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

Truss-to-Truss and Truss-to-Everything Else Connections

Kelly Sias

One of the questions I am asked most frequently is “Who is responsible for the truss-to-(fill in the blank) connection? One such example is the truss-to-wall connection. To answer this question, it helps to recognize there are two types of connections: a truss-to-truss connection and a...

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December 2017
Issue #10221
Page 90

The Never-Ending Search for Truss Repair Information

Kelly Sias

Truss repair is one of the most frequently asked about truss topics. Not surprisingly, when we asked for suggested truss topics in a truss blog, truss repair made the list. Because the summer months bring about a peak in new construction – and plenty of truss repairs to go along with it...

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September 2017
Issue #10218
Page 84

Accommodating Truss Movement (Besides Vertical Deflection)

Kelly Sias

Vertical deflection resulting from live and dead loads – of both roof and floor framing components – is an important serviceability consideration in the overall design of the building. And while this could be a topic in and of itself, this article is instead going to focus on two...

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August 2017
Issue #10217
Page 82

Protect Yourself by Understanding Design Responsibilities

Simpson Strong-Tie Staff

ANSI/TPI 1, Chapter 2 As a truss technician or component manufacturer, have you ever been asked to perform duties that fall outside of ANSI/TPI 1, Chapter 2 guidelines? We know in our previous roles as truss technicians and component manufacturers, we were often requested to perform a task...

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July 2017
Issue #10216
Page 92

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