Visit CloudCalc at NASCC 2017

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Visit us in Booth 8095 to learn the benefits of using cloud-based engineering software

CloudCalc, Inc.  would like to invite all those attending this year’s NASCC — the Steel Conference (March 22-24, 2017 in San Antonio, TX) to visit us in Booth 8095.  Once there, you will learn exactly why CloudCalc — Structural Analysis in the Cloud –was selected by the AISC/Modern Steel Construction Magazine as one of the Hot Products of last year’s NASCC show! Continue reading

An Engineer’s Guide to Oktoberfest

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Let’s calculate the force required to lift those steins…Fluid dynamics, anyone?

Earlier this month I continued my travels in search of engineering topics by visiting Munich during Oktoberfest.  I went to Munich with my wife and friends, intent on seeing all the sights that would intrigue any engineer: the Deutsches Museum (the world’s largest museum dedicated to engineering, science, and technology), the Glockenspiel in the Rathaus (a wonder of mechanical engineering), and maybe the Allianz Arena – home of Bayern München and one of the prettiest football stadiums anywhere.  I was sure that I would find many topics for a blog article on this trip.

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But it seemed like every time I started out to see something on my list, somebody popped a beer stein in my hand, distracting me from my goal.  It’s funny how that works, especially in Munich, especially in October. Continue reading

‘Friended’ by Miss Romania: Hanging with the Social Media A-List

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Alexandria Morgan –the “Next Kate Upton”, and MY friend on LinkedIn!

Please, readers – can I have your attention down here!  Yes, down here, please.

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I originally started this blog with the intent of chronicling my experiences launching a cloud-based startup in the structural engineering domain.  Lately I’ve met only half of that promise, producing lots of articles about different facets of structural engineering, but very few in the area of internet startups.  (It may be some kind of aversion-bias, based on the fact that the former – structural engineering – is so much easier than successfully pulling off a cloud-based startup.)  Therefore I feel that this article, imparting wisdom that I’ve gained in the startup arena, is long overdue. Continue reading

Version 1.02.11 Released – Optimization for Larger Models

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CloudCalc is pleased to announce the release of Version 1.02.11, the application’s 31st update since its initial launch on June 2, 2014.  The highlight of this release is the optimization of the program to handle larger models better and faster.

In the past we have heard from a number of our users that CloudCalc loses its effectiveness as the model size increases.  Typically as the models extended beyond a few hundred elements, the analysis time would often exceed the time out settings of the user’s browser.  Additionally, data-intensive operations, such as displaying the List View mode for very large models, often exceeded the patience of the user. Continue reading

Version 1.02.10 Released – Enhancements to Units Management

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CloudCalc is pleased to announce the release of Version 1.02.10, the application’s 30th update since its initial launch on June 2, 2014.  The highlight of this release is the addition of several enhancements to CloudCalc’s Units management.

Units management is done through the Tools->Units menu option.  The new features are: Continue reading

Mountain of Ice: Structural Stories of the Baltics

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Sergei Eisenstein, not just a story telling filmmaker, but also an engineer!

This summer I joined the World Affairs Council of Houston on a tour of the Baltic nations (Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Finland) as part of my quest to visit 100 countries (after these four, I now have rung up a total of 92).  Whenever I travel, I make it a point to keep my eye out for interesting structures, and of course this trip was no different.

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The first thing I learned about the Baltic nations is that they love the stories and the songs of their folklore.  The tradition of storytelling has survived from the traditions of this region – the Baltic countries were the last pagan nations of Europe — and their national ethos bear strong marks of this.  Story and song are used to maintain history, pass down lore, impart advice, and even win national independence.  So my goal was not only to find buildings that were interesting from a structural point of view, but maybe one or more that tell a national story as well. Continue reading