Simpson Strong-Tie® Exhibit at DeckExpo to Showcase New Products, Deck Safety Demo and Fastener Installation Contest
Simpson Strong-Tie will collapse a deck, challenge expo attendees in a fastener contest, and highlight its innovative DeckTools® software and new construction products at the DeckExpo in Chicago, Oct 17-18, booth 2221.
Here are descriptions of some of the Simpson Strong-Tie products and demonstrations that will be showcased.
Deck Collapse Demonstration
Every year, people across the country are seriously injured or killed by unexpected deck failures. To help raise awareness about the importance of deck safety and code-compliant construction, Simpson Strong-Tie will demonstrate a live deck collapse both days at 1 p.m. DeckExpo attendees are invited to visit the Simpson Strong-Tie booth to witness the collapse. At the same time, they will learn about the common causes of deck failure and the critical connections on a safe, code-compliant deck.
DeckTools Software Demonstration
The immersive 3D DeckTools software is the only deck design tool created to be a sales tool first and foremost. DeckTools software enables the user to design decks in a photo-realistic, 3D environment. The design is rendered in real time, so it’s easy to make changes and show upgrade options. The demo will show how to use the software’s flexible estimating features to automatically price decks as well as how to create proposals with one click.
DSV Fastener Contest
To demonstrate how easy it is to use DSV deck screws, DeckExpo attendees will be invited to compete against one another to see who can install the most DSV screws the fastest. The low-torque threads on the DSV decking screw allow up to 35% more screws to be driven on a single battery charge. The contestants will also experience firsthand how the high-low tip provides fast starts as well as how easy it is to countersink the screw. The DSV is commonly used with preservative-treated decking.
CPTZ Post Base – Available Now
The new CPTZ post base incorporates a knife plate with a standoff base for a clean, concealed look. It features a 1”standoff height above concrete, which is required by code when supporting decks exposed to weather or water splash. The standoff height also reduces the potential for decay at post or column ends. The CPTZ installs with ½” diameter galvanized pins (supplied).
For more information about these and other deck products, visit our Deck Center web page at www.strongtie.com/deckcenter.
Researchers Test Simpson Strong-Tie® Strong Frame® Special Moment Frame to Validate Seismic Retrofit Solutions for Soft-Story Buildings
Editor’s Note: Prior to the final earthquake test and collapse of the building, a media event with key spokespeople will begin at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET on Saturday, August 17 at the University of San Diego. To RSVP, contact Kate Jeracki with Colorado State University at 970-980-3678.
Live video feed at http://nees.ucsd.edu/video/
Previous test video at http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCf4RMlUGIqLW7rvpUn-up9Q
As part of the NEES-Soft project led by Colorado State University, Simpson Strong-Tie and other industry collaborators successfully completed earthquake testing of a Simpson Strong-Tie® Strong Frame® special moment frame seismic retrofit of a four-story building during several days of testing from July 24 to August 5 at the University of California San Diego.
The testing was intended to validate the FEMA P-807 guidelines that address seismic retrofit requirements for weak-story, wood-frame buildings in seismically active regions of the United States. The test set up featured a full-scale, four-story wood-frame building with a soft (weak) first story. Simpson Strong-Tie Strong Frame special moment frames were used to retrofit just the first story of the building (the garage area) to see if a lower-cost alternative could minimize building damage during an earthquake. Using the university’s outdoor shake table, the building was subjected to four earthquakes that ranged in magnitude from approximately 3.5 to 6.5.
“After two small shakes and two significantly larger shakes, the building is damaged, but still structurally safe enough for occupancy,” said John van de Lindt, principal investigator on the test and civil engineering professor at Colorado State University. “Earthquakes are particularly damaging to buildings with open spaces at street level and they are prone to collapse at that structurally weak and soft first level even in moderate earthquakes.”
Last April, the City of San Francisco implemented a mandatory soft-story retrofit ordinance requiring evaluation and retrofit for multi-unit soft-story buildings, which includes the option to retrofit using the FEMA P-807 approach. The Simpson Strong-Tie Strong Frame special moment frame was tested based on a retrofit designed in accordance with FEMA P-807. The special moment frame was the only proprietary solution tested for FEMA P-807 in the NEES-Soft project.
