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A structural engineer, who sometimes likes structural engineering.

Plotting dynamic ranges in Excel

One annoying thing about using charts in Excel to represent data is that by default it encourages you to define a finite sheet range to plot data. This can be annoying when you’re dealing with data where the total number…

What’s the point (load)?

Quite often in structural engineering we make simplifications to make things easier for ourselves. Sometimes they are conservative, sometimes not. Sometimes we are happy living in denial regarding the differences that might exist form doing something in a more ‘correct’…

Using error bars to highlight chart values

This is a handy technique that I was recently reminded of, using error bars to highlight values on XY scatter charts. If you have an Excel chart you might often have the need to highlight a certain value of interest.…