.

HNTB-led Mathews Bridge repair earns multiple awards

Jacksonville, Fla. — The John E. Mathews Bridge, spanning the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Fla., was severely damaged by ship impact in late September 2013. HNTB Corporation was called to be part of the repair team for the span’s rapid rehabilitation that October. As of today, the project has been honored with eight industry awards and is nominated for several more.

New cadet barracks to match historic buildings

West Point, N.Y. — Not too long ago, dozens of cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point became ill and missed classes. According to the academy, what caused this is the fact that almost half of the Cadets are living in uncomfortable, crowded dorm rooms and that additional barracks are needed to relieve this situation. They tapped the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District, to construct a new barracks since the agency has already successfully built numerous structures on the historic campus.

CFSEI webcast to review Built-Up Member Design Provisions

Washington, D.C. —The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) will host a webinar on “Back to Basics: A Review of AISI S100, S211 and S212 Built-Up Member Design Provisions” on Thursday, August 14, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. EDT. The webinar is designed for architects, engineers, building officials and contractors. Participants are eligible for 1.5 continuing education hours.

DelDOT updates status of I-495 Bridge

Wilmington, Del. — The job of building eight temporary towers beneath the I-495 southbound bridge deck and preparing them for the jacking operation is continuing. The positions on the top of the towers where the jacks will interact with the deck must be exact and are critical to the success of the project. This requires the bridge engineers to design and the contractor to fabricate and install a jacking system consisting of header beams, special housing boxes to hold the jacks, bracing, and many other custom steel components.

Zurich advises on solar panel fire and structural load risks

Schaumburg, Ill. — As businesses across the world increasingly are turning to green technology for lowering energy costs and reducing their own carbon footprints, Zurich is working to help risk managers understand the fire and unexpected structural load risks associated with photovoltaic (PV) solar panel systems and how they can protect themselves from those risks. Key information related to the risks and challenges and recommended solutions was recently released in a Zurich RiskTopics white paper on photovoltaic systems.

Two Innovation Awards celebrate intelligent structural monitoring project

Princeton Junction, N.J. — The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) have separately judged and awarded the A38(M) Tame Valley Viaduct management project with a 2014 Innovation Award. Key to management of the viaduct is the MISTRAS monitoring system comprising over 1,100 sensors, which is one of the largest bridge monitoring systems in the United Kingdom.

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