“The building tested is like many multi-family buildings in San Francisco built in the mid 1900s,” explained Steve Pryor, project collaborator and International Director of Building Systems for Simpson Strong-Tie. “If not retrofitted, these buildings pose a serious life-safety risk.”
The Strong Frame special moment Frame has patented Yield-Link™ structural fuse technology that is designed to bear the brunt of lateral forces during a seismic event. It is an ideal retrofit solution because it can be installed in existing buildings. The frame’s structural fuses or “links” can also be easily replaced after a seismic event (rather than the entire frame), which is a significant cost savings for building owners.
After the first test series, the upper stories of the building showed negligible damage, due to the Strong Frame fuses in the ground floor frames absorbing the earthquake energy within the frame and keeping the structural integrity of the beams and columns intact. The structural fuses were not replaced between tests, demonstrating their ability to continue to perform during aftershocks.
“The Strong Frame special moment frame performed exactly as we expected,” said Pryor. “We believe this testing demonstrates to building owners that there’s a practical and cost-effective retrofit solution that not only will meet the City of San Francisco’s ordinance, but will also set precedence for other cities with seismic risk.”
The NEES-Soft project is a five-university, multi-industry collaboration led by Colorado State University’s van de Lindt in conjunction with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Cal-Poly Pomona, Western Michigan University, and Clemson University. Industry partner Simpson Strong-Tie is a major collaborator on the tests. Van de Lindt, the George T. Abell Professor in Infrastructure in the CSU College of Engineering, obtained the $1.24 million grant from the National Science Foundation for the research, with additional support provided by the U.S. Forest Products Laboratory. The testing is being performed on the Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation shake table at the NSF shared use facility at the University of California San Diego.
For more information, visit the company’s website at www.strongtie.com.
Structural Engineering Software Solutions Provider, S-FRAME Software, Announces New Education Program
S-FRAME Software Inc., developer of structural engineering software solutions used by Structural and Civil Engineering Professionals worldwide, announced a new online training curriculum which augments the current S-FRAME Software in-person training offerings. The content has been created based upon feedback from hundreds of clients around the world who are looking to further their modeling and simulation capabilities. The S-FRAME training curriculum is designed to be delivered in a short, yet focused online format, making it convenient for the practicing engineer to attend and eliminating the need to travel for extended periods.
“For years various structural engineering software companies have tried various forms of training methods to help the engineer develop skills, but it usually turns out to be too much material in too short a timeframe,” said Dr. Marinos Stylianou, CEO of S-FRAME Software. “Our clients have spoken loud and clear about the types of topics, the time to deliver training, the methodology to offer the training, and the benefits of receiving the training. We have designed our online training curriculum so that participants not only learn, but they are tested and certified, along with receiving Professional Development Hours for their efforts. The curriculum has applicability for the practicing engineer, as well as new engineers and upcoming engineering students who increasingly find companies are looking for structural engineering modeling & simulation knowledge using S-FRAME Software products.”
S-FRAME will be offering an online class called Finite Element Analysis & Design – Level 1 from August 12-16, 2013. Interested parties can go here for more information and details on registering.
ABC First Manufacturer Detailing 100% in BIM
American Buildings Company (ABC), a leading manufacture and supplier of pre-engineered metal building systems, is the first manufacture to begin detailing 100 percent using 3D Building Information Modeling (BIM). To take BIM a step further ABC has worked to create “high definition BIM” that shows details and connections, including bolting, anchoring and insulation.
“The push for BIM adoption at ABC came directly from our own detailers looking for ways to improve viewing of structural members and parts” said Ron Kuenkler, president of ABC. “BIM is a game changer, with the potential to revolutionize every phase of the construction process. We like to think of our version of the software as not just 3D, but HD.”
BIM is the process of not only generating but also managing building data and it various components throughout the building’s lifecycle. Using three dimensional, real-time, dynamic building modeling software to increase productivity in building design and construction, the process produces the Building Information Model.
“Utilizing BIM in every project we do gives ABC an upper hand allowing for enhanced quality control, providing comprehensive lice-cycle management that leads to increased productivity” said Kuenkler. “BIM detailing has already improved the quality of our buildings because we can detect part clashes before manufacturing begins.
