Monthly Archives: July 2011

Calculator to Estimate Time to Freezing for Water in an Insulated Pipe

The Whole Building Design Guide (www.wbdg.org) has updated their online calculator to estimate time to freezing for water in an insulated pipe. Reference: 2009 ASHRAE HoF, Chapter 23, Equation 1 (pg 23.4) This calculator estimates the time for a long, … Continue reading

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NSBA Addresses ARRC Abuse of Federal Funds for $190 Million Tanana River Bridge Crossing Project

If it wasn’t bad enough for California to spend taxpayer dollars on an overbudget project which outsourced jobs to China, the ARRC intends to use federal money to outsource steel to a foreign steel supplier.  From AISC’s website: (Chicago, IL) – … Continue reading

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RISA – How is the Seismic Weight Calculated for Seismic Load Generation?

RISA News has published an article on seismic weights and load generation for use with RISA Floor and RISA 3D:   In addition to the self weight check box options, you can also add applied loads to the Seismic Mass calculation.  To … Continue reading

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SMDI Publishes Third Edition of the Guide Specification for Highway Bridge Fabrication With High Performance Steel

For all steel bridge designers interested in using HPS 70W bridge steel, the Third Edition of the Guide Specification for Highway Bridge Fabrication With High Performance Steel has been published. This new edition of the Guide Specification is based on … Continue reading

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2011 NASCC proceedings now available

From American Institute of Steel Construction (Chicago, IL) – While there’s no substitution for attending NASCC: The Steel Conference in person, AISC offers the next best thing. As a benefit for attendees and members, we audio tape most of the … Continue reading

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Use of Chinese Steel (Mis)Leads to False Savings

The NSBA News Newsletter published the facts about the supposed $400 million in savings provided by outsourcing steel fabrication to China.  It turns out that the project is now $5.2 billion over budget. According to The New York Times, “The new … Continue reading

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“Download map area” in Google Maps for Android

You can now download a map area in Google Maps to your Android phone.  This is great if you are in an area with spotty or non-existent coverage. When you’re visiting an unfamiliar location, Google Maps for mobile is great … Continue reading

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AISC Store – Steel Construction Manual, 14th Edition

The AISC steel Construction Manual, 14th Edition is now available.  The AISC website describes the additions in the 14th edition. This Manual is the fourteenth major update of the AISC Steel Construction Manual, which was first published in 1927. Replacing … Continue reading

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How Do I Avoid Instability Warnings in a RISA-3D Model?

Have you ever asked, “How Do I Avoid Instability Warnings in a RISA-3D Model?”  If so, then RISA News has answered your question in their article with the same title. Have you ever received an instability warning when running a three … Continue reading

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Metals Industry Pushes Greater Use of Steel in New Home Construction

From the Metal Center News, AISI’s Robert Wills pushes Greater Use of Steel in New Home Construction citing several advantages of steel. But steel continues to advocate for gains in the homebuilding market, noting its environmental attributes and strength in … Continue reading

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