I always wanted to write something about technical stuff on my profession. I don’t mean general ideas like what I do in comparison to other professions but specifics like how I came to that eureka moment when I finally understood how column interaction diagram is generated or that I understood what it means to not assign raft with temperature loads. Trivial or obvious, these are my enlightenment and it keeps me growing.
I tend to dismiss the idea right away thinking no one would bother reading it and I will bore my audience more.
I am writing for myself. This is more like a technical diary where I can write what I learned during the day or what had been deduced during the past projects ranging from structural modelling, code application, what happened to the structural analysis, and application of engineering concepts so simple that most, including me, tend to forget or take for granted. This is for me to pull some structural lessons learned from the past so that I can learn which particular part I will apply to the current problem if not the totality of the solutions or lessons learned from the past.
Or maybe, this may find its way to a blogger structural engineer like myself who may find himself/herself searching for meaning in the structural design department. These are meant to be light reading for the technical people that we are, and meant to be presented in a light way so that the basic concepts will stick and will never depart from the mind.
I was thinking of creating another domain to discuss these technical stuff but I cannot part ways with my original blog containing my eccentricities. Instead, I decided to include my technical diary here along with my other posts. After all, our identity is the collection of the bits and pieces about us.
The eccentric structural engineer geek/nerd of me will be manifested here in this particular section. For those new in the field, I hope this helps. When I was a young structural design engineer I was hoping someone would write something like this. No one did, or at least none that I knew. So here it is because I know like me then, you are also searching for something like this.
Your brother in the profession,
My projects consisted mostly of reinforced concrete buildings and I designed vertical elements such as shear walls and columns. I also did foundation raft design and piled foundations as well as suspended slabs. I don’t have any design experience on horizontal structures such as flyovers and bridges.
Just leave something in the comment section should you have questions regarding structural engineering. I will answer what I can answer.