Category Archives: structural

RISA-2D Version 10.1 is Now Available

From RISA RISA-2D 10.1 includes fully integrated concrete wall design. Model concrete walls and RISA-2D will design the reinforcement! This update also includes code updates to make RISA-2D fully compatible with IBC 2009. Visit the RISA-2D product page to learn more about this exciting release. via [http://risanews.com/risa-2d-version-10-1-now-available/]

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How Do Projected Loads Work in RISA?

RISA-3D, RISA-2D and RISAFloor have the capability to project distributed and area loads onto members.  How do they work, and how do you choose the right loading for an inclined member?  Find this answer and more in RISA’s article.  

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WBDG – Net Zero Energy Buildings

The WBDG has published an article on Net Zero Energy Buildings. The concept of a Net Zero Energy Building (NZEB), one which produces as much energy as it uses over the course of a year, recently has been evolving from … 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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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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How to Model a Hole in a Plate

Risa News has published a how-to for modeling a hole in a plate.  This is a useful method to do something this is pretty common when you have an opening of a significant size.     Via How to Model a … Continue reading

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