Boom times at Sparrows Point steel mill
I spent this week at Steel Week, the AISC’s North American Steel Construction Conference (NASCC) in Baltimore, MD. Every year, this conference is a great opportunity to share the CloudCalc philosophy with steel professionals. Likewise, the week presents a wonderful chance to explore the highlights of the host city (as you can see from these dispatches I wrote from Nashville and Orlando in previous years).
So arriving in Baltimore, I had to check out the points of interest. (Actually, once here, I realized that I have a little history with Baltimore. My first job out of school was with Bechtel in Gaithersburg, MD…and as a young engineer I took my EIT exam — called the “Fundamentals of Engineering” exam these days — in the Baltimore Convention Center, the same building that is hosting the NASCC!) Inner Harbor, check. Fort McHenry, check. Camden Yards, check. And now Sparrows Point! Continue reading
CloudCalc is pleased to announce the release of Version 1.02.16, the application’s 36th update since its initial launch on June 2, 2014. You can verify that you automatically have this latest version by clicking on the Help Menu – the bottom of which shows the active version number. (If, for some reason it does not show this version, you may need to force a hard-refresh of your browser, via Ctrl-F5 on a PC, or Cmd-Shift-R on a Mac.)
This release incorporates the Virtual Joist and Virtual Joist Girder section property tables developed by the Steel Joist Institute (SJI). The intent is that these Virtual Joist tables are to be used in the structural models during the analysis, and code check phases of the design process as a way of standardizing joist sizes among different (and often unknown, at the time of the structural analysis) joist vendors. Continue reading
CloudCalc’s 4,700 registered users span 143 countries
Since its launch in June 2014, we at CloudCalc have provided our structural analysis software at no charge, inviting engineers everywhere to use the product without restriction. The purpose of this was to help build a community of first adopters who could help prove the concept that cloud-based engineering software could not only be viable, but actually preferable to the traditional PC-based engineering analysis products. In return, you, as the first adopters, have provided a wonderful exchange of ideas, critiques, and suggestions which has helped to make our product even better. All of us at CloudCalc thank you for that!
We are proud of what we have achieved in the past few years – creating not just a product but a paradigm that was not even considered to be practical just a few years ago. All the more surprising is that we have done this without asking for one dollar of revenue from our ever growing community of users. Not surprisingly, at some point we need to find a way to pay the costs – the cost of the developers and engineers who design, code, and test CloudCalc, the fees for the servers that host CloudCalc, the rent and other office expenses, etc. – if we are going to keep up with the demands of enhancing and supporting an increasingly used engineering solution of this quality. That point in time is now, or more specifically, starting Sunday, April 1. Continue reading
Collaboration? Device independence/mobility? Always-up-to-date software? Licensing flexibility? Disruptive pricing? Intuitive UI? Quick startup and a short learning curve? Structural engineers are accustomed to all these benefits of cloud-based software in every aspect of their life — EXCEPT in their work! But now, CloudCalc brings these benefits to the world of structural engineering software.
If you are attending the 2018 NASCC (AISC’s Steel Conference), held April 11-13 in Baltimore, MD, we invite you to come by booth 2400 and learn how CloudCalc can help incorporate these advantages into YOUR work process, immediately. Come by our booth and you will also be entered in a drawing to win a one-year subscription to CloudCalc! Continue reading
“Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day”, an article Tom Van Laan, CEO of CloudCalc, was published in the Winter 2017-2018 Journal of SEAoT, the Structural Engineers Association of Texas. Continue reading
The world according to Amazon — Newark yes, Houston no
On January 18, Amazon released its short list of 20 candidates still under consideration as the location of HQ2. Among the 218 losers pared from the list of hopefuls were such metropolises as Leominster, MA, Stonecrest, GA, and Scarborough, Maine. Oh yes, and Houston, TX, the fourth largest city in the country. The last time Amazon so publicly humiliated Houston was last January, when Alexa was overheard boldly predicting that the Houston Texans football team would be “publicly executed” by the New England Patriots. Maybe I should start doing my Christmas shopping on eBay!
For those not keeping track, Amazon invited the cities of North America to submit bids to become the site of their second headquarters. Besides the prestige of being the home (or second home) of one of the most successful companies on earth, there would be tangible benefits for the winning city as well, as Amazon predicted an influx of 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in construction investment. It is no wonder that 238 cities submitted their applications, demonstrating how they met the stated criteria: Continue reading
You may have noticed a small change in the appearance of the CloudCalc web site the last time you logged in. There is now a green padlock and the notation “Secure” to the left of the address bar. Also the URL name – www.cloudcalc.com – is now preceded by the indicator HTTPS: (Hyper Text Transfer Secure) in place of the previous HTTP:
What does this mean to you, the CloudCalc user? A couple of things… Continue reading