Well this post has been a while coming, not because it took a lot of work. Quite the opposite, more regarding a lack of progress on this project in the last few months! Life has a way of getting in the way sometimes (by this I mean work essentially…. you know how it is… ).Read More
As far as I can tell, Bluebeam has all but become the defacto standard for electronically marking up PDF’s in structural engineering consultancies.
By default, it basically comes with nothing to make your job easier as a structural engineer when it comes to structural specific mark-ups.Read More
In Part 2 we covered the functions for creating coordinates for accurately representing shear reinforcement (stirrups and links) using an XY scatter chart in Excel.
In this third and final part, we’ll cover the functions for outputting the minimum lengths of stirrups or links. As mentioned in the first part in this series, estimating the total length of bars and hence weights can be a tedious boring process. These functions take out boring bits, but it’s still not ‘exciting’.Read More
One thing that irks me about a lot of spreadsheets I’ve seen created over the years is the fact that the inputs for something that can be visualised are hidden behind a few numbers in cells. No visual representations of the calculations are given. With an overarching reliance on the user to mentally complete the picture of their design inputs (and sometimes outputs) within their minds.Read More
Minimum steel, love it or hate it, we have minimums for a reason even if it seems like overkill sometimes given that we may have very low demands.
This post will demonstrate why (I hope) we are required to comply with these arbitrary limits. Usually I’m going into these posts with only the theoretical background of why something exists, but hopefully once we get into it this theory can actually be demonstrated.Read More
Well, one person’s world of torsion anyway…
In this post I’ll show how to use Mathematica to check some derivatives of torsion relationships.
Mathematica is an analysis/computational tool by Wolfram. Now if you had to pony up the dollars for it you’d be out a few thousand dollars, but as it happens I’m cheap and it’s free on Raspberry Pi’s Raspbian operating system. Yes it’s linux based, but don’t let that turn you off, it’s so simple to setup anyone could do it.Read More
In this post we’ll try demystify CL 5.6.4 part b, what the hell does it really mean?
Well this is my take on it anyway… I can’t say for certain I’m correct as I’ve never seen anyone else use it, never seen an example, never used it in anger, etc. But the answers make sense.Read More