MiTek Staff

Proper Loading for Solar Panels

MiTek Staff

As the “Green” movement progresses and energy prices go increasingly higher, more and more homeowners and commercial developers are looking to utilize photovoltaic panels (solar panels) to help get them “off the grid.” It may seem that designing for solar panels is as...

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June 2024
Issue #16299
Page 108
Dante Khachadourian

The Birth of a Professional Engineer: Forging a Career at Simpson Strong-Tie

Dante Khachadourian

My engineering journey began back in the early 2000s in the living room of our house, playing with wooden blocks and building towers as high as I could reach without letting them fall over onto little brothers (the authorities having jurisdiction [aka my parents] had a set a restriction in our...

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June 2024
Issue #16299
Page 114
Landon Boucher

The Village at Madrone – Successful Collaboration Through Design-Make-Build

Landon Boucher

Developed by Jemcor Properties, The Village at Madrone is a 249-unit, 320,000 sf affordable housing development located in Morgan Hill, CA consisting of 14 building types with 3 floors of framing and a community clubhouse. Structural Engineering was led by NIC Structural Engineering Consultants....

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May 2024
Issue #16298
Page 60
Geordie Secord

Design Connections: What Will Customers Want, Need, and Pay to Have

Geordie Secord

Over the last couple of articles, I’ve spent some time discussing improvements that would improve both the energy efficiency and the ability of the truss system to withstand extreme weather conditions. If you’ve read those articles, you will know that I think it is ridiculous that we...

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May 2024
Issue #16298
Page 90
Alpine Team

Optimizing Truss Design

Alpine Team

Establishing a truss design process that progresses seamlessly from start to finish serves as a critical backbone for efficiency and ensures essential quality control measures. While individual processes might vary from designer to designer, here is a sample step-by-step process. Resist the...

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May 2024
Issue #16298
Page 96
Caleb Knudson

Innovating from the Ground Up: Welcome to the Future!

Caleb Knudson

At Simpson Strong-Tie, Risk-Taking Innovation is central to our mission of helping people design and build safer, stronger structures. We’ve devoted a tremendous amount of effort and resources to thoughtfully cultivating a culture of innovation. And as Engineers, we’ve been armed...

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May 2024
Issue #16298
Page 114
Joe Kannapell

The Last Word: How to Repair a Bridge Truss, or Any Sagging Truss

Joe Kannapell

When a ship hit the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, MD, its fate was never in doubt. But that was not the case when a barge hit the Eads Bridge near St. Louis, MO, another steel arched truss bridge. The Key Bridge lost one of its main supports, while the Eads Bridge lost one of its truss...

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May 2024
Issue #16298
Page 150
Thom McAnally

Will Offshore Designers Work for You?

You’ve likely been inundated with resumes and applications from independent offshore truss designers boasting software proficiency, estimating, takeoff, and design skills. Many highlight their experience with US and Canadian employers, often presenting themselves as part of a team of...

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April 2024
Issue #16297
Page 82
Simpson Strong-Tie Staff

The NHERI TallWood Project

Simpson Strong-Tie Staff

Q & A with Steve Pryor, P.E., S.E., Senior Manager, Testing and Research Operations, Engineering, Simpson Strong-Tie As a research partner in the National Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) TallWood project, Simpson Strong-Tie participated in a series of earthquake shake...

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April 2024
Issue #16297
Page 108
Geordie Secord

Design Connections: Designing for Resiliency

Geordie Secord

As I write this, I am sitting inside a warm office in Northern Ontario, looking out the window at near blizzard conditions, with heavy snow falling and –35° wind chill. Although it is very unpleasant outside, this isn’t necessarily unusual weather for this location, but what is...

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March 2024
Issue #16296
Page 90
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