ATC Hazards

The Applied Technology Council (ATC) has made a web tool for determining structural hazards by location. This is a useful tool to document code specified design values for snow, wind, seismic loading criteria. You can find their tool at https://hazards.atcouncil.org/#/ .

About the ATC:

The Applied Technology Council (ATC) is a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation established in 1973 through the efforts of the Structural Engineers Association of California. ATC’s mission is to develop and promote state-of-the-art, user-friendly engineering resources and applications for use in mitigating the effects of natural and other hazards on the built environment. ATC also identifies and encourages needed research and develops consensus opinions on structural engineering issues in a nonproprietary format. ATC thereby fulfills a unique role in funded information transfer.

ATC is guided by a Board of Directors consisting of representatives appointed by the American Society of Civil Engineers, the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations, the Structural Engineers Association of California, the Structural Engineers Association of New York, the Western Council of Structural Engineers Associations, and four at-large representatives concerned with the practice of structural engineering. Each director serves a three-year term.

Project management and administration are carried out by a full-time Executive Director and support staff. Project work is conducted by a wide range of highly qualified consulting professionals, thus incorporating the experience of many individuals from academia, research, and professional practice who would not be available from any single organization. Funding for ATC projects is obtained from government agencies and from the private sector in the form of tax-deductible contributions.

The corporate headquarters for ATC is located in Redwood City, California, with a satellite office in Arlington, Virginia.

Their sponsors include

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
www.fema.gov

Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS)
disastersafety.org

Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA)
www.mbma.com

Carport Central
www.carportcentral.com

American Iron and Steel Institute
www.steel.org

Steel Bridge Design Handbook

Steelbridges.org has an online Steel Bridge Design Handbook.  The initial Chapters and Design Examples of the renamed Steel Bridge Design Handbook are available for download on their website.  The examples are quite informative.

The original Highway Structures DesignHandbook was produced by US Steel in the 1970s. The project was subsequently taken over by AISC Marketing. Now, with federal grant money, NSBA with HDR Engineering, Pittsburgh, PA as the Principal Engineer, is undertaking the much-needed updating of this important industry document. Eventually, it will encompass 23 chapters and seven Design Examples. The chapters are being written by prominent engineers in the field and reviewed by a committee organized by NSBA. Comments are compiled by NSBA, returned to the authors for revisions, and then finalized by NSBA.

Head on over to see it: http://www.steelbridges.org/contentNSBA.aspx?id=20244