This week’s post comes from Bryan Wert,one of our engineers at the Simpson Strong-Tie McKinney, TX branch. Bryan provides technical product support, new product R&D, and customer education/training for the Southeast U.S. territory. Before starting his career with Simpson Strong-Tie early in 2007, he worked as a structural engineer at a large consulting firm in Las Vegas, NV. Bryan’s design experience ranges from single-family tract and custom homes, to retail centers, to hotel and condo projects. Bryan graduated from USC with a B.S. in Civil Engineering (Building Science emphasis) and from Stanford University with a M.S. in Civil Engineering (Structural emphasis). Here is Bryan’s post:
My wife, Kristin, sometimes gets angry with me while grocery shopping. It’s understandable. She’s asked me to grab some tomatoes or a loaf of bread and instead I’m just standing there looking up at the ceiling. Technically, it’s not a ceiling, but the underside of the roof, and I’m looking up to see the connection detailing, including whether or not the steel roof deck I’m looking at was welded, pinned, or screwed down to the steel joist, beam and angle supports.
If you’re a structural engineer, you might also do this inside your local supermarket, Target, Walmart or The Home Depot. Many of these “big box” stores are typically constructed of tilt-up concrete perimeter walls, tube steel interior columns, and roofs built of steel joists, girders and decking. Though Simpson Strong-Tie is well known in the light-frame wood construction industry, some may not know that we’ve long been developing and selling anchors and fasteners for commercial construction.
Outside of a few dips into a Verco or ASC steel decking catalog from my consulting days in Las Vegas, my first real foray into the steel decking industry was about two years ago. I was asked to assist in representing Simpson Strong-Tie as an associate member at the Steel Deck Institute’s (SDI) quarterly meeting held just down the road in Dallas in November 2011. Since joining SDI, my main focus has been to find out what the industry needs, both from the installer’s and designer’s standpoint for steel deck attachment. Though we’ve had a screw attachment offering for years, my colleagues and I have worked to develop a better overall system which now includes: