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Having Fun with Steel Connection Design
Posted by Tasha Weiss on February 21, 2013 at 12:41 PM.

One major roadblock in engaging architectural and engineering students in steel connection design is the highly technical education, according to the Steel Structures Education Foundation (SSEF). Students learn about connections from the point of view of load transfer and bolting requirements, but rarely are taken to the more advanced step of understanding how that simple connection can become something more complex and interesting.

 

A new website called “Fun is in the Details: Innovation in Steel Connections,” a curriculum materials project funded by SSEF, gives students (and professionals, too!) an understanding of the development of steel connections through an interactive case study gallery of more than 80 innovative buildings from around the world.

 

The web-based project is designed to better assist students in creating more convincing and compelling structures through taking basic methods of creating connections and transforming them into innovative connections. The website emphasizes architecturally exposed structural steel (AESS) but also includes standard structural steel connections.

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Each case study includes numerous images that show various structural systems and connections and their use in exciting design with steel. Many of them can also be explored using 3D PDF drawings (as shown in the right image).

 

The “Fun is in the Details: Innovation in Steel Connections” website can be found at http://tboake.com/SSEF1.


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