My presence as Structural Engineer in the 1st Work was loaded with RESPONSABILTY 💪🏻 and LOVE ❤️
and some CONTROVERSIAL ATTITUDES from this professor might remains in my mind till today. . . I think he was not like the idea of change things (I was thinking if I should post this here, but since was a true part of the story, so yes). Having to CHANGE and ADAPT the Main CANTILEVER SYSTEM BEAMS significant supports the entire building for a better purpose, if today, I would do it again. It Was a really good experience and also full of emotions and Surprises.
I had to analyze, come with new and bold ideas, in order to search for also experimental model for this task! the quest for knowledge, on advancing my skills, and all of this suggested the reorganization of the MAIN CANTILIVER BEAM SYSTEM (MCBS) at the Basement level Would to perform great again!! Making the a Whole Building resonate again , is the Action of restoring SAFETY to the Normal Levels.
"The BEST Solution was Achieved "by transferring" the CANTILEVER BEAM SYSTEM TO THE UPPER LEVEL" and we have some columns discharging on a rigid zone! (in combination).
Even I face some difficult challanges with this professor since than, I could not go again about what I believe (Because I believe in SE PROFESSION), I think everything I done, it was in order to make a better world. Not all persons Will agree with that, but experience can sometimes gives you the complementary content that a Student life cannot, or there is a reason Why they hide you're the Techniques for the Profession. Someone say: "Andre, you have to start walking on your own feet". . . so I did, and I was much better pursuing good reasons for the truth, that brings good sides for the Majority of people. Years later you can understand Why/ how this World really works, In fact, not every part of the World is really a Garden, there is Jungle Outside as well, be aware of that! Let your students know and let they know why they are studying . . . we call this Philosophy (is an Activity).
Luckily I run for a path that many should not (CONTINUING EDUCATION). It was me because it is here for you! but What we encounter along the way is POWERFUL INITIATIVES like ASCE.org and ACI (concrete.org), if you find that, you are in good hands because I later found SEI of ASCE, people that I consider a lot!! the ASCE Collaborate, all the manager and the colleagues here in the discussion, the "Warm Environment" that can help each other propelling us forward! (Glen Bell). This is another reality! It seems that, we find positive vibes over here. This give me strength, an many of us, STRENGTH to continue our path! BELONGING as I am posting some memories, Now IT IS your time to post! - I am much happy for being part of ALL of this!
<3 someone continues . . .
Mr Alex! Thanks for share youR experience as well. .. I was involved with govt bridges and overpass designs during my "Supervised Internship Training Program" , before my 1ST Project. They were operating with RM Bridge V8i in Deltacon Engenharia S/S Ltda DELTACON (Bentley SYSTEMS in BRAZIL) and with me in the middle Haha. We were all optimists, as well supported by the Principal Marcos Beier MARCOS. Definitely Great times!! it was the closest I get to government designs and I would like to see more opportunities appearing on this Area! Marcos recently moved to the U.S now . . . and are now working there as well.
And We are problem Solvers, by the way . . .!!!
About My 1st Own Design, it starts on a day I receive this Responsibility: AN PROJ001!The main span was about 10METERS (32 ft main span), 3 LEVELS above the street level, some "superimposed eccentricity" on the columns was a key part to achieve best construction practices, so I was powering a new solution using Structural Engineering, during "Underground Times".
"Unluckily they had some trouble with the original stair . . ." <o:p></o:p>
And Yes - - - My first involvement was a difficult CASE. Structural Engineering Activities in my local Area in 2011 was being limited. I live in a city of small <100.000inhabitants. This CONSTRUCTION would be at risk, and the Workers did not execute the first proposed STRUCTURE, so another Engineer and a friend hear about those "difficulties" from the CONSTRUCTION SITE, and redirects me an OPORTUNITY at that time.. .<o:p></o:p>
I was responsible to perform STRUCTURAL OPTIMIZATIONS and to THE FULL REDESIGN for the Structural System, developed by a professor at that time. The Workers /and the Client were concerned because his Design would face difficulties for CONCRETE OPERATION and the Overall SAFETY of the POST-Structure.<o:p></o:p>
. . . The PROBLEM was in the CANTILEVER BEAMS. "Introducing rebar congestion, not allowing an intuitive approach and properly manage the clear cover and adequate minimum space between bars in the Structure." <o:p></o:p>
Final Thoughts, Was that the Professor a follower of the Minimum of a "prescriptive code" that permits a less than a 1inch space (NBR 6118 Brazilian code), arranged in a way that Concrete "coarse aggregate" couldn't pass through the bars? and by consequence . . . consolidation would not properly done, resulting in a cascade of failures for the integrity of the System ?. . . But It was my first design . . 😊
When I see, I was quickly "Managing the Risk."
What a difficult situation no?