State of Play: 2017/wk52

I was taking another look at statistics, and seems I made an error when reading data from wikipedia, which I opted for in preference to Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) because it was easier and faster to read. Instead of getting the population for Yorketown seems I may have  read the post code. So my […]

Collapse: Household Decks and Balconies are not Designed for Parties

So at the beginning of the year I was working on a project which whilst in the scope of the South Australian development act, and potentially the SA Building rules, it was otherwise beyond the scope of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and National Construction Code (NCC). This in turn led me to take […]

Sheds, Barns and Shacks

For quick estimate of the size of c-section frame to use for a gable roof building used as either a shed, barn or holiday shack the following quick design aids are available. Frame Selection Charts for Cold-formed Steel Sheds Design Chart Cold-formed Steel Sheds Wind Terrain Category 3 – Frames at 3m centres Design Chart […]

TechNote#017 Canopies: Flat Roof Carports, Verandahs, Pergolas and Patios

Various structural forms (SF) of canopies, typically constructed for use as carports, verandahs, pergolas and patios. {NB: Pergola and patio have otherwise been redefined by marketing: thus lost traditional meaning in terms of sales, but not in terms of regulations and codes.} If a carport, or verandah is made from cold-formed c- section and it […]

Comparing Calculation Tools

As indicated in previous post I’ve been considering whether to move away from spreadsheets for my calculations. I have previously discussed the use of MathCAD and similar software versus the use of spreadsheets on my personal blog in the post: Electronic Calculations (eCalc’s) . In the previous article my focus was protesting against those who consider […]

State of Play: 2017/wk48

I mentioned previously I gave up on the idea of developing Android Apps, the available software requires too much ram, and I had already been using MS Excel to prototype displays, therefore opted for the use of Google sheets for Android Apps. I’m now considering another situation. Mostly I do calculations in MS Excel, and […]