Structural News

Sandy Springs, Ga., city council limits use of combustible building materials

On August 16, the Sandy Springs, Ga., City Council voted unanimously to amend the city’s building code to include new requirements that prohibit combustible building materials from being used in certain building elements (including the structural frame, load bearing walls, etc.) in structures above three stories and 100,000 square feet.

U.S. structural steel industry to celebrate SteelDay on September 30

A free webinar featuring a new documentary on one of America's greatest bridge designers is the highlight of this year's SteelDay on September 30. Events also include jobsite tours throughout the country, a public voting competition for structural steel building projects and a student photo contest.

Build with Strength: Wrigley Field stands test of time

Build with Strength, a coalition of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA), continued the efforts to inform Chicago’s design, build and code communities by releasing a new infographic highlighting a true icon of American strength and durability — the Chicago Cubs’ Wrigley Field.

Successful test validates composite timber-concrete tower concept

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP and Oregon State University, with support from the Softwood Lumber Board, developed a comprehensive physical testing program that, to date, has included nearly 20 tests of varying sizes and configurations. On August 8, the successful test of the final full-scale specimen provided strong evidence that the timber-concrete composite system can satisfy code requirements and compete with traditional construction methods.

CTDOT to test UAV for bridge inspection

As part of the Connecticut Department of Transportation’s (CTDOT's) ongoing mission to improve and evaluate its operations and to assess the usefulness and functionality of new technologies, on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, the department will use an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to perform limited visual bridge inspection tasks on the Gold Star Memorial Bridge.

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