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Careers at CSD Structural Engineers

Are you looking for a career working with experts in the structural engineering industry? Do you value excellence in the work that you produce? Are you committed to providing exceptional service to the clients that you work for?

CSD is seeking engineers and designer/drafters that share these values to join our team. Please visit our career page at for more information and to...

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Dr. Mahmoud Maamouri and John Rolfes Present Structural Provisions of the 2015 International Building Code, May 8-9, 2019

Dr. Mahmoud Maamouri and John Rolfes are presenting a course on the 2015 International Building Code along with Sandra Hyde of the International Code Council (ICC). Solidify your working understanding of the 2015 International Building Code (IBC) structural provisions and confidently apply these provisions during structural design and plan review. It will run May 8 to 9, 2019 in Madison,...

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Screw Chase Pull-Out in Aluminum Extrusions

Jim LaBelle co-authored an article with Tanya Dolby of Kawneer, based on extensive screw pull-out testing by Kawneer. This type of connection, to resist outward wind pressure, is commonly used in aluminum framing for curtainwalls and skylights. In some but not all cases, mock-up tests are used to verify adequacy of these structural components. Hence there is a need for an analytical approach to predict pull-out strength.

AEI Conference 2019

The Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) will be holding the 8th Biennial Professional Conference on April 3-6 in Tysons, Virginia.

Josh Szmergalski, the chair of AEI Young Professional Council, will be participating in the panel led discussion titled “From Theory to Practice” on transitioning from school to the professional world. Josh will be presenting with other members of the AEI Young Professional Council as well as...

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AISC Design Guide 34 Steel-Framed Stairway Design Published

The Design Guide for Steel-Framed Stairway Design, written by Adam Friedman, SE, PE, was recently published by American Institute of Steel Construction. You may purchase a copy or access it here.

In an effort to set clear expectations and provide practical design information for the steel industry related to the framing around stairways and the structural support of stairs themselves. The guide...

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Cold-Formed Steel Structures Conference 2018

Two employees of CSD presented papers at the 2018 Wei-Wen Yu International Specialty Conference on Cold-Formed Steel Structures November 7-8 at St. Louis Station, St. Louis, Missouri. The conference featured publications authored by researchers, manufacturers, trade organizations, and structural engineers pertaining to the analysis, design, and use of cold-formed steel in buildings and other structures. The two-day conference featured authors from throughout North America, Africa, Asia, Australia, and...

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