Structural Engineering 101
Foundations are the first thing to be built during construction. Therefore, they must be the first thing to be designed, right? WRONG! This is a common misconception. Surprising as it may be, buildings are built from the ground-up, but are designed from the top-down. (more…)
What to do if you misplace or bend anchor bolts:
Damaged or misplaced anchor bolts during the construction process is a very common occurrence, and I will address a few solutions. (more…)
MEP Design in Sports: Proper Lighting is Essential
It is no secret that Americans are consuming sports entertainment more than ever before causing live sports television markets to skyrocket. With every grant of rights agreement reached, with every broadcasting bid won, the payouts continue to climb at alarming rates for all major sports. So does the pressure to perfectly present these programs.
The staffs of major television networks work painstaking hours to deliver a sublime viewing experience for the audience at home. While these production professionals have plenty of nifty Hollywood camera tricks up their sleeves, if the venue is not up to par, all of their efforts are for naught.
What is the Most Important Component to Sport Facilities? Proper stadium infrastructure has the ability to enable the absolute best for athletic competition broadcasting and one of the most basic, yet most under appreciated aspects in the initial design phase for these venues, is lighting. (more…)
Principles to Excel in Projects and Your New Job
Nothing was slow-paced about the internship that taught me the real world of civil engineering. Design in steel connections for the WVU Solar Decathlon team; foundation, base plate and main member design for a column relocation; analysis in barge assembly structures and temporary polyurethane platforms; a feasibility study for an office addition; major drafting reviews for a sports stadium renovation; and photo documentation for pedestrian bridges and multi-use residential projects.
The work done by just an intern has shown me the diversity and necessity that exists in structural engineering, and Allegheny Design Services‘ hands-on and can-do approach to projects of all sizes and forms. (more…)
LOCAL PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER ACCEPTED AS MEMBER INTO THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF FORENSIC ENGINEERS AS A BOARD CERTIFIED DIPLOMATE
Allegheny Design Services’ president David R. Simpson, P.E., was recently accepted into the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE) as a Board Certified Diplomate in forensic engineering.