Structural design and project management
Designing and placing this digital display on existing
columns in Mississippi helped get this customer’s business back to
normal after Hurricane Katrina.
Everything has to fit correctly when parts built thousands of miles
apart are joined for the first time. The large structure, shipped in
two parts to travel via interstate, had to stack up within close
tolerances in addition to fitting over the existing 30” diameter
columns at a level 90’ above ground.
During the design process, the specification for the structure was
upgraded to comply with 130 MPH exposure C wind forces (i.e. “hurricane
ratings”) Although the weaker design was grandfathered into building
codes, there were significant economic reasons to make a stronger
structure. The use of Autodesk Inventor 3D modeling, along with ANSYS
finite element analysis and conventional stress analysis, made
re-quoting and adapting the design easy.
Theft was a problem here – the electrical service was stolen (1000’ of
copper) so work inside the structure had to take place without the
cooling fans running. We adapted by drinking lots of water… Next time
we bring a generator.
Hospitality is alive and well on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
There are lots of great people there that could use our tourist money,
and some terrific beachside restaurants. I just love it when the
project goes well enough to enjoy the local fare.