TechNote#005 A GUIDE TO THE ENGINEERING DISCIPLINES

Industrial Engineering Mostly concerned with obtaining the maximum benefit from available but otherwise limited resources. They assist with the design and development of both products and production processes. For projects that do not involve an architect or industrial product designer, an industrial engineer is a good starting point for coordinating and determining the need for […]

TechNote#003 A GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING THE ENGINEERING PROFESSION FOR MANUFACTURERS/SUPPLIERS AND OTHER USERS OF PRE-ENGINEERED SOLUTIONS

INTRODUCTION This guide is written to assist you (manufacturers/suppliers) with the following: Guidance on what services a consulting engineer can offer and therefore enable you to obtain the most appropriate service for your needs. Guidance on the risk, liability and responsibilities that engineering practitioners usually accept in the course of their duties. THE GUIDE Users […]

TechNote#001 INITIAL INVESTIGATION INTO THE IMPACT OF THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS OF BUILDING CODES ON GLAZED ENCLOSURES

{Originally wrote as technical note around 2005} INTRODUCTION The following technical note indicates some of the constraints on design that need to be considered when modifying an existing dwelling, by increasing internal floor area by enclosing a roofed area with glazing. (eg. A verandah or porch). Such extensions are generally not intended to increase habitable […]

Ten Types of Spreadsheet or eWorkBook Applications

TYPE 1: Reference Library These eWorkBooks are databases or tables of data which are largely constant, and used as lookup values for calculations. They include such things as materials libraries, properties of chemical elements and such things. {MS Access or other DBMS potentially the better tool for this} TYPE 2: Data Collection These are eWorkBooks […]

Coffee with STEAM

When first read about coffee with an architect, it seemed like a good idea, and something similar would be good for engineering, such as an equivalent coffee with an engineer.  However, being classified by Engineers Australia as an engineering technologist, it becomes a more cumbersome phrase.  Personally I don’t care much for occupational classification, it […]

TechNote#000 – Index to Technical Notes

INDEX TO TECHNICAL NOTES TN/000 Index to Technical Notes TN/001 Initial Investigation Into The Impact Of The Energy Efficiency Requirements Of Building Codes On Glazed Enclosures TN/002 Simplified Design Method – Design By Comparison TN/003 A Guide To Understanding The Engineering Profession For Manufacturers/Suppliers And Other Users Of Pre-Engineered Solutions TN/004 A Guide To The […]

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 […]

Plane Frame (2D) Matrix Structural Analysis

Now have source code for 2D Plane frame matrix structural analysis in Turbo Pascal, Delphi 3, Lazarus and Excel/vba using arrays indexed from base 1. Additionally have source Excel/vba, JavaScript/JScript, VB.net, C# and Java using arrays indexed from base zero. Was going to use J# as an intermediate step between C# and Java, but not […]