TechNote#004 A GUIDE TO THE QUALITATIVE ASSESSMENT OF STRUCTURES

INTRODUCTION This guide is written to assist you (manufacturers/suppliers) with the following: Understanding the limitations of your currently held pre-engineered solutions. Assist you with developing a qualitative understanding of structures so that you can identify problems before they eventuate and seek engineering assistance to resolve them. THE GUIDE Not having a qualitative understanding of the […]

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 […]

Doubly Pitched, Gable Roof Structures, enclosed buildings and canopies.

Introduction Simple doubly pitched roof. Two structural members and three joints, with two of the joints as supports. The basic connection options for joints is pinned that is having no moment restraint, or fully fixed in which case has moment restraint. If have moment restraint then joint can resist forces which tend to cause rotation […]

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. […]

Canopy Design: pt#1 (Basic Procedure)

Free standing canopy (carports etc..) design is similar to the requirements for shed design. The primary difference is that with no wall cladding the wind load pushing against the side of the canopy is less. There is still a side ways load on the canopy, it comes from the horizontal component of the loads on […]