National BIM standard

December 4th, 2008 No comments


Via Whole Building Design Guide:

The NBIMS Executive Committee has released National BIM Standard Version 1 – Part 1: Overview, Principles, and Methodologies for public use. This document, which includes contributions by more than thirty subject-matter experts in the capital facilities industry, incorporates industry comments and now contains new and expanded information about the NBIMS production and use process. Read more…

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Bridge versus hoe excavator: the truth

November 24th, 2008 No comments

hoecrash1hoecrash2hoecrash3We’ve seen these pictures forwarded to us by email and wondered if they were computer generated or photoshopped. Well, they’re not (via

Aspire Magazine had a follow up article [pdf], where they discussed the repair work that resulted from this accident.

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Hilti Technical Guide 2008

October 17th, 2008 1 comment

hilti_coverI frequently use Hilti’s reference material to design post-installed mechanical and epoxy anchors.  I also am trying to keep as much of my reference material in electronic form, preferably in searchable PDF’s.

Lucky for me that Hilti makes their technical guide available for free download in PDF form.  Follow this link for their most up-to-date version of their technical guide (version 2008).

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Webcast about 3-D Modeling Software for Civil Engineers

April 18th, 2008 No comments

CE News is offering a free webcast on April 22 at 2 p.m. EDT, “3-D and Model-Centric Design Software”, that’s good for 1 PDH:

When: April 22, 2008/ 2 p.m. EST, 1 p.m. CST, 11 a.m. PST

Cost: Free! Register today at

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NTSB Says Design Flaw Found in I-35W Bridge

January 18th, 2008 No comments

I-35W Bridge collpaseVia ASCE espana

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) today announced that a serious design flaw was found in some of the gusset plates on the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, which collapsed on August 1, 2007. As a result, the NTSB issued a recommendation that the Federal Highway Administration (FHwA) require bridge owners to verify that the stress levels in all structural elements, including gusset plates, remain within applicable requirements whenever planned modifications or operational changes may significantly increase stresses. This would apply to all non-load-path-redundant steel truss bridges within the National Bridge Inventory.girl boarding school
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Civil Engineering Technology: Today and Tomorrow (Live Web-seminar)

November 8th, 2007 No comments

af3dac9c-3.jpgHere’s a web seminar next week on technology related to civil engineering, and it’s eligible for continuing education PDH credits.

When: Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007
2 p.m. EST, 1 p.m. CST, 11 a.m. PST

Summary: Explore the role of 3-D modeling, GIS, GPS machine control, and 3-D laser scanning in civil engineering. Shanon Fauerbach, P.E., editorial director of CE News, and Todd Nochomson, CAD Systems Manager for Miller Legg, will host a free one-hour virtual seminar, revealing the results of a recent research project and providing insight from a savvy technology professional. They will discuss how the civil engineering community is using these technologies and what future expectations are for their use. Nochomson will provide a user perspective, sharing his experiences with 3-D modeling and thoughts on the other technologies discussed. This presentation will be more in-depth than the article presented in the November issue of CE News, so if you are interested in these technologies, don’t miss it! Read more…

MIT sues Gehry, citing leaks in $300m complex

November 7th, 2007 No comments

Stata CenterVia the Boston Globe

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has filed a negligence suit against world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, charging that flaws in his design of the $300 million Stata Center in Cambridge, one of the most celebrated works of architecture unveiled in years, caused leaks to spring, masonry to crack, mold to grow, and drainage to back up.

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A few good engineers

April 18th, 2007 1 comment

This came in my inbox, and I thought it was appropriate for this blog. Unfortunately, I don’t know who was the author of this parody.  UPDATE: source of the dialogue is here:


STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: You want answers?

ARCHITECT: I think I’m entitled to them.

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: You want answers?!

ARCHITECT: I want the truth!


Son, we live in a world that has BEAMS, GIRDERS AND COLUMNS. And those things have to SUPPORT THE BUILDING. Who’s gonna DESIGN THEM? You?

You, Mr. Architect?
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Blueprint from India – More architecture firms are offshoring

April 18th, 2007 No comments

Has anyone seen the firsthand effects of outsourcing in the architecture/engineering industry? Of course we’ve been hearing about it for years in computers and IT, but this article from Businessweek suggests that it’s already begining for architects.

The article profiles Cadforce, a company out of California that has resources in India to help them with projects in the US. The company outsources the more time-consuming and technical tasks, such as creating blueprints from schematics, which allows their architects here to focus on design.

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Please Explain: Making Green Building Affordable

April 17th, 2007 No comments

Buildings consume 33% of our energy. This probably explains why there’s been a lot of attention to “green” building” lately.

WNYC’s Leonard Lopate recently covered green building, on the “Please Explain” segment of his radio show. While it doesn’t really get into the technical stuff, I think atleast the first 15 minutes provide a good introduction to the background of the issues. The segment includes a co-founder of LEED, so we know the information is reputable.

Here’s a stream of the audio:

and here’s a link the the mp3.
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