Tall Building

NASA Rocket Technology is Making Buildings Safer During Earthquakes

New technology developed by NASA aimed at reducing vibration in rockets is now being used to help counteract buildings from swaying during earthquakes.   Most current building’s use a tuned mass damper(TMD) which is a massive weight that counterbalances a buildings movements in the event of seismic activity. This was not an option for NASA since the extra weight of a TMD would not allow the rocket to lift off of the ground.   Scientists at at NASA were then forced […]

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Cold-Formed Steel Studs

Environmental Product Declaration For Cold-Formed Steel Studs and Track

The first ever Environmental Product Declaration for cold-formed steel studs and track was issued for the US and Canada by the Steel Recycling Institute recently. The documents are designed to help engineers and architects to detail their projects environmental impacts in order to help them gain certification from the US Green Building Council and various other green building certifications. Read more here.

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US Bank Stadium Construction

Photos: New Vikings Stadium About 90% Finished

Photos were recently released revealing the 90% completed US Bank Stadium. The new stadium measuring 1,750,000 square feet will be the new home for the Minnesota Vikings, the facility will also be open 355 of the year for public events like amateur sports, entertainment events and cultural celebrations. The seating capacity is going to accommodate approximately 66,000 fans. Check out the pictures here.

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Hostpry of Metallurgy

Bodycote’s Interactive History of Metallurgy

Bodycote just released an interesting Interactive History of Metallurgy. Starting with copper discovered in Irag that dated back to 8700 BC all the way through the development and use of bronze and iron all leading up to modern day steel. This is a well put together interactive infographic and worth having a look. Check it out here.

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Mile High Building Japan

New Building In Japan Could Be a Mile High

Structural engineering firm Leslie E. Robertson Associates and architects from Kohn Pedersen Fox are looking to erect a building that is a mile high in Japan. It will be the centerpiece of a mini city, dubbed Next Tokyo, in Tokyo bay aimed at battling climate change. In an effort to brace itself for rising tides, Next Tokyo will consist of a chain of hexagon shaped islands that would create a barrier that would protect against surging tides. Read more here.

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Offshore Wind Turbine

Durable Coating Developed for Offshore Energy Farms

Researchers for the Advanced Coatings for the Offshore Renewable Energy (ACORN) project have developed an aluminum based coating for offshore renewable energy sources. It is more environmentally friendly than traditional coating systems and lasts 20+ years at sea avoiding the need for additional cathodic protection. Since these structures cannot be dry-docked for maintenance corrosion protection has posed a major challenge. Read more here.

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