structures

Modelling overlapping slabs with variable loads in ETABS

A quick discussion and verification of load calculation when modelling overlapping shells in ETABS

Debugging ETABS plugins in Visual Studio

A few points about debugging a C# etabs plugin in Visual Studio.

Building code height limit

The familiar 160 foot height limit appearing in ASCE 7 has no scientific backing.

Making an ETABS or SAP2000 plugin using the CSI oAPI

Learn how to get started writing a plugin to extend the functionality of the structural analysis programs ETABS or SAP2000.

Thoughts on the Civil-Structural PE Exam

This post contains some of my thoughts after writing the Oct 2018 Civil-Structural PE Exam.

Design of diagonally-reinforced coupling beams

This post contains an Observable Notebook that calculates factored capacity of a diagonally-reinforced header according to CSA A23.3-2014

Design of Short Columns

This post contains an Observable Notebook that calculates factored axial capacity of short columns according to CSA A23.3-2014

NBCC Load Combos

This post contains an Observable Notebook that calculates factored load from the load combinations in the National Building Code of Canada 2010 / 2015

SDOF Response

One of my first web development projects was to create a single-degree-of-freedom analysis tool. I wanted to learn some basic web development skills, and chose to use AngularJS and Foundation framework. The code and demo is available in my github repository

Characterization of Vancouver's Tall Buildings

The purpose of this study was to characterize a typical newly-constructed tall building in Vancouver, and assess the seismic performance of such a structure. We conducted a detailed review of new buildings in the downtown region which were constructed after 2005 and had a height greater than 100 meters.