I have been busy drawing up a concrete building in Sketchup and detailing some of the beams. I think it would do a designer good to actually draw the steel reinforcement, they designed, to scale. Then you could see how things actually fit together.
I remember checking a senior engineer’s design and seeing that steel often occupied the same space. The general feeling was, “oh they will kick into place in the field and make it work”. Not my idea of a good design assumption. 3D is coming and it can be useful for conflict resolution and what-if scenarios.
Take a look, does the steel fit? (not my design.)
Rendered 51 frames in 29 minutes to make a bridge pile driving robot gif!
Next adding sound, clank clank clank!
I embed these videos using youtube’s code but I cannot get it to default to 720p. Anybody out there no how to do this?
Go to YouTube for higher quality, sigh
I received an email from a instructor at a Canadian university, saying he is going to use my book (as recommended reading) in his economics course!
Thanks, made my day!
I have started a “Sketchup for Hire” business. If you want 3D drawings from an engineer, or a seminar in Sketchup for your company, send an email to the name at the top of the blog @gmail.com.
For no particular reason, a bridge building robot. I made the robot a cross between iron man and Dudley Do Right (a cartoon Canadian Mountie)
Quick coffee break sketch of a house down my street.
It also looks like I will be teaching Autodesk Revit this fall at the university. I know you don’t care….
If you can get to the New York Times, read Henry Petroski’ lament. Do you agree, or is it a cloudy memory of times gone by?
Workmanship has declined in parallel. There continue to be expert craftsmen — carpenters, roofers, painters — who work with precision and pride, but they are increasingly being pushed out by cheaper labor with inferior skills (which is, of course, why the labor is cheaper). I have had paint jobs that blistered within days and had to be redone — at my expense. And I have heard and read of many analogous experiences.
This is not the fault of homeowners, but of the industries whose practices favor the use of inferior products and labor that drive modern construction: the developers, lenders, builders and Realtors who, to make quick money, have created a stock of domestic and commercial infrastructure that is a waste of resources and will not last.
An interesting story about the design error in the Citicorp skyscraper. Imagine working in a building that could blow over at any time and no one telling you… Thanks David for the link!
Citicorp design trouble – link
According to LeMessurier, in 1978 he got a phone call from an undergraduate architecture student making a bold claim about LeMessurier’s building. He told LeMessurier that Citicorp Center could blow over in the wind.
The student (who has since been lost to history) was studying Citicorp Center as part of his thesis and had found that the building was particularly vulnerable to quartering winds (winds that strike the building at its corners). Normally, buildings are strongest at their corners, and it’s the perpendicular winds (winds that strike the building at its face) that cause the greatest strain. But this was not a normal building.
Thanks for the link David!
Bridge link here
A 17,000 ton part of an elevated motorway was today slowly swung into place in Wuhan City after being constructed independently beside a high speed railway track.