Computer models are useful in structural analysis, but are no substitute for laboratory testing. An important facet of structural testing and design, field and laboratory evaluation of engineering materials provides invaluable design and forensic information for structural engineers.
Utilizing a broad knowledge of civil and mechanical engineering along with one or more specialty skill sets, structural engineering consulting provides an invaluable resource for the design/build process.
Tedious hand calculations and slide rules for structural engineering design and analysis has given way to a plethora of low cost or even free structural engineering design software. A few example links are listed for convenience.
Commonly seen as a load bearing header over windows and doors, the deceptively simple post and lintel system can require non-trivial design analysis. While span limited due mainly to strength limitations in the lintel materials, this trabeated system has many other applications.
Unwelcome sound transmission in a building is typically perceived as a noise problem by the occupants. With more and more people living closer together, soundproof construction techniques are increasingly utilized in reducing noise and providing quieter working and living environments.
Searching for the top engineering colleges for civil and structural engineering? There are many outstanding institutions to consider, and here is one possible short list of only some of the most notable choices. Visit the websites, talk to alumni, and otherwise do the homework when deciding.
A degree in structural engineering can be the start of a rewarding civil engineering career for dedicated engineering students. Many areas of specialization are available and qualified graduates may pursue exciting careers with existing structural engineering firms or as independent consultants.
Earthquakes present one of civil engineering’s most complex challenges. They typically strike without forewarning and impact every aspect of a civilization’s infrastructure. Are earthquake resistant construction techniques a viable option for low income population centers in earthquake zones?
Common place terrestrial materials handling techniques become uncommon once the effects of gravity are no longer Earth normal. Zero gravity, low gravity, and high gravity fields associated with the infrastructure of extraterrestrial life will present unique and probably frustrating challenges.
As a source of constant solar radiation, the sun can be a warming presence, a source of energy, or an annoying heater depending on the albedo of materials and type of construction used.
Planning for the construction of infrastructure systems is heavily dependent on population trends and population dynamics. As world-wide funding for these construction projects reaches into the trillions of dollars, better predictive indicators are needed.
Created as a base to support all kinds of structures, foundations are one of the least glamorous, yet most important components in structural civil engineering and construction.
Greater utilization of underground construction is growing in popularity as a strategy to increase available commercial and infrastructure space. A few noteworthy site preparation activities and guidelines are summarized and described for tunnels, utilities, and related projects.
This is the first in a series of articles reviewing specific structural engineering basics and design processes. In this introductory article, simple structural engineering elements are classified to form the basis of more complex structures.
What do pasta, muscles, and a roof truss have in common? They all can be strained, although only one experiences structural engineering strain. A continuing series of articles on fundamental engineering analyses.
The LEED system for energy efficient building construction, maintenance, and operation has led to renewed interest in roof gardens and greenery. Several important considerations should be examined for retrofit and new construction of such systems.