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TCA Releases Engineering Tilt-Up

The 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 www.tilt-up.org or contact TCA headquarters at 319-895-6911 or info@tilt-up.org.


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