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Fellow engineers,

I've been watching this thread with interest. It's like something out of the dim and distant past.

I've had a fair bit of experience dealing with similar projects. In my case they were built using manufactured house trailer type units specifically designed for the application at hand. We even did one complex three stories high, with a helicopter landing pad on the roof, and cantilevered off the deck of an off-shore drilling platform.

That was virtually all pre 1975 so anything I have to say may be a little out-of-date. I just hope I don't embarrass myself too much.

For the engineer undertaking the work, I can't imagine any structural engineer who can qualify for registration in California as having any difficult whatever doing the work. You will be just fine. It should be largely a case of "follow the load path and reinforce where necessary".

These units are probably not stacked directly on top on one another or in all cases, packed closely beside one another. There will likely be a space between for HVAC ducting, electrical, plumbing, and other services including structural components. Erection procedures, and whether large openings are cut and reinforced before or after erection are factors that will affect how much work will have to be done.

How experienced is the rest of the team? This will have a significant effect on how much time must be spent in design conferences and on how many times the work must be redone due to revisions in the basic project.

Any structural engineer who has not done this type of thing before should find it an interesting and exciting project. Good luck in getting the job; and have fun doing it.



On 09/01/2014 10:25 AM, Thor Tandy wrote:
This message was also sent by vicpeng(--nospam--at) to: bmcclure(--nospam--at) Andrew

I don't know if my colleague can assist but he has done at least one
container apartment design/review for conditions in Victoria, BC.

I copy him for you to link directly if there is any light.


Thor A. Tandy P.Eng, C.Eng, Struct.Eng, MIStructE, FEC
Victoria, BC
Email: vicpeng(--nospam--at)
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