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Mr. David Pritchard Thompson, P.E., M.ASCE

KTA Structural Engineers Ltd.

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Mr. David Thompson, P.E., M.ASCE


KTA Structural Engineers Ltd.

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Posted By David Thompson 01-03-2023 08:02 AM
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Alex My experience with analysis is, that when designing we simplify frames and make simplified assumptions (such as pinned joints) to generate forces to which we design to, however if we have to assess existing no simplifying assumptions can be made.  I have found assessing an existing structure and ...
Posted By David Thompson 08-30-2022 07:52 AM
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The structural Engineers do have some collabertive agrements with other Societies like the Institute for Structural Engineers.  It is beneficial for everyone. ------------------------------ David Thompson P.E., M.ASCE Principal KTA Structural Engineers Ltd. Calgary AB ----------------------- ...
Posted By David Thompson 12-28-2020 09:21 AM
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From many years ago, 1985 I had the best engineering course that covered the subjects, that I have found poorly handled since that time,  Loads; seismic, rain. snow, live  their basis and how they are combined to achieve a proper level of safety.  What followed from the combination of loads was understanding ...
Posted By David Thompson 07-18-2019 11:52 PM
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You ask a very good question.  I believe your life experiences form who you are, for me the examples of my parents influenced me greatly.  My parents were both 6 generation Canadian, but the examples of how I should live my life did not prepare me well for my life in private industry as I believe you ...
Posted By David Thompson 07-01-2019 08:28 PM
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For complete understanding you need to ask the background of the wind speeds being asked.  If your customer is following ASCE-7 after 2010   60 m/s represents a 3sec  gust wind speed at the ultimate load level.  When dealing with projects in other countries I attempt to clarify the reliability and loads ...
Posted By David Thompson 05-20-2019 07:43 AM
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I agree with Stan's comment.  I would add that likely in his 40 years of experience that he has likely encountered a similar experience to draw from.  How many engineers has anyone worked with who design Conceptually?  If you draw a detail and it looks right, it usually works.  I worked with a fellow ...
Posted By David Thompson 05-08-2019 07:45 AM
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I  am going to try to deal with the questions; how do we gain engineering judgement and is engineering a science or an art? One of the most interesting reads I had, was a text book (yes a text book) that I picked up in England called the "Art of Structural Engineering".  One of the books main points ...
Posted By David Thompson 05-04-2019 08:50 PM
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Are Codes and Material standards absolutes.  How often have you dealt with a design standard and observed that a clause does not make sense whether it the clause are conservative or not.  How many engineers take codes as gospel or as guides?  I consider judgement and intuition as very much the same.  ...
Posted By David Thompson 05-02-2019 11:44 PM
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Heidi I can not speak to the ASCE recommendations of masters or 30 hours of post-grad academic experience, however as a small structural  consulting firm employer when hiring I look for applicants who have post graduate experience or degrees. Here are my reasons:  Students going into post ...
Posted By David Thompson 04-15-2019 10:36 PM
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Not being able to speak a second language, here is an outside observation.  Depending on where you are working, having understanding of a dialect is of great importance, especially if you are dealing with technical clients in international locations.  However, your language skills may not be fully appreciated ...
Posted By David Thompson 04-03-2019 09:54 PM
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I hope Performance Design is the wave of the future. I see the potential of improving the design of structures no mater what the loading level is used. I believe one of the major challenges of Performance Design is understanding the probability behind the loading versus the resistance.  I would really ...
Posted By David Thompson 03-19-2019 10:14 PM
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IPD depends on trust.  Unfortunately "trust" is not high in the construction community (I include consultants in this group). How often have you a consultant say, "The only way you can ensure that a project will give you what you want is to let the contractor to make money" or a contractor say "Pay the ...
Posted By David Thompson 02-06-2019 09:58 PM
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Following up on the discussion so far.  In Australia, Europe, Russia and Canada there are standards explaining the basis of the probabilities behind the country standards AS/NZ 1170.0,  EN 1990,  CAN/CSA S408, GOST 27751-2014 The greatest uncertainty I have found in reliability analysis is the ability ...
Posted By David Thompson 02-05-2019 02:57 PM
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​A good resource "Residential Building Loads review and roadmap for future progress"  published by ASCE in 2006.  This 50 page book is good background reading for the different loads and references. ------------------------------ David Thompson P.E., M.ASCE Principal KTA Structural Engineers Ltd. ...
Posted By David Thompson 01-03-2019 09:16 PM
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I read Mr. Keaton's posting very carefully and went back to the ABET web site and read the definitions used in the site.  I recognize that ABET provides quality assurance to ensure program educational objectives are achieved and are improved.  The ABET web site describes "Program Educational Objectives" ...
Posted By David Thompson 12-24-2018 09:01 AM
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I have been interested in the conversation on this subject up to this point of time.  Everyone has provided thoughtful contributions.  Here are two fundamental questions; What is the goal of the education programs? What is key to innovation? I suggest that as far as regulators, such as  Accreditation ...
Posted By David Thompson 12-24-2018 08:50 AM
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There was some research work done in Canada in the 1990's on composite cold-formed floor joists.  The work was not done in a University lab but the general behavior was well established.  The results were published under 1993 Canadian Society for Civil Engineering Annual  Conference, "Composite Cold-Formed ...
Posted By David Thompson 10-24-2018 12:26 AM
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As I get nearer to the end of my career, I have found that most of my learning occurred after leaving University (about 70 %).  I went through a 5-year undergraduate program with an additional year of work experience included and a masters program.  I believe where the innovation in engineering education ...
Posted By David Thompson 10-10-2018 11:40 AM
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You may wish to check with the wood council.  In Canada there is an incentive plan by the Government to encourage the idea of high rise wood construction.  In Europe there has been construction of a 14 story building. ------------------------------ David Thompson P.E., M.ASCE Principal KTA Structural ...
Posted By David Thompson 09-28-2018 12:00 PM
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I believe that structural engineering is the design of structures against loads whether the loads are common to houses, high rises retaining walls or bridges.  I have been lucky enough in my carrier to design most structures (except high rises).  At this stage of my career I use knowledge gained from ...