Wind Loads at Elevations

Wind Loads at Elevations

Wind Loads at Elevations In designing structures we typically want to calculate wind loads at elevations that are important for the structure.  Some tall buildings have each floor being the same height and other structures such as the Sagrada Familia Cathedral in...
2020 Florida Building Code 7th Edition

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...
Fastest-Mile Wind Speed

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...
Base Reactions in MecaWind

Base Reactions in MecaWind

Base Reactions in MecaWind There can be confusion from users on how to read and interpret the MecaWind Base Reactions that are provided by the MecaWind software program.   There is a lot of data presented, and it can become overwhelming.  This article is intended to...
I Feel the Need to Change Wind Speed

I Feel the Need to Change Wind Speed

I Feel the Need to Change Wind Speed It was Tom Cruise in “Top Gun” who once said, “I feel the need, the need for speed”.  I sometimes wonder if Tom Cruise is on the ASCE 7 committee, because it feels like they have the need to change the wind...