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

Alexandria Morgan -- the next Kate Upton

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

Happy Birthday CloudCalc!

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As of today, CloudCalc is a member of the ‘Terrible Twos’

Happy Birthday to Us!  As of today, June 2, 2016, CloudCalc, Structural Analysis in the Cloud, officially turns two years old.  So far the growth and development of CloudCalc has been as fun, exciting, and unpredictable to watch as that of any human two-year-old.  So forgive me if I act like a proud papa and start regaling you with all the cute stories about my baby.

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For example, I could tell you about CloudCalc’s overdue delivery.  The due date was originally June 1, 2014, but problems arose that caused a complicated delivery.  11 days before the due date, my computer overheated and crashed, threatening an anticipated 10+ day repair period (you can read about that episode here).  But things worked out OK, and CloudCalc popped out, ready to meet the world, only one day late, on June 2.  Other famous June 2 birthdays?  The Rolling Stones’ Charlie Watts, Jerry Mathers (TV’s “the Beaver”), and the Marquis de Sade. Continue reading

Version 1.02.09 Released – CloudCalc now Incorporates Mexican Steel Profiles

IMCA-1CloudCalc is pleased to announce the release of Version 1.02.09, the application’s 29th update since its initial launch on June 2, 2014.  The highlight of this release is the inclusion of the structural steel profiles of IMCA, the Instituto Mexicano de la Construcción en Acero, A.C., as specified in the 5th Edition of the Manual de Construccion en Acero. Continue reading