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Program of Special Inspections – Forms available from Structural Engineers Association of Georgia

During the April 2013 SE University session, Otto Schwarz from Ryan Biggs Associates, PC discussed how engineers can manage the process of special inspections for their projects. One of the key items discussed was the type of paperwork that is required, and how to create the necessary documents. Otto pointed to a few SEA groups that have made documents available…read more →

Creating Title Blocks in Revit Structure 2012

With Revit being used more commonly to create building models, how do you move away from the duplication of having to create drawings in AutoCAD? While sections and elevations can be created in Revit Structure and placed onto a sheet, how are the additional parts of a drawing template created?  In our May 2012 SEU BIM Forum, Betsy Werra addressed…read more →

Congratulations to Trevor Jones of SE University Client CH2M HILL on his Book about Modeling in STAAD.Pro

Trevor Jones, from SE University Client CH2M HILL, recently wrote a book published by the Bentley Institute Press. Analysis and Design of Structures – A Practical Guide to Modeling is a reference guide for engineers using STAAD.Pro in their office. Complete building design examples are included for both steel and concrete, along with information about the ability to integrate STAAD.Pro…read more →

Are You Licensed in NJ? Updates to Continuing Education Requirements

In the ever changing world of continuing education requirements, New Jersey now requires that continuing education hours come from approved or exempt providers, or the individual licensee needs to submit a form and pay $10.00 to get a course approved. For more details please go to http://njconsumeraffairs.gov/pels/ContCompAppForm.pdf. Page 1 is an application form and Page 2 goes into more detail on…read more →

Helpful Tools/Spreadsheets Available to Structural Engineers at No Cost

Most engineers utilize spreadsheets or MathCAD tools to a variable extent to save time with structural engineering calculations.  Frequently these tools are “self-written” or written by someone at their company.  However, many tools have been created by others and we wanted to point out 2 sources for some free tools to help you save time in your various calculations. The…read more →

Laptop Specifications for BIM

In a previous SE Magazine article (February 2012), we wrote about system requirements for laptops – which originated from an SEU BIM Forum session presented by Dave Pluke of BIM Ready. Because having a mobile workplace is becoming more common, we wanted to share information about the system specifications needed to successfully run BIM Programs on a laptop, which would be helpful in making…read more →

Creating Sloped Framing in Revit Structure

Many structures are designed with sloping roofs, and engineers have to make the decision about how to model that roof when designing the building. While for the analysis and design of the building, it may not make much difference whether the beams are modeled as flat or sloped, what about the Building Information Model? If this model is intended to be a true representation of how the…read more →

Congratulations to Fitzpatrick Engineering Group – Finalist in the Be Inspired Awards

SE Solutions would like to offer its congratulations to SE University client Fitzpatrick Engineering Group, and SE University speaker, Doug Fitzpatrick, on their selection as a finalist in the Innovation in Structural Engineering category of the Bentley Systems Be Inspired Awards.  Doug traveled to Amsterdam this month to attend the Be Inspired conference, and present his project before a panel of judges….read more →

Rigid Diaphragms in ASCE7 Chapter 12

In several upcoming articles in Structural Engineer Magazine, we will be discussing how modeling different types of diaphragms in commercially available software may impact results. The diaphragm types that will be discussed are No Diaphragm/Flexible Diaphragm, Rigid Diaphragm, Semi-Rigid Diaphragm, and Pseudo-flexible diaphragm.   Diaphragms are used to distribute horizontal forces to lateral frames/walls in a building. The type of diaphragm that…read more →

Steel Design – Rules of Thumb

Have you ever noticed how some engineers can come up with a member size in their heads without needing to plug something into a computer? Have you had another engineer look at your design and quickly point out a different size that could be used? One seminar at previous Steel Conferences (NASCC) presented many helpful rules of thumb for steel design….read more →