What’s Pushing Me?

We are now a month into the new year, and many of those lofty resolutions have fallen by the wayside. Why is that you ask? The bottom line answer is resistance to change. One of the first things you learned in your engineering education was Newton’s First Law of Motion or Galileo’s Law of Inertia. Everything has some resistance to changing unless acted upon by a sufficient outside force. For personal resolutions to change, it may be a tighter beltline pushing someone to diet or running out of breath pushing someone to stop smoking or start working out. It’s not always an unpleasant push – maybe it’s the pleasure of personal satisfaction pushing one to spend more time doing charitable work.

Regardless of the change or reason, it is human nature to be uncomfortable with change. That could be us not wanting to: change the status quo, be unhappy about not eating those favorite comfort foods, lose personal leisure time, or experience prolific sweating at the gym. This discomfort is the reason for our resistance to change. But if the reason for change is strong enough, we are willing to subscribe to that faded motto on the gym wall -“no pain, no gain." At the end of the day, we only intentionally change to improve things. Before we can discuss the benefits of changing and lay out a plan of change, we must know what is pushing that change.

In the current global economic status, engineers in the oil and gas sector are facing substantial cutbacks to projects, staff, and other resources. Structural engineers in the AEC sector are facing a shortage of talented and experienced engineers--doing more work with fewer people on tighter project margins. These are a few pains that are pushing forward thinking engineers to look at the way they do business, from client pricing to internal work processes, in order to maintain or grow their businesses. Financial pain is an unpleasant, but powerful driver of change.

Over the next few months we’ll discuss some other pains that structural engineers have that are pushing changes, including reducing liabilities, improving workflow efficiencies, and gaining competitive advantages. Until then, I’ll see you at the gym, salad in hand!

Vol. 3 | Issue 2 | Feb. 2016

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Did you know that the Base Plate Wizard can also be used for performing the analysis of an embedded plate. Embedded plates often occur in many industrial facilities and nuclear power plants for supporting equipment, cable trays or pipe hangers.

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You can create much of the geometry of your frame model using data sheets in the main GT STRUDL window (often referred to as the command window). Simply go to the modeling pulldown from the menu bar and select "Data Sheets" then "Material," "Joints," "Members" or "Elements." Using the material data sheet, you can select the material or specify constants. The joint data sheet can define new joint coordinates, supports, and releases, and the member data sheet defines new members and their incidences, beta angles, member releases, and member properties.  

Data sheets can also edit existing model data. The data sheets provide editing, filtering, and sorting functions that allow you to easily find data that you wish to edit. To find out more about each data sheet, select "Help" in the data sheet.

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Geoff Blumber
North America Channel Manager CADWorx & Analysis Solutions