Sunday, January 28, 2007

Saturday went well

Good turnout yesterday. The welding of the decks seemed to take longer than maybe it should've but 4 more are done regardless. Ole' Miggy though seems to be leaking so on Monday will have Mr. Tom Bell get a look at 'er and hopefully we can get back to business by Monday afternoon.

Lots of pieces still have to be precision milled, and we have plenty of connection work to still complete. Phil and Jessica will work the mills this week, Phil on the DK doves, and Jessica precision milling most likely. Charmine is about a day away from shop certification, so her and Jessica will do the ever so important angled cuts, and the entire OT which will requre some real money cuts. Remember, anything that's angled on one side yet flat on the other can be precision milled just the same, only from one side.

Lots to do, keep at it, no sleep 'til Brooklyn, er San Jo.

"Imagination is more important than knowledge." - Albert Einstein

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Tex-Mex and Da Bulls are already ready...

Hey everybody!

Word in from the 2007 Tex-Mex ASCE Regional Conference Steel Bridge Competition hosted by Texas Tech in Lubbock:

Texas A & M University, College Station - invited to Northridge

U. of Texas, Austin - invited to Northridge

3. Texas A & M University, Kingsville

Link to the Longhorn effort here:

Might have been a little controversy, but all things put aside, the A&M Aggies and the Longhorns are headed to Northridge.

Also, the University of South Florida is on a mission to "stay ahead of the game", just like Mr. Cannon would do. They've already got their puente ready for the SE Regional in Knoxville at the University of Tennessee. Good stiffness numbers

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Deck Saturday 1/27

Only about 90 days from MidPac now Aggies.

This Saturday, we will push to get the whole deck frame completed. Jess, Phil and Jennifer have been working all day today after the career faire. We'll have plenty to do on Saturday, and we'll find stuff to do we didn't know we had to do no doubt.

(...Watchu lookin' at?)

Friday, January 19, 2007


Welding will commence on Saturday, January 20th, let's work hard and efficiently people.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

January 18+

Steel cutting is going down now, most of the straight cuts have been made to the deck and crank connections. We've still got to cut the lightwall chords and the Overtruss which will get double, double checked before we get into it. Work is going on so stick around and see how the bridge gets made everybody. Phil and Jessica in the shop as well, so shadow them and see the money cuts on the mill.
Jessica's going to precision mill two flanges and get some webbing cut so we can make our first beam pieces this Saturday -- so long as we get the Tinius beam in 1203.

Matt will cut some more in 1203 after Fiber Polymer Reinforced Concrete class this afternoon. Say 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. - then go grab a burrito down at Guad.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Make it so number one...

Acero esta aqui. (steel is here)

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

The January Surge

When the steel gets in we will go to work immediately on the deck. We'll need rough cuts, about 1/8" over, then we will precision mill those lengths in the student shop during open hours. Anything light wall can be wheeled, which we can do in the lab, and even more so if we manage to find an Ellis for our own use. If anybody has a saw capable of cutting steel in a variety of forms, i.e. bar, tube, rod etc. then bring it in so we can get use out of it.

Dovetail programming and production will be the highest priority as they set the standard for our connection stiffness, which in turn equals our bridge stiffness. Deck will come first, the the super stuff, then the LT stuff. While the programming and all that other jazz goes down, we do need to cut a shiteload of blanks and precision mill them down. Lengths to rough cut are +1/8" actual size.

In the meantime, while the major shipment is being waited on -- we need to make special tools for the practice campaign. These tools will mimic our 2007 assembly procedure and hopefully, might even be modifiable for our campaign this year. The practice will help new construction team members get familiar with DT's, the site, etc. etc. Need to use our time wisely, no breaks, we need to work and get it done, quickly and precisely.

Go Ags!