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Anchor Bolt Design

Anchor Bolt Design

MecaStack performs anchor bolt designs for tensile and shear loads, using some common codes.  This hasn't always been true, starting in v5534 some new standards were added and this article explains the technical details associated with these new options.  New design...

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2020 Florida Building Code 7th Edition

2020 Florida Building Code 7th Edition

It was Benjamain Franklin that said "..in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes and code changes".  Ok, maybe I added that part about code changes, but it is true.  Just about the time you think you understand the code and how to apply...

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Wind Load on a Canopy

Wind Load on a Canopy

ASCE 7-16 added a new option to address wind loads on a canopy attached to a building with a h <= 60 ft [18.3 m].   This new criteria for canopies is addressed in ASCE 7-16 Section 30.11, and since it is in Section 30, the canopy is classified as Components and...

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Too Close for Comfort

Too Close for Comfort

How close can you space stacks?  It's a common question, and one that doesn't have a simple answer.  There are several factors that should be considered, and I'm going to go over those factors in this article.  The Theory: When two cylinders are closely spaced and the...

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Wind Load on Parapets

Wind Load on Parapets

ASCE 7 has multiple methods for calculating wind loads on a Parapet.  In the context of a building design, a parapet is a low protective wall along the edge of a roof.  It could be used to hide equipment on the roof and it can also serve as a barrier to provide some...

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Navigating the Output Like a Boss

Navigating the Output Like a Boss

There are many useful features within the output window that can save the designer time and energy.  Here is a video to illustrate these features and how to navigate the calculation output.

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Wind on Rooftop Structures and Equipment

Wind on Rooftop Structures and Equipment

ASCE 7 has a method for calculating wind loads on rooftop Structures and equipment for buildings, and this article will describe that method.  Fortunately, the method is relatively straight forward, not too complicated, and is covered in ASCE 7-16 Section 29.4.1What...

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Components and Cladding Example

Components and Cladding Example

This article provides a Components and Cladding (C&C) example calculation for a typical building structure.  We will first perform the calculations manually, and then show how the same calculations can be performed much easier using the MecaWind software. What is...

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Fastest-Mile Wind Speed

Fastest-Mile Wind Speed

Many times we have the difficult task of analyzing a structure that was designed long ago.  In such cases, you may find that the wind speed  used may appear significantly lower than the wind speed you would expect for that location using today's standards.  In these...

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