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Top 6 Tips for Faster Smarter Civil Engineering Calculation Sheets

October 17, 2022

Top 6 Tips for Faster Smarter Civil Engineering Calculation Sheets
Engineering calculations are at the heart of civil engineering design. The calculation sheets that accompany a project can provide evidence of the design competency and that the specifications are met. Common building calculations are formalized in design guides, such as Eurocodes, AASHTO, IBC etc. The equations tend to be mathematically simple – only needing basic arithmetic operations on the design parameters – but they still require engineering experience to determine the which, why, and when.

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Introduction to the Construction Readiness Assessment

whitePaper | February 9, 2021

Construction projects have always faced pressure to begin early mobilization of the construction phase which can result in out-of-sequence work leading to cost and schedule overruns. The decision to proceed with construction requires a standard, objective process that easily identifies the gaps that must be addressed to achieve construction readiness and supports the decision of when to move forward. CII's Construction Readiness Assessment is a game-changer to guide project teams in achieving construction readiness with confidence. Their research shows that construction-ready projects outperform projects that are not ready with 20% better cost performance and 22% better schedule performance2.

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Technical Design Requirements for Alberta Infrastructure Facilities

whitePaper | August 2, 2022

The purpose of the Technical Design Requirements for Alberta Infrastructure Facilities (TDR) document is to provide architects, engineers, contractors, client groups, facility administrators and operators involved in designing and building facilities with a comprehensive set of requirements. The requirements have been developed by Alberta Infrastructure Technical Services and Procurement Branch by consolidating best practices information, from the position of knowledgeable owner, as well as national and international subject matter experts. They are based on components and systems which have proven to be reliable and efficient, to meet the needs of the users, and to have acceptable life cycle costs. The requirements are intended as a minimum for planning new facilities and renovating and operating existing facilities. Innovative designs, products, systems and technology are encouraged after thorough evaluation of potential benefits and risks, value analysis and life cycle cost. Early and regular involvement by Technical Services staff is recommended when proposing alternatives.

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The Current State of Engineering Simulation

whitePaper | July 27, 2022

SimScale and Digital Engineering conducted a readership survey to obtain a high-level view of how engineers are using both on-premises and cloud-based simulation software. The research found that respondents are using simulation across their design departments and throughout the design cycle on a frequent basis, and analyzing multiple physics.

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whitePaper | August 8, 2022

ConXtech produces and erects a structural steel system whose patented moment frame collar and unique gravity connections facilitate steel erection 3-5x faster than traditional forms of steel erection. On a project greater than 100,000 square feet, this can mean weeks or months of schedule savings. This white paper will provide a basic understanding of the ConXtech system for architects and engineers, along with some guidelines on best project types and best practices for using the system on your projects

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whitePaper | July 21, 2022

President Biden has called for net-zero emissions, economy-wide, by 2050. Accomplishing this will require increasing efficiency, vastly increasing renewable energy capacity, and transitioning from fossil fuels to clean electricity. Buildings have a critical role to play in achieving each of these objectives. This paper proposes a framework for determining which metrics are best suited for policies to move existing commercial and multifamily buildings forward on the path toward zero carbon emissions. Choosing the right metrics is necessary for effective policies, but it is not sufficient to achieving a just and inclusive energy transition. Building performance policies — in conjunction with other complementary policies — must bring the benefits of improved performance to those living in affordable housing andhistorically underserved communities, and at the same time ensure that the cost of compliance does not create new burdens. Jurisdictions must consider the impact of policy decisions on equitable outcomes, particularly with respect to establishing performance levels, options for compliance, and penalties for non-compliance.

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whitePaper | November 11, 2022

Concrete is an outstanding building material. It is widely available, economical, hard and durable like stone, and easy to work with – all attractive properties for the construction industry. However, concrete also has its disadvantages. The cement contained in concrete consumes a lot of energy during its production process and emits large amounts of CO2. This, combined with the enormous demand for concrete and the simultaneous low recycling rate, makes concrete less-than-friendly for the environment.

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Alliant Engineering, Inc. provides professional civil engineering services in land development, transportation, design-build, and land survey. Our diverse staff of civil engineers, landscape architects, planners, and surveyors has the expertise necessary to successfully carry projects of various sizes and complexities from the planning stage, to design, and through construction.

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