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Weld Fume Hazards and How to Protect Yourself

  Welding fuses two metal pieces together melting the base metal and a filler material forming a joint that is often stronger than the base metal. The heating of the base metal and filler causes vapors to emanate from the arc concentrating into extremely fine particles that can be exceedingly bad for human health. We have summarized some of the best practices for protecting yourself and others around you from the dangers of welding fumes.   What is in welding […]

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SLC Mall Has Unique Retractable Roof

The City Creek Center in Salt Lake City has a state of the art retractable roof. The S-shaped roof is built out of 36 structural steel “whalebone ribs” that hold glass panels to allow a great deal of light into the shopping mall. Read more here.

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3D Robotics Unveils Drone to Cloud Solution

3D Robotics is joining forces with Sony and Autodesk that allows job site drone data collection and processing on a single platform. The smart drone will gather data and images utilizing Sony technology. The data will then be uploaded to the 3DR cloud to be processed with Autodesk’s ReCap. Read more here.

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New Modeling Software Increases Workflow Efficiency

Trimble just released 3 new versions of their modeling software that are designed at improving efficiency in the analysis and design process. The new programs have a much improved user interface with customizable menus and icons that shorten the learning curve and speed up the design and analysis process. Read more here.

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New Polymer Additive Reveals Microscopic Damage

A new polymer additive will allow engineers to detect damage to steel long before a visual examination would reveal deterioration. The creators imbed tiny capsules of uv sensitive dye into a polymer, when the base material is damaged the capsules release the dye allowing engineers to detect microscopic damage. This will be especially helpful for systems where microscopic damage can quickly have massive ramifications. Read more here.

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Young Architects Design Santa’s New Compound

The city of Oulu, Helsinki Design Week, Ruukki Construction, and renowned Norwegian design and architecture firm Snohetta put on a contest for young architects to design a modern home and distribution facility for Santa Claus. Santa wanted the layout to be efficient, sustainable and be able to blend in with the environment of the North Pole. Read more here: Architects Compete To Design Santa’s Modern Digs

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Demand for Steel to Hit Highest Mark Since 2007

After enduring anemic pricing and spotty growth the cold-formed steel industry is looking to reach it’s highest point since 2007. Experts believe the stabilized pricing of steel and the increase in production will lay the groundwork for growth in 2015. Read more here :Demand for Steel projected to Hit Highest Mark Since 2007

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Dubai Skyscaper officially tallest in the world

At 829.8 meters tall, the Burj Khalifa building in downtown Dubai is the tallest man-made structure in the world. The building totaled 7 Guinness World Records including Tallest Building(828.5m), Tallest Man-made Structure on Land(828.5m), Highest Residential Apartments(385m), Most Floors in a Building(160), Highest Restaurant From Ground Level(441m), Tallest Elevator(504m), and Highest Observation Deck(555.7). The tower uses a bundled tube design which utilized about half the amount of steel that the Empire State Building used. The engineers had to develop a […]

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