Ciao! My SketchUp book is now available in Italian

While checking my Amazon book purchase stats I just noticed that my book “Architectural Design with SketchUp” (2nd edition) is now available in Italian. Italy being a country with one of the highest number of architects per capita, Italian is clearly one of the best languages to have translated it into. Thanks to the great folks at […] Read more..

Second Edition of “Architectural Design with SketchUp” is almost here!

After the success of the first edition of my SketchUp book, I went back through the text for the second edition and updated quite a bit of content. My main goal was to keep it highly relevant for as large a variety of SketchUp users as possible and at the same time provide thorough yet easy to follow […] Read more..

You can now use SketchUp with Allen/Iano’s Fundamentals of Building Construction book

When it comes to learning construction methods and systems (and, of course, the related materials), it is crucial for a student to understand how things fit together. Every construction system is an assembly of subparts (e.g. beams, bolts, decking) and often a layering based on various functional requirements (e.g. air barrier, insulation, structural sheathing,…). This […] Read more..

My SketchUp Book is Out!

This is an exciting week! My book “Architectural Design with SketchUp” is now available from all of the online booksellers and should be in stores soon, too. After a year of writing and a few months editing and finalizing, it feels really good to see the final product now on store shelves and on Amazon’s […] Read more..

That was (semi-)easy: Creating a book index from PDF page proofs

Reading (printed) books, it is so common to every once in a while look something up in the index, I never thought twice how much work actually goes into a good index. Well – now I know! I just put together an index for mine (I’ll post more on that book soon – be patient). […] Read more..

Strength Capacities and Behaviour of a Composite Timber-Steel Connection System

This study examined the strength properties of a new timber connector that consisted of a sectioned steel tube embedded into the end grain of heavy-timber structural members using a vinyl-ester based mortar. The steel cap of the connector featured a threaded hole that allowed for the attachment of a variety of connecting steel elements.

Preliminary Structural Evaluation and Presentation of Refurbishment Options for the Usher Mill in Erving, Massachusetts

This project, which was completed in the summer of 2003, was aimed at evaluating the structure of a 1918 Western Massachusetts paper mill, which sat empty and had been deteriorating for 13 years. Ultimately, the feasibility of any redevelopment on the site was to be investigated.