ABC is utilizing BIM due to the high degree of detail available with the software, which is critical for design, detailing and manufacturing requirements. Removing human calculation error with no manual scaling from blueprints, it allows for increased productivity and accuracy in and intelligent and rich 3D BIM environment. For more information on American Buildings Company, visit their website at www.americanbuildings.com.
Introducing the New Anthony Lumber Span Calculator
We have introduced a new Powerful Solutions™ tool, a lumber span calculator to help designers and specifiers with the transition to the new Southern Pine design values and spans which were effective June 1, 2013.
This free Anthony Lumber Span Calculator calculates spans and compares spans of Southern Pine versus other species of lumber, using either the pre June 1, 2013 spans or the new spans.
Simple drop down menus allow the user to input species, grade, member type, deflection limit, lumber spacing and loading conditions. Automatic defaults are set for the most common deflection limits, spacing and loading conditions when “member types” are changed. Clicking on the Grade/Span Comparison calculator bar will allow span comparisons between different grades of Southern Pine.
To run the New Anthony Lumber Span Calculator, simply go to www.anthonyforest.com and click on New Anthony Lumber Span Calculator.
Check back to our website this August for the release of more Anthony Forest Products Company’s Powerful Solutions™ tools, our new mobile Apps for Apple and Android smart phones. By using these new Powerful Solutions™ App tools, you will be able to run the Anthony Lumber Span Calculator from the convenience of your smart phone.
Vulcraft Joists Build Golden Gate Pavilion
Vulcraft joists were used to assemble an inventive design for the Golden Gate Pavilion, helping to make the contemporary structure an international gateway and visitor destination in honor of the Bridge’s 75th Anniversary.
“When the Golden Gate Bridge has been hailed as one of the modern wonders of the word, you must develop its visitor center with the latest technology and innovation,” said Louis Lozano, Vulcraft Northern California District Sales Manager. “Vulcraft’s joists play a vital aesthetic role in the design and architecture of the new welcome center.”
Project Frog, the design team, worked with Vulcraft to determine the joist profile that would best fit the design features. Vulcraft’s LH series joists were chosen for their open web aspect that favored the airy layout. These joists are one of Vulcraft’s special profiles designed to reach longer spans while supporting large loads and accommodating a variety of conditions.
“The Vulcraft team was able to take Project Frog’s vision and bring it to life,” said John Jackson, Project Frog director of architecture. “The open, column-free span floor space provides flexibility for unconstrained interpretative exhibit design; perfect for retail.”
Serving as the anchor to draw visitors to the area, the 3,500-square-foot facility is cloaked in the same internationally famous orange color as the Bridge itself. Numerous “green” features are incorporated into the building including a LED track lighting system that is attached to the joists throughout the pavilion.
The project began the summer of 2011 and the visitor center was completed a year later on May 8, 2012. The pavilion offers an extensive look at the bridge’s history, while also providing education on sustainable building techniques, energy performance and environmental responsibility.
For more information, please visit: www.vulcraft.com.
New Innovative Anchor Designer™ Software with Interactive 3D Interface
Simpson Strong-Tie introduces its Anchor Designer professional designer software to comply with ACI 318, ETAG and CSA code requirements. The software features a fully interactive 3D graphical user interface with intuitive navigation and real-time design.
Anchor Designer enables structural engineers to satisfy the strength design provisions of ACI 318 Appendix D, CAN/CSA A23.3 Annex D, ETAG 001 Annex C or EOTA TR029 design methodologies. The software quickly and accurately analyzes an existing design or suggests anchorage solutions based upon user-defined design elements in cracked and uncracked concrete conditions.
The software supports Imperial and Metric-Sized Simpson Strong-Tie® mechanical and adhesive anchors, and also offers cast-in-place solutions. Anchor Designer can calculate up to 16 anchors in a single plate, along with single or multiple variations of anchor models. The substrates in the program include concrete, light-weight concrete and concrete over metal deck.
Anchor Designer replaces the Simpson Strong-Tie Anchor Selector™ for ACI 318 and Anchor Selector™ for ETAG software, and is compatible with design files created with those programs. The software is free and available in English, German, French and Danish. To download Anchor Designer, visit www.strongtie.com/anchordesigner. For questions or comments about using the software, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
S-FRAME Software Announces New Design & Detailing Product for Foundation Applications Called S-FOUNDATION Design
Leading Structural Engineering Software Provider introduces S-FOUNDATION Design, a comprehensive analysis, design, and detailing tool for both complex and simple foundation applications. For details, click here.
