Conversation Plinth is a collaboration between IKD, a Boston-based architectural design firm, Bensonwood, SMARTLAM, the first CLT manufacturer in the US, and Clemson University’s Wood Utilization and Design Institute.
One of five Exhibit Columbus winners of the J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller prize, Conversation Plinth is designed to generate conversation around the use of hardwood CLTs in US construction.
In RFEM and RSTAB, weak points in static models can be easily and quickly recognized using stability analyses. In the add-on modules RF-STABILITY (for RFEM) and RSBUCK (for RSTAB), effective lengths and buckling loads are determined for every member, and the critical load factor is displayed for the entire structure. The critical load factor reflects the stability risks of a structure. The buckling modes can also be visualized and even animated for a better analysis.
The Études Techniques Lyonnaises engineering office was in charge of planning and structural design of the foundation of an industrial site’s new unloading area in the Isère department in France.
The new unloading area consists of a steel framework built on a base slab. The total area is divided into two parts: a traffic and unloading zone for rail cars, and an area with a pit and a traffic zone for lift trucks.
SWE-Eurodrive GmbH & Co. KG, a German family-owned company operating in the area of drive technology, expands its plant until 2019 at Graben-Neudorf. The existing plant with a size of 110,000 m² will almost be doubled. The main components of the extension is a factory building, a combined pedestrian and media bridge as well as a road bridge.
The latest version of RFEM 5 offers the possibility to export the surface reinforcements defined in the RF-CONCRETE Surfaces add-on module as reinforcement objects to Revit by using the direct interface. In RF-CONCRETE Surfaces, surface, rectangle, polygonal and circular reinforcement areas can be selected as an option. In addition to bar reinforcement, it is also possible to export mesh reinforcement.
The new bridge replaces the existing Hervester Bridge No. 423, which was classified as dilapidated. After the assembly at the bank, it was pushed over the Wesel-Datteln Canal step by step. A pontoon boat was used here to move the structure to the other bank.
RFEM 5 has been tested and accepted by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) for use on Department projects as a general purpose structural analysis software program.
Dlubal Software offers on its website a free service for a quick determination of snow load, wind and earthquake zones according to European and Swiss standards. The user just has to click on the corresponding map and gets:
- For snow: snow load zone, characteristic value of snow load sk
- For wind: wind zone, basic velocity pressure qb
- For earthquakes: earthquake zone, reference value of the maximum ground acceleration agR, subsoil class (for Germany)
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