High Tech Is More Than a Look

by Rita Robison, Assoc. Ed.; Civil Engineering—ASCE, New York, N. Y.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1984, Vol. 54, Issue 12, Pg. 33-36

Document Type: Feature article


Hollow steel section, also known as tubular steel, is being used for its clean dramatic look, its structural efficiency in compression, the economic efficiency of combining structure and architecture at one price, and its 1980's high tech look. United Airlines will soon construct a terminal at O'Hare Airport with a sawtooth roof made up of pipe truss folded plates and a pipe vault. Tubular steel space frames, used for roofs and skylights, require careful coordination between buildig enggineers and space frame engineers. The same applies to pedestrian bridges. Leader in design and development is CIDECT, a Paris-based organization with members in the U.S. and Canada.

Subject Headings: Steel structures | Space frames | Steel frames | Roofs | Pipelines | Space construction | Economic factors | Pricing | Canada

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