Tracy Roe

Better Tools for Wall Panel Design in Parametric 3D

Tracy Roe

Continuing our articles series on better tools for wall panel design, it’s time to start talking about parametric 3D. So, what is parametric 3D and what does it mean for you? According to Wikipedia, “Parametric design is a process based on algorithmic thinking that enables the...

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April 2020
Issue #12249
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Prep Time for Truss Job Bids Cut in Half…or Even More!

Alpine Team

Alpine’s STITCHER software delivers significant savings for APEX Technology’s bidding and design tasks The Product STITCHER is a unique software tool developed by Alpine to free component estimators and designers from repetitive tasks and to speed both bidding and production...

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April 2020
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Mike Momb

Things Roof Truss Manufacturers SHOULD Ask, But Don’t Always

Mike Momb

I didn’t just fall off of a turnip truck yesterday, even though there are a few who may doubt my claim! Prefabricated metal plate connected wood trusses and I became close friends back in April of 1977. Yes, we had electricity then and no, I did not watch space aliens build...

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April 2020
Issue #12249
Page 84
Thom McAnally

The Hiring Zone: A Typical Spring Hiring Season?

The Coronavirus is changing our landscape so fast that the three articles I wrote within the last week are no longer applicable. Because of this, I’ve decided to just give some facts and opinions from my vantage point at TheJobLine.com.  First, as of March 24th, we have not...

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April 2020
Issue #12249
Page 94
Frank Woeste. P.E.

All Things Wood: Continuous Learning and Virginia Tech

Frank Woeste

Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned professional, there’s always more to learn, especially as construction practices continue to evolve. That’s why our colleagues at Virginia Tech are pleased to be able to offer continuing education each spring. In addition, for many course...

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April 2020
Issue #12249
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Joe Kannapell

The Last Word: Not My Last Word

Joe Kannapell

From four stories up, I realized how far wood components have come. I was atop 170,000 sq. ft. of trusses, viewing the Minneapolis Basilica, and couldn’t help thinking back 47 years to my first jobsite visit. [See PDF or View in Full Issue for photos.] Back then, floor trusses were brand...

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April 2020
Issue #12249
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Glenn Traylor

How Important are Construction Tolerances?

Glenn Traylor

Back in the days before Autoset C®, Matchpoint®, and Wizard®, truss set-ups and the truss profile were dependent on the truss builder’s ability to accurately jig the truss being built using cross reference information and data. For example, a heel to peak measurement was taken...

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March 2020
Issue #12248
Page 41
Tracy Roe

Multi Family Tools for Wall Panel Design

Tracy Roe

Last month’s article launched our series on the most advanced panel design software in decades: Truebuild® Layout with panel design functionality. Written from the ground up by industry veterans and developed by the best in-house team in the industry, we listened to what you needed,...

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March 2020
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Preparing Fast and Accurate Bids with STITCHER

Alpine Team

Alpine’s STITCHER software makes a big difference for A-1 Roof Trusses providing rapid turn-around of bids—and much more The Product / The Speed STITCHER is a unique software tool developed by Alpine to free component estimators and designers from repetitive tasks and to speed...

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March 2020
Issue #12248
Page 66
Thom McAnally

The Hiring Zone: Future Roles for Senior Truss Designers

Today, senior designers working in the office are involved not only with designing day to day projects, but also with providing training, solving problems for lower level designers, and working with customers. Their experience and knowledge are invaluable in many respects. But, consider this:...

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March 2020
Issue #12248
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