Example Canopy Design and Documentation: Carports, Verandahs and Pergolas

Typically our involvement with carports, verandahs and pergolas, or more generally canopies, is the supply of structural reports or certification. Both reports and certification involve structural calculations, the difference between the report and certification is that we don’t compile the calculations into a report. Certification is only really appropriate for simple common place structural forms. […]

Software to Automate Engineering for Structural Products

Given an idealistic view that engineering takes place at the frontiers of science and technology, no engineering should be required for structural products as they are largely established technologies. However there may be need to make prototypes and physically test them to get some empirical data, and calibrate mathematical models. Additionally there are issues of […]

Manufactured Structural Product – Some Useful Terminology

Terminology Structural Product:  A system, a component of a system or an application. System: a collection of components which can be combined to create an assembly suitable for a specific application. Application: an assembly produced from the structural system for a specific purpose. Installation: a given application installed on a specific site to meet an […]

Manufactured Structural Product – A Start to Defining

A manufactured structural product (MSP), is a product that is dependent on structural engineering/design to demonstrate its fitness-for-function, and is otherwise fabricated in a factory and then transported to site and assembled. Primarily the intent is that it is designed once and fabricated and installed many times. The reality is, that the structural product is […]

TechNote#006 Internal Pressure Coefficients Industrial/Commercial Buildings

{Strictly speaking this is the first technical note I wrote back in 1996, but didn’t start to present such writings as notes until much later.} AS1170.2 Loading code : “Wind loads” is primarily set up for structures that have a single state-of-nature : permanently open to the atmosphere, or permanently sealed from the atmosphere. Many […]