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1998 Spotlight on Graduate and Undergraduate Research at ESF
Construction Management and Wood Products Engineering Abstracts

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BUCKLING OF METAL PLATE CONNECTED JOINTS. Ahmed Elragi and George Kyanka.

A CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGEMENT TOOL- PRIMAVERA PROJECT PLANNER. Michael B. Walley and Kenneth J. Tiss.


Abstracts

BUCKLING OF METAL PLATE CONNECTED JOINTS. Ahmed Elragi and George Kyanka, Faculty of Construction Management and Wood Products Engineering, 403 Baker Lab, SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY 13210.

     In recent years, the use of metal plate connected trusses has expanded to cover residential, commercial, industrial buildings uses. Large span trusses are widely used. Members of such trusses experience forces of high values. Large metal plate connectors are used to transfer these forces. Buckling of the unsupported area of the metal plate connectors will be one of the failure criteria of such trusses.
     This study investigates the buckling behavior of the unsupported area of metal plate connectors of different types of joints. This includes single and double web joints, square end web and fitted end web joints. The effect of changing the angle between the web and the chord members is also studied. The study was performed numerically and was verified experimentally.
     Results show that buckling of the unsupported area of metal plate connectors is a main reason for joint failure. The buckling load depends on the joint configuration. The angle between the web and the chord members affects the buckling load. For large metal plate connectors the buckling load is the same for both square end web and fitted end web. In this case buckling occurs in the area between the web and the chord members. Buckling load can be increased by increasing the metal plate thickness.

 

A CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGEMENT TOOL- PRIMAVERA PROJECT PLANNER. Michael B. Walley, Faculty of Construction Management Engineering, 415 Baker Lab, and Kenneth J. Tiss, AIC, Faculty Advisor, SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY 13210.

     Primavera Project Planner (P3) is a software package that is designed to aid in the management of projects and project schedules. P3 accomplishes this by being used individually or in conjunction with other software packages such as Expedition, SureTrak, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel to name a few.
     P3's main advantage is to manage multiple projects simultaneously. P3 will accept projects from SureTrak as well as other P3 created projects. P3 has the ability to link schedules together to form one master schedule. Project resources, costs, activities, and progress can be tracked, monitored, and updated. Information can be shared with coworkers through e-mail and may be "Access Rights" protected.
     P3 has many features, several which are displayed here. Projects may be grouped, sorted, and filtered in a variety of ways to show details of the project more specifically. Calendars may be changed or created to meet the needs of a particular project. P3 has a variety of predetermined layouts or allows to you to create your own for printing reports and schedules. The P3 allows for viewing a schedule in an Activity on Node format as well as the standard Bar Chart format. Constraints and milestones may be added when an activity or resource is a critical issue on the schedule or when certain dates must be met.


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