Simpson Strong-Tie Honored with Sphere 1 Partner of the Year Award for Second Consecutive Year
Simpson Strong-Tie has been recognized as 2012 Preferred Supplier Partner of the Year by Sphere 1, a cooperative of independent tool and fastener distributors. Simpson Strong-Tie received the premier award over 84 other Sphere 1 preferred suppliers for the second year in a row.
Individual awards were presented to companies that performed well in one of the six different criteria categories established by Sphere 1. The Preferred Supplier Partner of the Year Award goes to the organization that ranks highest overall across all six criteria, including sales volume increase over the previous year, growth percentage, number of members purchasing from the supplier, completion of Gateway for Growth Programs and Sphere 1 University student course completions in 2012.
Sphere 1 CEO Carol Shackelford noted, “Congratulations to Simpson Strong-Tie for winning Partner of the Year again! We appreciate their participation and the commitment from their outstanding team. Simpson Strong-Tie will have another opportunity to exclusively showcase their wonderful line-up of products to our membership at our Annual Member Meeting next year in May in San Antonio, TX.”
“Being awarded the Preferred Supplier Partner of the Year for the second consecutive year is a great achievement, and we thank the Sphere 1 membership for this outstanding recognition. We look forward to continuing our fruitful relationship with Sphere 1 by providing the membership with the products, testing and customer service we are known for,” said Simpson Strong-Tie President Terry Kingsfather.
The award was presented at Sphere 1’s Annual Member Meeting on May 7-9, 2013 in Tucson, AZ.
Simpson Strong-Tie Sponsors Building Safety Month in May
Simpson Strong-Tie is proud to once again join other industry associations and organizations in supporting the International Code Council’s (ICC) 2013 Building Safety Month in May. As a Supporting Sponsor, Simpson Strong-Tie is encouraging the industry and the general public to learn more about ways to make buildings, homes and decks safe and strong.
Building Safety Month is a public awareness campaign during May to help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create and sustain safe and sustainable structures. As an annual event, this year’s theme is “Code Officials Keep You Safe.” The four-week campaign focuses on key safety areas each week, including fire safety and awareness, disaster safety and mitigation, backyard and pool safety, and energy and green building. The overall goal is to reinforce the need for adopting modern, model building codes as well as implementing strong and efficient code enforcement. To learn more about the campaign and how to get involved, visit www.buildingsafetymonth.org.
“Simpson Strong-Tie structural products help people build safer, stronger homes, buildings and decks,” said Terry Kingsfather, president of Simpson Strong-Tie. “We’re proud to support Building Safety Month and the work that code officials do every day to ensure structures are well built and safe.”
As a sponsor, Simpson Strong-Tie has several resources that help support the initiatives of Building Safety Month, including educational materials about designing and building homes and buildings to resist earthquakes and high winds as well as building and retrofitting code-compliant outdoor decks. These resources can be found on the Building Safety Month website and the Simpson Strong-Tie® homeowner website, SafeStrongHome.com.
Vulcraft Group Introduces Add-in For BIM to Increase Efficiency
NuBIM™ Vulcraft Add-In for Revit® Software to save time and money
Vulcraft Group announces NuBIM™ Vulcraft Add-In for Revit® software, a proprietary, custom-built tool to help streamline joist configuration in Building Information Modeling (BIM). This user-friendly Revit specification tool will automatically create specified joists in a model after the user has made selections, eliminating the need to search for and load multiple families from a library.
“Our ongoing mission is to maximize the value we add to our customers’ business on a daily basis,” said Ray Napolitan, Vulcraft/Verco Group President. “NuBIM™ Vulcraft Add-In for Revit® software is an example of our pledge and commitment to provide the most advanced technology in every area of our business. This technology will make the detailing and design process more efficient for users, saving time and money.”
Built for Revit® Software because it is the most widely used among design and engineering professionals, the design process will be made easier and more powerful with the NuBIM™ Vulcraft Add-In. The current release is for Revit Structure 2012, with the Revit 2013 release expected for early June.
