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NCSEA Publications are written and published with the assistance of the NCSEA Publications Committee


NCSEA Excavation Shoring Design Guide  NEW! 

Authored by Bryan G. Cortnik, P.E., S.E.


The NCSEA Excavation Shoring Design Guide, comprised solely of detailed worked examples, provides real construction details that are necessary to round out complete designs. Using these examples as templates will reduce review comments and requests for information (RFIs). This practitioner’s manual is filled with best practices and disseminates specialized knowledge in accordance with NCSEA’s mission: in partnership with its Member Organizations, supporting practicing structural engineers to be highly qualified professionals and successful leaders.

Excavation support mechanics are adequately described in widely available manuals. Article 68 of Terzaghi’s Theoretical Soil Mechanics describes the standard of practice from 1943 when excavation shoring was still called “timbering.” Agencies with an interest in safe and stable excavation support have been issuing design manuals ever since.

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NCSEA Engineering Structural Glass Design Guide

Authored by Marcin March, P.E., CEng, MIStructE, and Franklin Lancaster, P.E., and edited by Phil Khalil, P.E. 



The intent of this Guide is to collate relevant design references, requirements, and analysis methods into a single source for easy reference. The reader is encouraged to carry out more comprehensive research to accompany this Guide; the history of glass, fracture mechanics, Finite Element Analysis theory, and many other topics receive only a limited primer here and are subjects for which other more comprehensive documents should be referenced.

This Guide is intended to assist in determining the capacity of glass elements, augmented or reduced by the various relevant factors, and assumes industry standard levels of quality with regard to fabrication and installation. The reader should be aware that often quality levels vary considerably, and recognition of this variability is always an important aspect to consider during the design process.


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