Building a Structural (Engineering) Design eWorkbook – Part 1

Introduction Actually from my viewpoint not engineering because: Engineering takes place at the frontiers of science and technology. It is a high risk activity, based on highly deficient knowledge, with uncertain outcomes. The thing we are concerned with here are established technologies, with an established body of technical knowledge, making planning, design and management based […]

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 […]

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 […]

Shed Design: pt#1 (Basic Procedure)

The basic procedure for shed design involves assessing the loads imposed by the environment, determining the effects of those loads on the frame and its connections and then specifying such so that have adequate resistance. {what follows is a rough outline and subject to revision.} [toc] Environmental Assessment Environmental considerations include, rain, flood waters, hail, […]