In this episode, which is part of our Women in Civil Engineering series, I talk to Hannah Albertus-Benham, a Senior Water Resources and Environmental Engineer at Wood, about the challenges of working in a highly scientific project with real impacts on a community, as well as harnessing teamwork, communications, and collaboration to be successful.
In episode 04 of The Structural Engineering Channel podcast, we talk with Mikhail Gershfeld, S.E, a Professional Practice Professor at Cal Poly, Pomona, CA. We talk about mass timber in structural engineering and some of the new and innovative things happening with this material that has been around for a very long time.
Here Are Some of the Questions Asked in this Episode:
- Tell us about how wood has been evolving in the last 20 years?
- The panels are new to the US but have been used in Europe extensively. Why is it taking longer for US to use them?
- How do these new panels offer aesthetic benefits?
- Can you talk about the environmental benefits of wood?
- How did the testing go with mass timber in regard to fire resistance, and is this a concern?
- What organizations can provide assistance with using Mass Timber on projects?
- Tell us about the new code changes that will take effect in 2021 with mass timber?
- Can you talk about manufacturing facilities for mass timber?
- What does the collaboration between the architect and engineer look like in regard to CLT?
Here Are Some of the Key Points Discussed About Mass Timber:
Structural engineering, like most engineering industries, is constantly evolving with technical guidelines, new techniques, and updated standards. There are also new and exciting structural engineering projects being completed every day worldwide.
This niche industry deserves its own podcast to cover these issues, and therefore the Engineering Management Institute (EMI) is excited to be launching The Structural Engineering Podcast (TSEP). TSEP will cover items including but not limited to performance-based design, fasteners and connections, post-tensioned structures, smart structures, tsunami modeling, software solutions, seismic design, blast resistant design, wood, business issues, professional development for structural engineers, how to specify things effectively, and many more topics.
The podcast will be sponsored by Computers and Structures, Inc. (CSI) and we are grateful for their support. (CSI) Computers and Structures, Inc. is recognized globally as the pioneering leader in software tools for structural and earthquake engineering. Software from CSI is used by thousands of engineering firms in over 160 countries for the design of major projects.