The BIM process will be more efficient with this tool because it enables users to specify joists in the design stage utilizing only the joists needed for the model. The NuBIM™ Vulcraft Add-In for Revit® software creates joist families that meet defined criteria, providing a lightweight, conceptual web joist family for specifying parallel chord joists in a model. Pre-configured web layouts for the most common joists are also included for early coordination of building trades.
Placing joists with the NuBIM™ Vulcraft Add-In for Revit® software is similar to using Revit’s standard beam tools. The NuBIM™ Vulcraft Add-In opens a specification box that allows you to define the joist type, end conditions, bottom chord extensions, and even a web layout for early coordination with downstream building trades. Once parameters are input, light-weight joist families populate automatically based on point-to-point or by an entire bay.
Vulcraft deck properties are also added to the list of generic roof and floor profiles with the NuBIM™ Vulcraft Add-In, allowing the specification of Vulcraft deck in the Revit model. Once the Vulcraft joists and deck have been specified in the model, users will select the “Create Report” option to save a small file, which can be supplied to a Vulcraft Sales representative to begin early coordination discussions or to receive a quick quote.
For more information, please visit: www.vulcraft.com or www.vulcraft.com/engineers/bim/revit.php.
Three New High-Capacity Truss Hangers Added to Simpson Strong-Tie Product Line
By customer request, Simpson Strong-Tie has added three new high-capacity truss hangers to its connector product line. The HTHGQ, HTHMQ and HHSUQ truss hangers are no longer custom orders, but now part of the standard catalog offering.
The HTHGQ heavy girder truss hanger is a high-load capacity girder hanger designed to carry multi-ply trusses (up to five plies) or structural composite lumber. Prior to the HTHGQ, such extreme loads required a bolted connection.
The HTHMQ heavy multiple truss hanger is a versatile, high-capacity truss hanger designed to accommodate various angles, member sizes and number of plies. This truss hanger is able to carry two or three trusses to enable a greater range of hip-jack configurations. The HTHMQ also facilitates single hip-jack combinations and two hip no-jack combinations.
The HHSUQ heavy severe-skew truss hanger is a high-load, face-mount, truss-to-truss and structural composite lumber hanger designed to accommodate severe skews. The 45°– 84° skew range for hip trusses enables greater installation applications.
Each of these welded hangers install easily and quickly with Simpson Strong-Tie Strong-Drive® SDS structural wood screws. For more information about the new truss hangers, visit www.strongtie.com/newproducts.
New .375" wall sizes for 18" and 20" Jumbo HSS
Atlas Tube, North America’s leading provider of hollow structural sections (HSS), now offers 18" and 20" square Jumbo HSS with .375" wall thickness. This is in addition to a wide range of Jumbo HSS with wall thicknesses from .500" to .875". Jumbo HSS deliver improved functional performance and greater flexibility for engineers facing complex design challenges in structures of all types and sizes. Atlas Jumbo sizes meet both the ASTM A500 and CSA G40 industry standards.
Contact Atlas Tube or one of the following stocking distributors for ordering information:
RISA Technologies and Tekla Partner to Offer Steel Connection Design In Tekla Structures
New RISA-Tekla Link Results in Faster, More Accurate Design
Tekla, a leader in bringing building information modeling (BIM) software and online tools to the architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) markets, and RISA Technologies, a market-proven analysis and design software company, today announced they have partnered to bring together two leading steel design solutions. Available this month, the new RISA-Tekla Link gives users the combined benefit of the design, detailing and collaboration strengths of Tekla Structures and the comprehensive steel connection design features of RISAConnection.
With Tekla Structures, users create and manage accurately detailed, highly constructible 3D structural models that can be used to ensure success across the entire building process from conceptual design to fabrication, erection and construction management. The RISA-Tekla Link extends these capabilities to include steel connection design, a critical piece of the overall design process, directly within the Tekla Structures environment. This eliminates the need to manually enter connection components into separate design software. The result is increased accuracy and a reduction in the time and cost associated with steel connection design.
