Engineering

Two New York Minutes

This Thursday evening I will be competing in an Elevator PitchaKucha* organized by the New York Metropolitan Local Association of the Institution of Civil Engineers on the topic of improving the city’s infrastructure. The event, called “Infrastructure in a New York Minute,”** is going to be a very fast-paced*** presentation and discussion. I don’t want to …

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Recognition

Three projects that OSE worked on have won 2021 Lucy G. Moses Preservation Awards from the New York Landmarks Conservancy. That’s good news and, considering that the awards are given to the project as a whole, it’s good news for a lot of firms other than just us. Our congratulations to all, since successful completion …

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Conference Reminders

The Structural Engineers Association of New York annual conference is being held virtually this Thursday and Friday: “Maintaining the Past: Modifications & Retrofits to Existing Buildings.” The Northeast Chapter of the Association for Preservation Technology annual symposium is being held virtually this Friday: “Disasters and How We Overcome Them.” Through a spectacular failure of planning …

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High Capacity

I finally took a train from the new and improved Penn Station, and my review of the station is coming soon. Meanwhile… That’s an original column that supports one end of a large roof truss and one bay of mezzanine floor above. It’s a big built-up box, riveted together from plates and angles. It was …

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Under Our Feet

Everyone knows that New York has subways, so even people new to the city who are fascinated to hear the sound of a train though a grating in the sidewalk are not surprised by it. The underground structures for other trains, including the station yard for Grand Central, are something else entirely. The yard is …

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