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Interpreting Truss Shop Drawing Dimensions

by evstudio March 23, 2014
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Spend any time as a structural engineer that deals with residential structures and you will no doubt be asked to review pre-engineered truss shop drawings.  For a young engineer this may be a daunting task from the look of the cut sheets (shown below). One […]

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The Santa Fe Style – Blending Pueblo and Territorial Architecture

by evstudio March 23, 2014

The Santa Fe style is a variation of both the Pueblo Revival and Territorial Style of architecture, made popular in the late 1800s.  It became the standard in New Mexico after it was defined by the Santa Fe Historic Zoning Ordinance of 1957.  The ordinance […]

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Small Chilled Water Systems

by evstudio March 6, 2014
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Do you own or operate a building with a small chilled water system?  Are you currently part of a design team for a project that has a small chilled water system which provides chilled water in the design?  If a small chilled water system isn’t […]

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Blackpoint: Streamlining Production Building

by evstudio February 24, 2014
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Blackpoint is an extremely powerful tool, integrated into AutoCAD to seamlessly combine architectural and structural option sets for production builders. The structural engineers at EVstudio are currently working in conjunction with Oakwood Homes to provide a multitude of design options that are engineered for two […]

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Using Architecture For a Bigger, Counter-depth Refrigerator

by evstudio February 14, 2014

Counter-depth refrigerators are popular for a polished, upscale look in kitchens.  However -  they are also considerably more expensive the traditional, full-depth refrigerators, and offer less storage room for the counter space taken up. Depending on your floor plan, manipulating the walls behind the fridge […]

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Wood Embedment in Concrete

by evstudio February 4, 2014

When designing a pavilion recently I came across an interesting design question. Can you embed wood columns into concrete piers? My first search for the answer led me to the 2009 IBC. Section 2304.11.4.1 Posts or columns. Posts or columns supporting permanent structures that are […]

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Permanent Makeup Water Connections to Heating Water Systems

by evstudio January 31, 2014

A typically designed and/or installed detail for a heating water system (and hydronic systems in general) shows the makeup water with a permanent hard connection to the heating water system.  The EV Studio Mechanical Department recommends against this practice, however. There are a few reasons […]

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Planning for Housing and Community Development

by evstudio January 31, 2014

This post comes from Stephanie O’Hara, Planner Analyst for EVstudio. Immediately prior to joining EVstudio she worked for Jefferson County, Colorado for 6 years in various planning roles. EVstudio looks for planning opportunities in both the public and private sector: While working at Jefferson County […]

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How to Remove the Grid from View in Bluebeam PDF Revu

by evstudio January 22, 2014
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If your review screen in Bluebeam PDF Revu is blighted with evenly spaced reference dots (similar to AutoCAD’s GRID function) and you want them gone then take these easy steps. 1)      Go to Edit >> Preferences 2)      Select “Grid and Snap” 3)      Uncheck the “Show […]

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Drinking Fountain vs. Water Cooling Units

by evstudio January 21, 2014

When installing a drinking fountain in a renovation project, there may not always be a water source nearby.  A water cooler would be the more practical choice.  In a recent educational renovation, we specified an Elkay EZH20 Water Cooler which has a faster fill rate than a traditional […]

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Lose Weight Today! Ask Me How. – Steel Beams

by evstudio January 20, 2014

I apologize if the title is misleading. The weight I am talking about is the weight of steel beams. Why am I concerned about the weight of steel beams you may ask? The answer is that steel product suppliers typically price steel beams in terms […]

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Simpson Strong-Tie Will Replace Commonly Specified “AB” and “ABE” Standoff Post Bases with the “ABW” in 2012

by evstudio January 20, 2014
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New for 2012 is the Simpson Strong-Tie ABW standoff post base. It will be available in March of 2012 and will serve as the replacement to the similar AB and ABE products. The advantages of the ABW will be that it will provide a slightly […]

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