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The original floor beams appear to be W18x40, at least to my poor eyes.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jordan Truesdell, PE [mailto:seaint1(--nospam--at)] 
> Sent: Wednesday, April 12, 2006 9:16 AM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)
> Subject: Constructability article in April MSC
> Did anyone else see the constructibility article on p28 of 
> MSC this month and think, "the architect must have been 
> crazy"??  The gist of the article is that by doing a full 
> review and redesign using modern BIM and  having the 
> independent SE using the same software as the fabricator, 
> they saved hundreds of thousands of dollars and eliminated 
> 78% of the beams in a building. It sounds very impressive 
> until you look at what the A/E had done to start with: an 8" 
> deep steel beam depth spanning (I'm guessing) a 30' to 40' 
> bay. They had W8x40s on 3' 
> centers!   Most of the efficiency seems to come from 
> increasing the beam 
> depth to 18" and more than tripling the beam spacing.

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