Something that really irks me when checking others concrete designs, is the apparent lack of knowledge surrounding moment or tension reinforcement development. Along with the concept of moment coverage diagrams to prove that all regions of your member have sufficient moment strength. Isn’t this the point of designing the beam….. Arrgghhh!Read More
The other day I learned a useful shortcut in windows, being that the Windows key + SHIFT + S opens up the snipping tool in windows, very handy. This is something I always used to open manually with a search for via the start menu, very cumbersome right.
This got me thinking, what other things am I ashamed to admit I found out way after the rest of the world apparently did, and way after I’d like to admit after doing it some other way that either took more time or was just plain dumb in hindsight with respect to using shortcuts instead…. and things I instantly regretted with the power of a wayward shortcut applied in the wrong situation. Read on and learn:-Read More
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 and a 3 there, and the whole mass and weight thing which I didn’t even realise existed…..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
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
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 I guess (if nothing else).
It’s pretty simple, and in most cases it will yield a capacity very similar to the code hand methods, albeit via a completely different path. It’s always good when different methods yield similar results.Read More