TCA Releases Engineering Tilt-Up
Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) – a non-profit international organization
that serves to expand and improve the use of tilt-up as the preferred
building system – has announced the release of Engineering Tilt-Up.
The newest publication from the TCA is the third in a trilogy of resources
covering the architecture, engineering and construction of tilt-up.
Engineering Tilt-Up contains basic engineering principles and code
interpretation as well as in depth analysis of a tilt-up structure and its
components. The thorough guide breaks down tilt-up design to educate
beginners as well as experienced engineers. Authored by Timothy W. Mays,
Ph.D., P.E. and Joseph J. Steinbicker, P.E., S.E., Engineering Tilt-Up
contains 335 pages of completely new content.
According to Mays, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at The Citadel
in Charleston, S.C., “The organization of the chapters making up the main
body of the text are ideal for engineers just beginning with tilt-up or for
seasoned tilt-up engineers looking for excellent example problems that focus
on the latest codes and standards such as the 2012 IBC and ASCE/SEI 7-10.”
In addition to the chapter material, Engineering Tilt-Up features three,
full-building design examples presenting simplified standard practice
approaches to design on realistic yet complex situations and constraints
that are considered on actual projects.
Matthew Bell, P.E., who chaired the review task force of the TCA Technical
Committee, also believes this resource fills a void in the education of the
tilt-up industry. “There is currently no technical resource that educates
engineers on a full-scope basis. We have the ACI 551 design guide for wall
panel design, but nothing to educate on building shell analysis and how that
trickles all the way down to the foundation design.”
The production of the book was enlightening for those involved and the
variety of talent and background on the review committee and of the authors
resulted in a resource with broad application and relevance. Engineering
Tilt-Up is available in both printed and digital form at
www.tilt-up.org/resources. For more information about the TCA, visit
contact TCA headquarters at 319-895-6911 or