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10/11/2016   K2 Engineering licensed to practice in Texas

As of today, K2 Engineering is licensed to practice engineering in the state of Texas. It turned out to be an arduous process as Texas' rules are quite specific and unbending. (It even involved having to get fingerprinted.) NCEES was also another impediment as they claimed that the documents that I had submitted to them back in 1998, and used to get licensed in Louisiana and Tennessee, were somehow now not suitable to send to Texas. This forced me, at considerable expense, to re-create and re-send work histories, college transcripts, state licensures, etc. (Under much pressure from legions of disgruntled engineers like me, they have since reversed themselves on this issue.) But, all that has been worked through and Texas licensure is complete.

9/7/2016   Added content to the Steel Pole Software Solutions page concerning the new K2Pole application.

Today, 9/7/2016, we added new content to the Steel Pole Software Solutions page focused on recent development of program K2Pole which replaces program AASHTOHighMast (which targeted AASHTO LTS-6). This new program extends to incorporate several new design codes, including: AASHTO LRFD-1, EN 40, BS 5649, and ILP PLG 07 (2013).

5/12/2016   Added content to the Steel Pole Software Solutions page concerning the PLS-Pole to Inventor application.

Today, 5/12/2016, we added new content to the Steel Pole Software Solutions page focused on recent improvements to the PLS-Pole to Inventor application. The application has been extended to work with all versions of AutoDesk Inventor from 2010 to 2017. In addition, the functionality of creating solid models of baseplates has been brought online.

1/3/2011   Added content to the Cold-Formed Steel Engineering web page concerning Blast Design.

Today, 1/3/2011, we added new content to the Cold-Formed Steel Engineering web page focused on blast design. New is a drawing depicting one solution to reinforcing an opening against blast loads. Also added were links to several UFC (Unified Facilities Criteria) standards documents that typically specced on government and military building which are specified as being designed to withstand blast loads.

6/16/2010   Added web page devoted to Steel Pole Engineering.

Today, 6/16/2010, we added a new web page focused on software tools relevant to steel pole engineering and manufacturing. Up to now, our efforts in this industry had been limited to the several manufacturers that we consult with. Now, we are reaching out to the steel pole community at large and offering our suite of software tools and engineering expertise on a wider scale. Please take a moment to review the 'Steel Pole Engineering' page and familiarize your self with our offerings.

5/31/2010   Updated software tools to allow user to consider effects of distortional buckling.

Today, 5/31/2010, we released new versions of the free, on-line software design tools that allow the user to determine the impact that the consideration of distortional buckling may (or may not) have on his/her stud or joist selection. Distortional Buckling is a common failure mechanism for studs and joists which has been mostly ignored by the manufacturers of cold-formed steel studs. Since it was codified into the 2007 AISI Cold-Formed Steel Design Standard, it has become a source of contention in the industry. Indeed, most SSMA (Steel Stud Manufacturers Association) members have not updated their selection tables to account for distortional buckling, which results in their reliance on out-of-date codes which can yield un-conservative selection reults. These new software tools allow the user to consider (or ignore) distortional buckling.

3/23/2010   New Tool to compare Bending Strength Effiencies of Stud Sections Added.

Today, 3/23/2010, we released a new analysis/design tool to compare the Bending Strength Efficiencies of stud sections.  This tool is meant for Architect's and Contractor's use in determining the most optimal stud for a given application.  Basically, a wider and thinner stud can often out-perform a narrower and thicker stud.  This tool helps determine which stud is the more optimum choice.

10/23/2009   New Floor Joist Selector Tool Added.

Today, 10/23/2009, we released a new analysis/design tool for floor joists.  This tool is meant for Architect's and Contractor's use in determining a feasible stud member given specified distributed and point loads on a floor system and the geometry of the floor system.  The distributed loads do not need to be continuous across the beam.  The point loads can be placed anywhere along the joist and can represent, for example, a column load from a floor or roof above.  The calculated results note details about the needed bearing stiffeners, brace members, end track, and screw connections.  The results are presented on a Pass/Fail basis, i.e., all the design criteria must be noted as True for the design to be acceptable.  Use this tool to select a floor joist member (and associated components) for pricing and/or budgetary needs.

5/28/2009   New Curtainwall Parapet Stud Selector Tool Added.

Today, 5/28/2009, we released a new analysis/design tool for curtainwall studs configured as a parapet.  Noting that the stud selection tables from most SSMA manufacturers only address studs spanning between two attachment points and ignore the possible saving of parapet configurations, we developed this tool to fill that gap.  Because wind acts on the parapet (above the connection point) as well as the wall below the connection point, the parapet can potentially act as a bit of a lever to reduce the deflection of the portion of the stud below the connection point.  (Note that the parapet experiences wind loads on both faces, a positive pressure on one side and a negative (suction) pressure on the other face.)  Sometimes this can be enough to meet a tight deflection criteria (say L/600) and save having to employ a wider or heavier gauge stud.  Thus a cost savings.  Sometimes, a parapet of just 2 or 3 feet is enough to keep from going to a stronger (i.e., more costly) stud.  Use this tool to see if some cost savings might be possbile for your current application.

4/28/2009   K2 Engineering now has licensure in Florida.

Today, 4/28/2009, we received word from the Florida Board of Professional Engineers that K2 Engineering's application for a Certificate of Authorization has been approved and will be mailed shortly.  Once that is received, we'll be offering cold-formed steel design services in the panhandle region of Florida.  Note: since there is already a K2 Engineering, Inc. firm operating in Florida (selling hydraulic equipment) we are incorporated in Florida as K2 Engineering of North Florida, Inc.

4/27/2009   Header Analyzer/Selector Tool Added.

Today, 4/27/2009, a new, no-cost online design tool for analyzing and selecting headers above openings in either curtainwall or load-bearing studs was released.  This tool is intended for use by Architects and Contractors in estimating the stud and track members needed in a given design application.

3/25/2009   Curtainwall Stud Analyzer/Selector Tool Added.

Today, 3/25/2009, a new, no-cost online design tool for analyzing and selecting curtainwall studs in various geometries and configurations being subjected to a specified "components and cladding" wind pressure was released.  This tool is intended for use by Architects and Contractors in estimating the stud members needed in a given design application.

3/25/2009   Wall Framing Cost Comparison Tool Added.

Today, 3/25/2009, a new, no-cost online design tool for comparing the meterial costs of various curtainwall framing configurations was released.  This tool is intended for use by Architects and Contractors in estimating the most economical manner of framing a given length of curtainwall.

3/6/2009   Load-Bearing Stud Analyzer/Selector Tool Added.

Today, 3/6/2009, a new, no-cost online design tool for analyzing and selecting load-bearing studs in various geometries and configurations being subjected to both an axial compressive force as well as a lateral wind pressure was released.  This tool is intended for use by Architects and Contractors in estimating the stud members needed in a given design application.

1/19/2009   ASCE 7-05 Wind Force Calculator Added.

Today, 1/19/2009, a new, no-cost online design tool for calculating the "Components and Cladding" wind pressures on low rise (less than 60 feet tall) building structures as per ASCE 7-05 methodology was released.  This tool is intended for use by Architects and Contractors in estimating the wind pressures which various components in a curtainwall application are likely to experience over the building's design life.  ASCE 7-05, published by the American Society of Civil Engineers, is the most current definitve guide to calculating wind, seismic, rain, and snow loads on structures.


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