Structure

Structural Modeling in Revit

by EVstudio AEP July 26, 2019

With each new project we use more and more of the tools in our BIM toolbox. The latest tool that we have developed to the level of prime-time is our structural steel framing within Revit. We are currently working on a very unique custom home […]

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Structural Considerations for Commercial Solar Panel Installation

by evstudio July 15, 2019

EVstudio was recently hired to consult on the installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on the Knights of Columbus Building in Thornton, Colorado. Many businesses are considering the addition of solar panels to their buildings not only to help offset their energy costs, but because […]

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Precompression vs. Balanced Load in Post-Tension Concrete

by EVstudio AEP July 12, 2019

My Post–Tension elevator speech is pretty well rehearsed at this point: “We drape steel cables — tendons — in the concrete forms, and then place the concrete.  Once it cures, we pull the ends of the tendons, which try to straighten out.  That does three […]

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Raft Slab-on-Grade Foundation

by Jim Houlette, PE July 12, 2019

A Raft Slab-on-Grade foundation can be as simple as a 4” thick slab with no reinforcement and a shallow perimeter rib to an 8” thick slab heavily reinforced with deep ribs spaced roughly 10’o.c.  The wide range of concrete thicknesses and reinforcement is a function […]

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Understanding Long-Term Losses in Post-Tension Tendons

by EVstudio AEP July 11, 2019

As a structural designer, I started my career working on post-tension structures.  Those of you who have been with us for some time know that those can include things as small as a single tennis or basketball court as well as some of the tallest […]

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Sapphire Reviewer- Running a Model

by evstudio May 30, 2019
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As EVstudio gets further into the process of modeling structural layouts in Sapphire Reviewer, we are continually finding creative solutions to common issues that arise when running a model. The image below shows one of our houses after the MXF files have been imported and […]

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Structural Wood Framing Connectors from Simpson Strong-Tie and USP

by Jim Houlette, PE May 30, 2019

Simpson or USP?  Each company has a wide range of framing connectors that meets the needs of almost every type of wood connection you can think of.  In addition, each company provides connectors for epoxy bonding, retrofitting, and other various products to create quick structural […]

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Quickly Construct Concrete Pad Footings with FASTBAG

by evstudio May 30, 2019

At a recent seminar I attended I was introduced to the Fab-Form product called FASTBAG. This product is brilliantly simple….a textile bag you can fill with concrete and reinforcing bars to take the place of the wood formwork traditionally utilized to construct pad footings. The […]

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Progress Update on Modern Home in the Mountains

by EVstudio AEP May 21, 2019
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One of the greatest parts of being an architect or engineer is seeing a building come out of the ground. I recently toured a modern home project of ours which is under construction. This view is from the southwest corner of the home. The main […]

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Bentley RAM Structural Software used by EVstudio

by Jim Houlette, PE May 21, 2019

The structural department prefers to use Bentley RAM structural design software for our finite element design needs.  The total design package includes many different tools that can be used individually or together as shown above when several different materials and framing members are used.  The […]

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EVstudio is now using Blackpoint Software with ACA

by Jim Houlette, PE May 7, 2019

Our structural department is working with Oakwood Homes and has recently added Blackpoint Software to AutoCAD Architecture (ACA) to help improve our services to our Client.  Blackpoint provides may great features for home builders.  First, it helps to organize and track plans, it also helps […]

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You Want to Remove a Load Bearing Wall?

by Jim Houlette, PE April 19, 2019
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One of the most common phone calls we receive is “We want to remove a wall, we’re not sure if it’s load bearing.  Can you help?” We are happy to help! The first thing that is needed is an observation.  Our structural engineers can determine […]

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