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The Pros and Cons of Skyscrapers

April 2, 2020 9:32 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Skyscrapers are major undertakings that require complete conceptual design to ensure their aesthetic value and structural integrity. Whether you are building in Indiana or anywhere else in the United States or Canada, the benefits of skyscrapers are often apparent in the “wow” factor, although there are disadvantages as well. Here is an overview of the pros and cons of skyscrapers. The benefits of skyscrapers Skyscrapers are the best way to have as much work or retail space in as few city blocks as possible. Height creates space in dense cities, and large cities like New York and Chicago are notable... View Article

Overcoming Vortex Shedding in Skyscrapers

March 19, 2020 9:32 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Vortex shedding is the oscillating flow of air or water as it goes past a bluff, rather than a streamlined body. As skyscrapers are rarely streamlined, this causes excessive force that could lead to structural damage. In fact, it is a likely factor in the 1940 collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Skyscraper vortex shedding is an issue that must be addressed during design and construction in Indiana and beyond. Here is an overview of vortex shedding and ways to overcome it. Effect of vortices Everyone has seen a vortex. The swirling currents in rivers and streams and the flow... View Article

Concrete vs. Steel: Which to Choose?

March 12, 2020 7:50 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

When it comes to commercial construction, two major building materials reign supreme: concrete and steel. When it comes down to it, if you’re going to construct a new building for nearly any purpose, one of your first (and most critical) choices is to build your structure from concrete or steel. The debate over the merits of these two materials rages on. Still, in a side-by-side comparison, there’s almost no debate about which is the better choice: steel. In fact, there are so many benefits of steel construction in Indiana that it’s hard to know where to begin. Fight back against... View Article

What Determines the Timeline for Steel Building Construction?

February 27, 2020 7:50 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

There are so many incredible benefits to having your own steel structure constructed. They offer lower long-term maintenance costs. Steel buildings provide fantastic insulation, which lowers energy costs year-round. Structures made of steel also see lower month-over-month insurance costs because they’re naturally resistant to disasters like fires, tornados, hurricanes and earthquakes. Yes, there are so many reasons to love quality steel structures that it’s only natural to want yours erected as soon as possible. You may need to be patient, however, because building a steel structure is no easy feat. The amount of time it takes depends on several factors.... View Article

NASCC Steel Conference: Registration Is Open Now

February 8, 2020 12:40 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The NASCC Steel Conference is back again this year, this time taking place from April 22 to 24, 2020 in Atlanta, GA. For those who aren’t familiar with the show, it’s the world’s top educational and networking event for the structural steel industry, and Benchmark Fabricated Steel is eager to attend. Structural steel professionals, from structural engineers to erectors and detailers to architects, will gather at the Georgia World Conference Center for sub-conferences and over 250 sessions on a wide variety of steel-related topics. There is also a trade show at which you can view the latest products and technologies... View Article