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Guest Post: Anchor Provisions Undergo Significant Changes in the 2012 International Building Code

Our colleague, Andra Hoermann-Gast, MSc., Dip. Ing., from ICC Evaluation Service, wrote this information article regarding changes to the 2012 International Building Code. 

Please note this article is intended to provide information about the 2012 IBC significant changes to the provisions for anchors in concrete. It should not be construed as an endorsement or procedural recommendation by Lochsa Engineering or ICC-ES. 

Understanding Current Codes

As engineers, we are often accused of "over-engineering" projects.  We had the opportunity to present our side of the story to several different organizations including: Northwest Wall and Ceiling Bureau (NWCB), and the International Council of Shopping Centers' CenterBuild Conference.  One of our objectives as a firm is to educate our clients and colleagues for good of the design team.  Please feel free do download the information. 

Value Engineering in an Unstable Market

Las Vegas, Nevada is an international destination resort known for gambling, entertainment, nightlife and over-the-top glitz and glamour.  The use of neon lights, water features, flame effects and unusual architectural elements provides our visitors with an unforgettable experience.  The development of these unique attractions has always been an interesting challenge for Lochsa Engineering.  The recession and the associated impact to project funding further enhances this challenge.

VIDEO: Skywalk - Spirit of the Eagle

Special thanks to The Lincoln Electric Company for the use of this video.

VIDEO: Skywalk - The Build

Curious how the Skywalk came about?

Special thanks to The Lincoln Electric Company for the use of this video.

Lochsa Engineering Makes CNN's Top 25 List

The Grand Canyon Skywalk is still making news. Most recently, the Skywalk was recognized as #14 on CNN's "25 of Mankind's Greatest Engineering Achievements." Lochsa Engineering is honored and humbled to be a part of world renowned projects such as this.

To read more of CNN’s Top 25 Engineering Achievements click http://bit.ly/17PDpJP
To read more of the details of the Skywalk click here

Idaho's Best Places to Work 2013

Idaho's Best Places to Work - Award Plaque

"Always remember, people care more about organizations that care more about people," says Populus president and director of research, Paul Butcher. Populus recently conducted the annual surveys that identify top Idaho employers according to those who know: their employees. The winners of the Best Places to Work in Idaho are led by executives who recognize the significance of employee engagement, take ownership and responsibility for their management, and realize a return on their investment.

Diverse Design and Engineering

Keeping a competitive edge in the AEC industry is an evolving process. It's important to focus on your client's needs while also diversifying your products and services. Firms can no longer apply a "one-size-fits-all" approach to engineering.

Read more on how Lochsa Engineering overcame a recession and stagnant markets.

The Importance of BIM Certification

Recently, the AEC industry has seen a significant upturn in the use of BIM (building information modeling) on projects both on the design and construction side.  BIM, in its full glory, develops an information rich 3-D building model and enhances the coordination and communication between disciplines.  While considered “new technology”, BIM has considerable benefits over traditional ways of designing and documenting.  Some of the values of using BIM include reduced errors a

Trends in the Light Gauge Industry

Authored by: Riley J. Mahaffey, Principal, P.E., LEED Associate, with Jared Keller, Associate, P.E., Dana Hennis, S.E., P.E., and Nick Hrico, EIT

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