With the RISA-Tekla Link, users of Tekla Structures and RISAConnection can:
- Run analysis and design on moment and shear connections
- Group and solve connections collectively or analyze them individually
- View pass/fail analysis results in the Tekla Structures 3D BIM model or in a report format
- Access individual detailed design calculations from within RISAConnection
- Print connection calculations
"Tekla is one of the engineering community's most respected companies and we are happy to join forces and create a link between RISAConnection and Tekla Structures," said Amber Freund, Director of Marketing for RISA Technologies. "We both share a focus in offering the best solutions to automate steel design and engineering for greater safety, accuracy and efficiency."
"We strive to continuously improve our solutions to meet the needs of a structural steel industry that is facing new challenges with shorter lead times, a greater need to collaborate across disciplines and problems in revision handling," said Mark Allphin, Business Manager of Steel for Tekla, Inc. "RISA is an established leader in the steel engineering analysis and design industry and a natural pairing in bringing connection design to our solution and users."
CONTACT: Amber Freund, RISA Technologies, 949-951-5815, email@example.com; Mary Chiaffredo, Tekla Inc., 770-426-5105, ext.229, firstname.lastname@example.org; Jenn Pratt, Carabiner Communications, 404-655-2273, email@example.com
Hilti HIT - HY 200 Adhesive Anchor System
Hilti is launching the most revolutionary adhesive anchor system to date--Hilti HIT-HY 200 Adhesive Anchor System. Inadequately cleaning holes during installation can reduce the performance of conventional adhesive anchor systems significantly. Hilti Safe Set™ Technology eliminates this factor almost entirely and improves reliability and productivity because no manual hole cleaning is required to obtain optimum performance.
For holes that clean themselves use the new Hilti TE-CD and TE-YD Hollow Drill Bits in conjunction with the Hilti VC 20/40 vacuum. Dust is removed by the Hilti VC 20/40 Vacuum System while drilling is in progress for faster drilling and a virtually dustless working environment. No more cleaning after drilling means higher productivity and less cleaning errors. This new method of installation is only allowed with one adhesive in the market- Hilti HIT-HY 200.
No cleaning required - The new Hilti HIT-Z, zero cleaning rod with its cone shaped helix works as a torque-controlled anchor. This means that because of their shape, HIT-Z Anchor Rods, when used with HIT-HY 200, the unique shape of the HIT-Z Anchor Rod allows it to be installed in a standard (hammer drilled, dry or water saturated concrete, above 41°F/5°C) uncleaned hole. The benefits are clear: fewer steps, less equipment and extremely high reliability in anchoring applications.
The traditional blow-brush-blow method is also an option. The current industry standard installation method uses compressed air and a wire brush to clean the drill hole. Like all Hilti adhesive anchors, HIT-HY 200 can be installed using the traditional blow-brush-blow method. Because HIT –HY 200 only requires two blows of compressed air, two brushes and two more blows of compressed air (2x2x2) when using the traditional method, it is
Available in two versions with the same load performance: HIT-HY 200-R for “regular” working times and HIT-HY 200-A for “accelerated” working times allows contractors to choose the perfect adhesive for the application and jobsite conditions.
Hilti HIT-HY 200 Adhesive Anchor System installed with the Hollow drill bit method, HIT-Z or standard hole cleaning is approved by ICC-ES in the ESR 3187 for use in all seismic zones and uncracked and cracked concrete.
For more information on the Hilti HIT-HY 200 Adhesive Anchor System, please contact Hilti Customer Service. From the U.S., call Hilti, Inc., at 1-800-879-8000 or visit the HY200 info page www.us.hilti.com/HY200 ; from Canada, call Hilti (Canada) Corporation at 1-800-363-4458 or visit www.ca.hilti.com/HY200.
To see this system in action, click here to watch a short video
CTS Augments Product Line with Type-G Expansive Additive
CTS Cement Manufacturing Co. now offers CTS Type-G expansive mineral additive for use in shrinkage reduction and shrinkage compensation in portland cement concrete. The Type-G additive can be used in any application where regular portland cement concrete is used, including: slab on grade (flatwork), bridge-decks, parking structures, topping slabs and pre-cast elements.
The primary chemical mechanism for expansion with the Type-G additive is the reaction of calcium oxide and water to create the expansive Calcium Hydroxide Platelet System. The CTS Type-G expansive additive eliminates or reduces cracks caused by drying shrinkage and reduces the number of joints on large, monolithic slabs. There is no effect on mechanical strengths and it is compatible with most portland cements. Type-G is not a shrinkage-reducing admixture.
