`CreateObject("WScript.Shell").specialfolders("Desktop")`

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Sub fileWrite() If (Cells(15, 2).Value = "Desktop") Or (Cells(15, 2).Value = "desktop") Then 'if input cell is desktop then strFolder = CreateObject("WScript.Shell").specialfolders("Desktop") & "\" 'use desktop folder Else strFolder = Cells(15, 2).Value 'otherwise use directory path listed in input cell End If strFile = Cells(16, 2).Value 'input cell for file name strPath = strFolder & strFile 'combined directory + file name Dim fso As Object 'declare file system object Set fso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject") Dim oFile As Object 'declare file object Set oFile = fso.CreateTextFile(strPath) 'write the first 1001 lines of column S to a text file For i = 0 To 1000 'counter oFile.WriteLine Range("S" & (i + 1)) 'write cell contents to text file Next i oFile.Close 'close file Set fso = Nothing Set oFile = Nothing End Sub]]>

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For Windows and Mac OS X and Android

From the project site:

- Wabbitemu – An accurate emulator/debugger for the TI-73, TI-81, TI-82, TI-83, TI-83+(SE), TI-84+(SE), TI-84+CSE, TI-85, and TI-86
- SPASM – The fastest Z80 assembler with extra features supporting TI calculator development
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Wabbitemu creates a Texas Instruments graphing calculator right on your Android device. Wabbitemu supports the TI-73, TI-81, TI-82, TI-83, TI-83 Plus, TI-83 Plus Silver Edition, TI-84 Plus, TI-84 Plus Silver Edition, TI-85, and TI-86. Fast and convenient, Wabbitemu allows you to always have your trusty calculator with you. Because Wabbitemu is an emulator, the calculator it creates will act exactly like the real thing.

Wabbitemu, like all emulators, requires a ROM image. Wabbitemu includes an easy to use setup wizard that will help you create a ROM image for your TI.

If you need to make a ROM, you can download it from your calculator. If you need help try clicking on appropriate link below:

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(Chicago, IL) – This season, become more informed, more efficient, and a better structural engineer with AISC’s annual Spring Seminar Series. No matter what type of building you’re designing, nowhere else will you learn to leverage your professional knowledge with the 14th Edition Steel Construction Manual, apply welding applications for cost-efficient design or delve into design concepts and connections for seismic braced frames – all while learning from masters in these topics, in person. Organized by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), the Spring 2013 Seminar Series will be offered in 12 cities around the U.S. from March to June.

Act now and you’ll receive a $50 early registration discountwhen you register at www.aisc.org/seminars; the discount is valid until February 22.

This year’s AISC spring seminars include:

2010 Specification and 14th Edition Manual: The Louis F. Geschwindner Seminar

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Seismic Braced Frames – Design Concepts and Connections

Effective Steel Design with Seismic Considerations

Each lecture also provides useful tools and resources including course notes, design examples and AISC publications.

For more information on AISC’s spring seminars, registration details and pricing, visit www.aisc.org/seminars.

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The city’s water service said it’s possible the construction work near the water main caused the soil to shift, which led to the break.

Saeed Mirza is a professor emeritus at McGill University who specializes in structural engineering and the rehabilitation of infrastructure.

Mirza said the city should have known the pipe was vulnerable and taken the necessary precautions.

“It’s nearly a 100-year-old pipe. If the pipe was weakened, then any soil movement could easily fracture it,” he said. “Some engineer should have visualized this earlier.”

via [Montreal flooding linked to construction work – Montreal – CBC News.]

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ASHEVILLE— The collapse of a downtown building might have been avoided if a contractor had gone through the proper permitting process, the head of the city’s Development Services Department said Friday.Before a permit was issued, the city would have required that an engineer prepare plans that would include measures to ensure the structural integrity of the 1917 building during renovation, department head Robert Griffin said.

Odds are that following those plans would have prevented the Thursday collapse, he said.

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**Method (1) Format Cells**

1) Right click cell(s) of interest and click on “Format Cells…”

2) Under the **Number **tab Choose **Text** as your Category

**Method (2) Text function**

1) use the **TEXT** function. It has the formatting of =TEXT(Value,Format)

For example, =TEXT(42.6,”0.00″) returns 42.60 as a text value. The formatting is the same as that used in the * Format Cells* dialogue box.

**Method (3) Concatenation with &**

Using the ampersand (**&**), you can concatenate text. For example, the formula =”a”&”b” returns *ab.* If you concatenate any text to a number (including a null text such as “”) it will return a text value. So, typing the formula =””&70.0 returns 70 as a text. Note the formatting isn’t as convenient as using the **TEXT** function.

**Method (4) Text to Columns**

Choosing **Data** -> **Text To Columns** from the menu will let you convert your numbers to text. When the dialogue opens up just follow the steps in the Wizard:

Step 1) Choose **Delimited **and click **Next**.

Step 2) **Tab** delimited and click **Next.**

Step 3) Choose **Text** as your Coumn Data Format and click **Finish**.

A very common question for Excel is, “How do I average in Excel?” The simplest way to do this is to use the **AVERAGE** function. In the example to the left, **cell A5** has the following formula:

` =AVERAGE(A1:A3)`

This returns the Average (mathematical mean) of the three numbers in the *range* from A1 to A3 inclusively. You can check it by computing (2+3+6)/3 = 3.667.

If you are at the bottom of a column of numbers that you want to average just type

=AVERAGE(

in the cell that you want to show the average in. Before hitting the ENTER key, * select the range of cells you want to include in the average*. The formula will finish filling in the range and last parenthesis for you after you

Typing the formula below will give the same results as the example, but won’t update when you change any other cells:

=AVERAGE(2,3,6)

Of course, if you want other types of mathematical averages other than the mean (which AVERAGE returns), then the MEDIAN and MODE functions are also available. They work similarly to AVERAGE, but return their respective mathematical counterparts of central tendency. Other tips and advanced averaging functions are available from Microsoft’s help website such as these:

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- If you want to include logical values and text representations of numbers in a reference as part of the calculation, use the
AVERAGEAfunction.- If you want to calculate the average of only the values that meet certain criteria, use the
AVERAGEIFfunction or theAVERAGEIFSfunction.

Art Domagala’s Photo Blog has interesting pictures of the inspection of the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge. Check it out for some awesome shots.

]]>**LEAP Bridge v12.01.00.57**

Enhancements:

- Introduced a new analysis option “Integral Abutment Bridge” in the Project tab. This option allows users to analyze and design integral abutment

**LEAP CONSPAN ****v12. 01.00.57**

Enhancements:

- CONSPAN has been updated to comply with the AASHTO LRFD 6
^{th}edition. Primary changes are minimum reinforcement requirement changes and M_{cr}calculations.

**LEAP CONBOX ****v12. 01.00.57**

** **Enhancements:

- CONBOX now offers three types of temperature loading, including uniform temperature, linear gradient and multi-linear gradient temperature. Multi-linear temperature loading complies with AASHTO, CHBDC, and IRC codes.

**LEAP RC-PIER ****v12. 01.00.57**

Enhancements:

- For integral abutment bridges RC-PIER performs a 3D frame analysis. In the 3D analysis each abutment and pier is part of the full bridge model and is subjected to the loads generated through RC-PIER. Model tab displays both the 3D model and the specific abutment or pier 2D frame with the node and member numbers referenced in the analysis reports.

**Geometry Module: GEOMATH ****v12. 01.00.57**

Enhancements:

- Update for wall pier and pile bent.

To see the full list (there are a LOT more new features than the ones listed here), visit the Leap Product Update Page.

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