Tips Category: Technical Tip

IBC vs OSHA Design

by Kevin O'Neill

Safety is one of the main concerns when designing a structure. After determining the structure’s use, knowing what codes and requirements need to be followed as key in creating the proper design. This month we are taking a look at two different standards that are used when building a structure: the International Building Code and regulations set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The Importance of a PE Stamp

by Kevin O'Neill

In every industry, many standards need to be met, and certifications required to get a project executed. Choosing the correct partner to help with a plan is critical because not all companies meet specific standards to complete a project. One essential qualification is a company’s ability to provide a PE Stamp on their drawings. A PE Stamp demonstrates that a professional engineer placed his/her “registration seal” on the drawing or designs.

How to Calculate the Footprint of Stairs and Ladders

by Kevin O'Neill

When planning the space for your equipment platform, the area that will be used for the equipment and storage space may be the easiest to determine. Planning for the components of the platform used for accessing it may be a little bit harder to identify but could be critical to the success of the platform in the space provided. These components include stairs, ship ladders, and vertical ladders.

Three Elements to Know When Starting a New Platform Design

by Kevin O'Neill

When starting a new project, there are many variables for each platform. To ensure that each project is a success, here are the top items to know when you start platform design. The three critical elements that an engineer needs to design a platform are location, slab capacity, and platform use.

What You Need to Know About Platform Loading

by Kevin O'Neill

The goal of an elevated equipment platform is to support equipment, storage, or human traffic. This discussion focuses on the gravity or vertical loads and how to determine the proper load rating or specified loads for your platform. Gravity loads are separated between dead load and live load. Dead load includes the self- weight of the structure and components that are securely attached to the permanent structure. Live load is a variable load such as human traffic and product weight.

Back to Basics: The Terminology Needed to Succeed

by Kevin O'Neill

Like every other industry, there is much jargon in the Material Handling and Logistics industry. Knowing the proper terms when discussing an upcoming project with potential suppliers and project managers is vital to making sure each project is a success. There is nothing worse than using the wrong terminology and then spending more time explaining a project than actually executing it.

Being Prepared for High and Low Seismic Activity

by Kevin O'Neill

Seismic forces are used as a representation for the displacement and movement that a structure would undergo during a seismic event. The seismic forces are directly related to the height, seismic weight and number of levels of the structure. Seismic weight is determined from the dead load of the structure consisting of framing members, decking, railing and equipment securely attached to the structure.

Concrete Deck vs Steel Deck Platforms

by Kevin O'Neill

Concrete deck is viewed by consumers as having the most flexibility to adjust equipment locations, handle large point loads, and support heavy material handling equipment such as pallet jacks and light forklifts. This may be true, however, there are drawbacks to selecting a concrete deck over a roof deck, bar grating, or floor plate system.

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