Joe Kannapell

Celebrating 50 Years of Truss Design Innovation, Part X

Joe Kannapell

Part X: Windows Works Its Magic When David McQuinn recommended Windows to MiTek’s management in 1990, few expected that Microsoft could compete with the two giants of the computer industry: Hewlett Packard and IBM. HP was the dominant provider of engineering computers. For a decade, its...

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May 2019
Issue #11238
Page 8
Joe Kannapell

Celebrating 50 Years of Truss Design Innovation, Part IX

Joe Kannapell

Part IX: Windows into Truss Design Two unstoppable waves merged to form the tsunami that swept over truss design in the 1990s. The first was the mass commercialization of the PC, accelerated by Michael Dell in the late 1980s. The second was the graphical user interface (GUI), exploited by our...

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April 2019
Issue #11237
Page 8
Robert Glowinski

AWC Releases 2015 Deck Guide in Spanish

Robert Glowinski

Spring is upon us. Construction is ramping up nationwide. And, as we get ready to spend more time in our favorite outdoor spaces and decks, we must ensure they are safe for gatherings with family and friends. Just in time for the nicer weather, and the influx of construction workers, the...

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April 2019
Issue #11237
Joe Kannapell

The Last Word: The Last Word on Attached Housing

Joe Kannapell

Now that one third of owner-occupied housing is tightly packed into metro areas, several challenges face our industry. Estimating requires more attention to architectural features and options. Engineering is critical on taller structures, and often requires consideration of mechanical...

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April 2019
Issue #11237
Page 105
Joseph Sirilla

Better Building BIM

Joseph Sirilla

Eliminating downtime associated with Requests for Information (RFIs) when clashes or questions come to light during the building phase saves significant time, money, and – of particular interest in our current supply-constrained labor market – construction labor. Many in the...

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October 2018
Issue #10231
Page 38
Joe Kannapell

Celebrating 50 Years of Truss Design, Part II

Joe Kannapell

Part II: Leaps Forward in Computerization None of us would forget the strange sounds that signaled a new era in truss design: the pounding of the keypunch, the whirring of the card reader, and the ratcheting of the line printer that emanated from the 10x10 room in front of our drafting...

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September 2018
Issue #10230
Page 8
Joe Kannapell

Celebrating 50 Years of Truss Design

Joe Kannapell

Part I: Computerization Begins The arrival of the first computers 50 years ago signaled that truss design had come of age. And they came just in time. We urgently needed them to meet the growing demand for truss designs. But they didn’t come with experienced operators – in the...

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August 2018
Issue #10229
Page 8
Steve Mickley

What is a Building Designer?

Steve Mickley

Generally, building design refers to the broadly based architectural, engineering, and technical applications to the design of buildings. Therefore, all building projects require the services of a building designer. Statutorily, the required credentials of a building’s designer vary from...

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June 2018
Issue #10227
Page 38
Shawn Overholtzer

The Art of the RFI

Shawn Overholtzer

Nothing will ruin your day faster than getting a call from a builder reporting an issue with trusses you’ve designed. You hear their frustration as they are faced with a potential delay and additional work to implement a fix. We all desire to eliminate those calls from our daily business,...

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April 2018
Issue #10225
Page 26

From Structural Plans to Truss Designs – Collaborative Effort or Review Nightmare?

Kelly Sias

In an ideal world, a building is envisioned and a structural engineer begins the structural design. When the decision to use roof trusses is made, a component manufacturer is promptly involved in the design process. Using the loads and design parameters from the structural engineer, the trusses...

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January 2018
Issue #10222
Page 94

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