Engineering

Gas Pressure

That odd round building in the photo above was the first time I encountered a structure that was a designed mix of wrought-iron and masonry. It’s the Gasholder House in Troy, New York. I was introduced to it when I was a student, not in an engineering class, but by a history professor, Tom Carroll. …

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Representation In Text

A picture is worth a thousand words, unless it isn’t. My early training was that every single piece of, for example, a connection had to be shown in a section and if that meant three or four sections for a single connection, then we drew three or four sections. (Language nit-picking clarification: all drawings are …

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Representation In Lines

Continuing yesterday’s topic, here’s an example of the difficulty in extending the standard drafting language used for structural drawings. I’m going to draw on two sources – my possibly inaccurate memory of the standard line types at my first engineering job in the late 1980s, and release 2.1 of the A/E/C Graphics Standard of the …

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Representation On Drawings

I’ve been thinking about this topic a lot lately. There is a standard language for structural drawings – actually there are several, but that doesn’t really change the argument – and I’m wondering if we should drift from it a bit. The basics for structural drawings are framing plans everywhere, elevations where needed, and details …

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Small And Close To Home

When picking bridge examples to discuss here, I make an effort to look all over the US. That’s partly to get some variety to the examples and partly to offset the natural tendency for a New Yorker to be extremely parochial. There’s a line by John Updike, which I’ve used in a number of presentations, …

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