A great tutorial with a robot and photoshop. To be honest I just wanted to post the final image!
The weather has been unbelievable this spring. We are set to hit 85 degrees F this Saturday! ( I believe that is about 233 C, )
I wonder what the climate nay sayers think about this…..
From the Washington post,
The record warm weather in the Midwest, Great Lakes, and Northeast continues to destroy century old records by unthinkable margins.
My first attempt at an introduction video for engineers trying out Google Sketchup.
Do me a favor, if you are new to sketchup and you try it by following this video, let me know if the video was helpful. If you already use sketchup give me some hints on how to improve my videos.
Straight across the Bow River it shot, the daring red tube between Eau Claire and Sunnyside, designed by an architect best known for his lofty cable bridges in gleaming white.
Dave Bronconnier looked out over the water.
The pedestrian bridge wasn’t there. The steel wasn’t fabricated. The construction contractor wasn’t chosen.
Santiago Calatrava’s bridge didn’t even have a name – it was just known as the “Calatrava bridge,” or grunted about in lunchrooms as “that bridge.”
The then-mayor studied the unreleased graphic rendering on his laptop from where he stood on the riverbank that spring day in 2009 and let his imagination place it over the river, one confidante recalls.
It may not have been what he’d expected, but it’s attractive, Bronconnier would tell others.
It finally opens to cyclists and joggers Saturday, more than 500 days after Bronconnier left office instead of about two weeks after, as was scheduled.
Hip Hop crews The Original Rudes and Grim Reminder
Spencer Jo & the Mandrills
Calgary Chinese Cultural Society performers
As I sit here doing the sprinkler in my office chair (it’s a dance,what were you thinking it was) I noticed I passed 45,000 hits on my YouTube channel.
Obviously this is chicken feed in the viral video world but THANKS to all the viewers! ( maybe a video of my sprinkler dance would get some hits? Ha!)
Since I don’t have a window in my office ( think about that when you choose a career in engineering..) I have to look at a tree painting I painted a while back. The iPhone photo makes it look bad, no really it’s the phone not my lack of talent..
Thanks again YouTube viewers!
Did you know you could search patents through Google? Well I didn’t. If you search “Concrete Bridge” in Google patent search, this is what you see….
Does anybody really use patented bridges? I just can’t see how you can patent typical engineering shapes and how you make money on them.
Amazing footage and I believe free to download. (Always a good video to show students.)
Tacoma Fire Department (Video) – Castle Films (Sound)Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse (Sound Version) (Standard 4:3) (1940)
Happy Birthday! March 19, 1932…
And a bridge that blowed up good.
So I was fooling around and made a potential t-shirt image. Of course it’s stupid, immature and totally bitch’in. (anybody use that expression anymore?)
I just take some inkjet t-shirt paper and iron it on. Maybe I will give shirts to engineers who answer five questions! (or threaten to send them a t-shirt if they don’t answer the questions!)
Anyway, I know it’s goofy but hey, life is short. (right click for full view)
I received an email from karbeyaz about a bridge competition in Istanbul. Looks like fun!
As one of the most important student organizations in Boğaziçi University, DECO (Design&Construct) is a steel bridge competition held by Boğaziçi University Construction Club since 2007. This Europe’s one of a kind competition is held in the unique atmosphere of Boğaziçi University South Campus with participants from both Turkey and Europe.
The aim of the competition is to create an opportunity for civil engineering and architecture students from different universities/countries to meet, to present the bridges that they designed and compete against time and other students; and also introduce them the historical and cultural places of Istanbul.
The new 2012 LRFD AASHTO code is sitting on my desk. So my question is, when do designers adopt the new code?
Do you start right away or do you wait for your state to adopt the new standard?
How do you feel about using older design codes, say 2007, is it still useful?
And yes I have a belt today, but no onion.
I forgot to wear my belt to work today. That may be a bad sign of mental aging or a good sign that I am so skinny I don’t need a belt.
I actually thought about trying to find some rope to use, talk about not caring how you look at work.
Here are some interesting stats about engineers. 82% of engineers need belts, 3% also need suspenders. 19% of engineers wear headphones at work and blue is their favorite color. 43% of engineers could be considered bald and 27% hate clowns.
8% of engineers do not read instructions and 21% think donuts are the only reason to go to a meeting.
