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Diekfuss Publishes Three Articles in Journal of Structural Engineering

by Jessica Pairrett 11. October 2016 11:20

Joe Diekfuss, Ph.D., P.E.

Co-authors Joe Diekfuss, Ph.D., P.E. (pictured at right), R.A. Smith National structural engineer, and Chris Foley, Ph.D., P.E., Marquette University Professor and Chair, Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, recently published three articles in the American Society of Civil Engineer’s (ASCE) Journal of Structural Engineering. The articles provide detailed summaries for portions of a recently completed research effort funded by the Wisconsin Highway Research Program and conducted at Marquette University.

The research focused on formulating a reliability-based approach for prescribing inspection intervals for mast-arm sign support structures throughout the State of Wisconsin. The results can be used by the engineering community to establish inspection intervals that better align inspection needs with limited fiscal and human resources.

The inspection intervals for each sign support correspond to user-specified levels of fatigue-induced cracking risk within their welded tube-to-plate connections. The fatigue-induced cracking risk is dependent upon a number of variables including location of the structure within the state, orientation of the mast-arm relative to north, fatigue detail category used at its tube-to-plate connection, the amount of signage it supports and the length of time it has been in service.

Click here to read more and view the abstracts.

Sendik’s West Milwaukee Breaks Ground

by Jessica Pairrett 26. April 2016 08:46

A ceremonial groundbreaking held on Monday, April 11, set construction in motion for the newest Sendik’s Food Market. R.A. Smith National provided survey, stormwater management, site engineering, landscape architectural and development management services for the locally owned grocer’s West Milwaukee location. Ricky Smith, Dave Cleary and Paul McIlheran of the Land Development Services design team attended the groundbreaking. Rick Smith also took part in the event, celebrating with a shovel of his own (far right in photo).

The 42,000 SF Sendik’s store will be located on the east side of Miller Park Way, and will anchor a Goodwill Industries store and a sit-down restaurant. An official opening is expected fall 2016.

Sendik's West Milwaukee groundbreakingIn the photo, L-R:
Tim VanDynHoven, VP/Project Executive, Hunzinger  Construction Company; Patrick Balistreri, Family Co-Owner, Sendik's Food Markets; Margaret Harris, Family Co-Owner, Sendik's Food Markets; Nick Balistreri, Family Co-Owner, Sendik's Food Markets; Greg Devorkin, Chief Executive Officer, Devo Properties; Ted Balistreri, Family Co-Owner, Sendik's Food Markets; Ronald Hayward, President, Village of West Milwaukee; Rick Smith, President, R.A. Smith National.

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