May 3, 2013 As young professionals step into leadership roles, they face different
challenges in both practice and academics than those of generations past. In considering
these challenges, this paper examines such issues as the structure of engineering
education, licensing, collaboration between academics and practitioners, retention,
economic impacts, and public awareness. The discussion will provide a roadmap for
addressing key challenges facing young professionals within structural engineering
and suggest continued areas of discussion for both practitioners and academics to
safeguard the success of the next generation of leaders in the field.
May 2, 2013 GMS investigated the removal of the tie rods in the floors of the landmarked
Metropolitan Life Tower in New York City. This building was the tallest in the world
when it opened in 1909. The typical floor is constructed of segmental concrete arches
supported on steel beams with tie rods perpendicular to the beams below the arches.
We evaluated the removal of the rods which resist the thrust of the arches by performing
linear and nonlinear 3d finite element analysis of the floor system. We load tested
5 locations in the building in order to confirm that the floor would perform satisfactorily
if the tie rods were removed and to verify there would be no detrimental impacts
on the adjacent building elements.