(All these stats come from my own TBG polling which essentially boils down to watching engineers in their natural habitat.)
As REM pointed out “It’s been a bad day, Please don’t take my picture.”
Still working on the GRS County bridge. The biggest drawback I have seen is the maximum recommended bearing pressure of 4000 psi for the abutment.
When you use heavy precast non-prestressed beams, you need a lot of bearing area for the beams to stay under the 4000 limit. I haven’t completely figured out the extra length needed but it could be 3 to 4 feet on each abutment. (Also the idea of placing concrete beams on the ground makes me a little uneasy….) One other question that comes up all the time is scour. The loss of soil due to high water flows.
I attended a recent seminar on GRS where the “champions” insisted the system worked for high water events and should be considered on a wider basis. Some of the older engineers were not so sure…
Here is a quick concept image I made and an attempt at a beam cross-section. Hey the county wanted a 6′ wide beam….(and no we are not using a cable crane.) Right click for larger views.
I have a cold…but I wanted to show how you could get some good concept images out of Google Sketchup. Since I use sketchup mostly for concept work I am not the best at fully rendered “photo finished” images.
I still love Kerkythea the best…
Technology is amazing and scary.
Shameless plug in the hope of getting free software….but it is cool.
HP gave me a heads up about a design competition scam.
I know I am a bit of a dreamer when it comes to open competitions. It goes to my Walter Mitty complex.
Update: BDOnline is kinda touchy so here is another source.
Spotting the competition late, he put in a 50-hour effort with a midnight to midnight stint on New Year’s Day and managed to complete his entry six minutes before the January 1 deadline.
And cool stuff about spiders.
Since I keep adding stuff to this post, here is some more. David sent me this link.
I am going off the bridge motif and looking at the wider world.
Check out this amazing man and the life he has had. A voice of Dissent in China.
And continually fascinated by it. His blog entries range from the modernization of Confucianism to Silk Road history and China’s new middle class. Computer screens hurt his eyes, but he devours foreign newspapers and magazines. A well-known Chinese artist nicknamed him “Trendy Old Guy.”
And check out these fabulous photos of diving dogs! (Yes I just used fabulous on a bridge blog, you got a problem with that?)
I have been busy grading my sketchup midterms but I have also been spending some time trying to learn new software. It started when I wanted to build a tallbridgeguy character to use for the opening sequence of my videos.
I found an iclone model on Google’s 3D warehouse and modified it in sketchup to make the image below. (open with a right click for a bigger size.) And yes it is a bit pompous…okay a lot.
It kinda looks like a younger version of me. This got me thinking about how to create my own TBG. Well it is not easy. First I had to learn about UV mapping. Then I had to find software that could do what I wanted. Since I am associated with a University I can download software from Autodesk for free as long as I don’t use it for commercial purposes….have I made any money on this site, nope. So I am okay there.
I downloaded Maya and Mudbox. Both fantastic pieces of software and pretty easy to use. BUT, I could not for the life of me figure out how to export a file that I can import in sketchup.
So after more research I found that Autodesk offers a free FBX to obj file converter. Seems to work fine so now all I need is an obj importer for sketchup. So I read a bunch of blogs and finally find FluidRay, which has a free obj importer for sketchup.
Now I can get a character out of Autodesk Mudbox to an FBX file and then convert it to a obj file where I then import it into sketchup. The only problem is I cannot figure out how to get the paint layers and texture maps in Mudbox into one FBX file. All my stuff just shows the triangular mesh and not the paint layers…..
Sooooo, I’m thinking I need different software because a) Maya is like $3500 and Mudbox is about $800 and 2) I can’t get this stuff to do what I want! Obviously I should be able to master it in an afternoon!
Bottom line, there is soooo much software out there, that can do so many wonderful things, I may never watch TV again. Any advice on what software to use? I want to build a TBG character and MAYBE animate it in the future. Interaction with sketchup would be preferred so I can add it to the bridges I build.
Oh and if anybody can show me how to output an FBX file from Autodesk Mudbox, that contains all the paint and texture layers, PLEASE help me before I lose what little hair I have left.
I made a quick video showing my solution to a class Sketchup exam question.
The opening sequence has my new video title image. What do you think? Too much? (The guy is modified from the 3D warehouse but he looks like a younger version of me…)