Suggested Reading

Prescription to Performance (P2P) Initiative for Concrete Specifications

Have you experienced negative concrete pour results in which the concrete mix was potentially the source of the issue? Traditional concrete specifications have been found to be prescriptive in nature and sometimes limit the types and quantities of ingredients and material proportions, yielding unexpected results. There has been a shift in the concrete industry towards performance-based, rather than prescriptive, project…read more →

CASE Publications Available on Updated Website, Including the Free Document CASE Guide to Special Inspections

As we mentioned in a previous blog post on the Toolkit for Ten Foundations of Risk Management, the Council of American Structural Engineers (CASE) offers documents, including the toolkit articles, at no charge to its members. These documents are also available for purchase, and a discount is available to members of ACEC. Earlier this year, ACEC and CASE updated its…read more →

Updated AISC 358 Document Now Available

AISC recently issued a press release that a Second Supplement for ANSI / AISC 358 has been issued in 2014. ANSI / AISC 358 is the standard that provides information about Prequalified Connections for Special and Intermediate Steel Moment Frames for Seismic Applications, including some proprietary connections. One of the primary changes from Supplement No. 2 is the inclusion of…read more →

Structural Masonry Design Tips

The International Masonry Institute has resources for Structural Masonry Design available on their website through their Design Tools – Structural Masonry heading. This page provides design aids including the following white papers: Masonry Partition Wall Design Internal Bracing Guide (This guide was authored by Scott Walkowicz, who has presented two SE University sessions.) IMI RAM Elements V8i Manual for Masonry…read more →

Seismic Loading and Provisions for Industrial Buildings – Should You Use ASCE 7 Chapter 13 or Chapter 15?

In the design of industrial structures, engineers need to know whether the structure and other elements they are designing are considered structures or components under ASCE 7. Because there are different loads and design procedures for Nonbuilding Components (Chapter 13) and Nonbuilding Structures (Chapter 15), the engineer should make the determination before the loads are calculated. In an August 2012…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 →

Gitomer, Little Gold Book of Yes! Attitude

I found this book in the Grand Rapids airport on the way back from visiting with Brian shortly after starting with SE Solutions. I don’t normally choose “self-help” books, but this one looked like a quick read, and I wanted to find out what a Yes! Attitude really was. I devoured the book. I loved what it said about having…read more →