"With proper handling and safety precautions Type-G can be an effective expansive mineral admixture that complements the CTS line of shrinkage compensating cement products," said Ken Vallens, Vice President Product Development / Engineering Sales, CTS Cement Mfg. Corp. / Rapid Set Products.
CTS also offers its proven KSC Type-K cement technology, a hydraulic cement designed for use in shrinkage-compensating concrete and reduced shrinkage concrete, as well as Komponent, an expansive cement which can be added to ordinary portland cement to make Type-K.
For more information about CTS Cement and Rapid Set, please visit http://www.ctscement.com.
Fast and accurate squaring and aligning Hilti PM 4-M Multi Line Laser
Precision, accuracy and versatility – the Hilti PM 4-M Multi Line Laser takes leveling, plumbing and aligning applications to the next level. The PM 4-M features two vertical lines and one horizontal line for maximum versatility for leveling or aligning applications such as leveling outlets, cable trays, pipes, suspended ceiling, aligning doors and windows and when transferring points or installing partition walls.
The PM 4-M makes these applications easy and fast because it rotates around the center point and has a fine-tuning knob for precise alignment. Add to that Hilti Pulse Power™ technology to produce highly visible beams and contractors have an accurate squaring and aligning tool.
Because these types of tools take a beating on a jobsite, the PM 4-M has a rubberized tool body to help protect the laser aperture and tool edges for increased durability along with a locking pendulum mechanism for added protection.
The PM 4-M is covered by Hilti’s Lifetime Service, a unique service agreement that includes two years of no-cost coverage* and one free calibration per year for the first two years to help ensure reliability and accuracy.
For more information about the Hilti PM 4-M Multi Line Laser, please contact Hilti Customer Service. From the U.S., call Hilti, Inc., at 1-800-879-8000 or visit www.us.hilti.com; from Canada, call Hilti (Canada) Corporation at 1-800-363-4458 or visit www.hilti.ca.
*Some limitations apply. Contact Hilti for details
CSC releases Tedds 2013 to the US and Canada
Later this month leading structural software developer, CSC, will release Tedds 2013, a ground breaking new version of its structural calculation software. Up to twice as fast as its predecessor, Tedds 2013 includes a new and fully integrated 2D frame analysis application, many new and enhanced calculations to both US and Canadian design codes, and is compatible with Microsoft Word 2013.
The new analysis application was developed in collaboration with Bassam Izzuddin, Professor at Imperial College in the UK, and enables engineers to access a range of analysis options within Tedds, avoiding the need to use separate analysis software. Engineers can now analyse frames, such as trusses, cranked beams & portal frames, and then create a single project document including calculations, notes and sketches.
Tedds 2013 has new calculations for designing concrete and masonry retaining walls, and concrete and wood shear walls and masonry columns, along with many other significantly enhanced calculations in accordance with US and Canadian design codes. It also includes unique features enabling engineers to create their own bespoke calculations, along with new API functionality for communication with other software applications.
Supported Tedds users will be able to download Tedds 2013 at www.mycscworld.com. For information on Tedds, including information on the new features in Tedds 2013, please visit www.cscworld.com.
TGRWA invests in CSC’s Fastrak for superior BIM integration
TGRWA, a long-standing US engineering company, has invested in CSC’s steel building design software, Fastrak. Now available to all its engineers TGRWA aims to further increase efficiency by capitalizing on the automated design and seamless BIM integration provided within Fastrak.
Jon Andrews, Principal at TGRWA said: “Fastrak offers superior integration with Autodesk® Revit®. We have been able to save huge amounts of design and drafting time as we only need to build one model, and we can easily pass the model back and forth with Revit® and see what has been changed during the design process. We have recently used Fastrak to model a 2 story office and retail building and are delighted to have saved so much time integrating with Revit – this has increased our productivity enormously.”
Stuart Broome, Vice President at CSC, said: “TGRWA will also benefit from the intuitive and automated design capabilities within Fastrak. They can design buildings using real objects - such as beams and columns - manipulate models easily and apply loading quickly. We are delighted that our software can help firms like TGRWA save time and resource, and gain a competitive edge.”
For more information regarding CSC’s products visit www.cscworld.com. For information on TGRWA please visit www.tgrwa.com.