Ah, there it is: SketchUp 6

It is here! After a bit of a wait, Google (formerly @Last software) released SketchUp 6 – again in a free-for-all and a professional version. Here is the official announcement. Upgrades (at least for US customers) are free and there’s a nifty wizard to accomplish a smooth upgrade. Sketchy view in SketchUp 6 using one […] Read more..

Inserting Holidays/Events Into Outlook

I got frustrated when my Outlook 2002 ran out of holidays December 2005. Searching around the internet I found some pages explaining how it is done. Holidays (or any kinds of "all-day" type events can be collected in a formatted text file and then simply imported into Outlook with one click. If you want to […] Read more..

DOWEL – A Software to Simulate Dowel-Type Connectors in Wood or Other Materials

The DOWEL program is a finite-element modeler for dowel-type connections (e.g. nails, bolts, lag screws) in wood-wood, wood-steel or any other type of connection material configuration. The underlying model has even been used for pile modeling in soil. It calculates load-displacement curves for monotonic and cyclic loading applictions and plots deformed shapes at predefined displacement steps. Material inputs consist of basic material embedment data. All material data is stored in a database that can be appended by the user.

Monotonic and Cyclic Behaviour of Slender Dowel-Type Fasteners in Wood-Steel-Wood Connections

The objective of this study was to investigate the monotonic and cyclic behaviour of different kinds of slender dowel-type fasteners. To accomplish this, four types of fasteners were tested in a series of 73 monotonic and cyclic tests. All tests used either one or two slotted-in steel plates in PARALLAM®, a Parallel Strand Lumber (PSL) product.