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What is Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) in construction?
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Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) studies the potential environmental impact of products or services during their entire life cycle.
How to design a reinforced concrete Retaining Wall [WEBINAR]
Posted on in Retaining wall
Join us for our next Webinar and learn how to analyse and design a reinforced concrete cantilever retaining wall with a complex loading and layered soil environment to Eurocode 7.
Calculating the environmental impact of your building structures with MasterSeries
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The UK Built Environment presently generates around 25% of UK greenhouse gas emissions. As environmental sustainability becomes a mainstream topic, the construction industry is also under pressure to cut its carbon emissions to reach Net Zero by 2050.
Holiday Closures
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MasterSeries Offices will close on Friday the 23rd December at 1:00 pm, and reopen on Tuesday the 3rd of January 2023.
Understanding the behaviour and design of portal frames [WEBINAR RECORDING]
Posted on in Portals
Portal frames represent a very efficient method for enclosing large spaces, as they allow large column-free areas to be achieved at a relatively low cost. Portal frame design is most efficient when designed within specialised structural software such as MasterSeries. However, it does not negate the designers need to have a fundamental understanding of how the portal frame behaves, how its elements interact and the design challenges it incorporates.
Understanding How to Edit and Add Both Standard and Non-Standard User Sections to Your Masterseries Model
Posted on in MasterFrame
MasterSeries includes a large library of in-built steel sections which includes British, European, American, South African and Chinese sections. These in-built section profiles adhere to geometric properties defined in design codes such as British Standards and Eurocodes, which allow for their design within MasterSeries. As well as the in-built libraries, MasterSeries incorporates many other section types which can be designed within the software, the full range of which can be found within our MasterKey: Steel Design feature list.
How to gain an advantage in Masonry Design using Yield Line Analysis over traditional EuroCode methods [WEBINAR RECORDING]
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In the UK in 2018, the construction industry consumed 2.4 billion bricks, yet the design of masonry wall panels is often based on rule-of-thumb methods or using conservative standards. The reality is, through some simple design checks, major savings could be made in the form of time, money and materials. The Advanced Yield-Line Analysis (AYLA) method allows you to quickly and accurately calculate and design masonry walls with any arrangement of openings, combined with multiple wind posts and lateral line loads.
Is your finite element mesh size appropriate?
Posted on in MasterFrame
The accuracy of any FE analysis is heavily influenced by the size of the finite element mesh. Large elements result in a faster analysis time but at the cost of a loss of accuracy. But a small global mesh size, while giving a higher level of accuracy, comes at the cost of analysis time. So how do you know if the mesh is correct?
Design of composite floors both in construction and final stages [WEBINAR RECORDING]
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Composite floors, thanks to their many benefits such as efficient usage of materials; quick, cost-effective and sustainable constructibility, have come to dominate the building industry in the UK over the past years. However, for the long-term usability of buildings, the serviceability design both in the final and construction stages can be at least as important as the resistance design in the final composite stage.
The essentials of steel connection optimisation [WEBINAR RECORDING]
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The modern design codes (e.g. Eurocode) use the Component method to evaluate steel connections. In this webinar, we will review the underlying components and how the capacity of a connection is determined, based on the capacities of the various components.