## Metric for the win…

I’m not a fan of the imperial system when it comes to engineering calculations, I make no secret of this. Nothing is easier than multiples of ten in my mind, it just makes sense. As opposed to a 12 here…

ENGINEER v SHEEP!

Nothing at all to do with sheep...

ENGINEER v SHEEP!

Nothing at all to do with sheep...

I’m not a fan of the imperial system when it comes to engineering calculations, I make no secret of this. Nothing is easier than multiples of ten in my mind, it just makes sense. As opposed to a 12 here…

Well, this post has been a while coming (since Part 9), 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…

In part 1 we added a single line of JavaScript, it was basic. But hopefully that single line of JavaScript provided some inspiration on how you could make other stamps you might create dynamic, and less specific. In this post…

In my previous post I commented on how Bluebeam could be made a ‘little‘ bit more useful. It wouldn’t be that hard for the developers … surely. However, if you know a little JavaScript and are motivated enough you can…

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…

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…

Onto explaining the user defined functions, if you have no idea what I’m talking about go see Part 1.

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…

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…

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…

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,…

So if you’ve been following along with this series you now hopefully know a little bit more about some of the methods involved in undertaking buckling analyses. Pat yourself on the back for making it this far through my ramblings…

In the last post we looked at the basic method of undertaking a flexural buckling analysis using Mastan2 and interpretation of the results. We compared a couple of the built-in equations in AS4100 & NZS3404 relating to the moment modification…

In the last post in this series we looked at a semi-real scenario where a rational elastic buckling analysis was undertaken in which we were able to determine the axial capacity of a system of members. The exact type of…

In part 1 of this series, we briefly explored the requirements related to calculating the capacity of a column via the use of a buckling analysis. Introducing the general methodology to follow and showing agreement with the normal hand methods…

This post was inspired by a rather epic post at Eng-Tips forum, which came out of a seemingly simple request for some help on the segment length to consider for a continuous beam design to AS4100 (the Australian Steel code).…