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Code Matters

Codes do matter in the building and industrial plant world…A lot.

by Karen Griffin, Staff Architect

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Question:
Is it a requirement to provide accessible toilet rooms and elements within the industrial plant?

Reference Code:
The International Building Code (IBC), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA 2010)

The following will hopefully clear up many misunderstandings about accessibility design which we often lump into one word – handicap.

Fact #1: The ADA (a law) is written as civil rights
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Who’s Your Civil Engineer?

By: Monte Moreschi, P.E., LEED

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Today’s Civil Engineer does more than just the grading, and erosion and sediment control plans. They take care of rezoning, overall site layout, local ordinance compliance, driveway permits, storm water management, underground utilities, potable water permits, sanitary sewer permits, site traffic patterns, and raw material and finished goods logistics. The Civil Engineer also provides coordination between building plumbing, building foundations, equipment foundations, electrical duct banks, surveyors, vendors, etc. They even provide coordination between Civil...

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To Profile or Not to Profile?

By: Monte Moreschi, P.E., LEED

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We get questioned all the time about why we spend time creating utility profile drawings. In the world of underground utilities, we feel that is like asking why did you spend time creating elevation drawings for buildings? We however understand that profile drawings might seem unnecessary to our clients.

We have heard on numerous occasions that a good set of plans showing utility locations and a typical depth for type...

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Mid-South Engineering In the News

Articles and Photos provided to Mid-South Engineering by Steve Brawner, Editor, Arkansas Professional Engineers Magazine, Little Rock, AR

Mid-South Engineering is proud to announce Larry Stephens and Bruce Westerman have been featured in the July 2015 issue of the Arkansas Professional Engineers Magazine. Mid-South Engineering would like to congratulate them on this recent accomplishment and acknowledgment.

Larry Stephens, P.E., former President, Vice-President, and Treasurer, now a current Chairman for Mid-South Engineering, has been selected as the ASPE Engineer of the Year. After starting Mid-South Engineering in 1969 alongside Roy Murphy, Larry’s intelligence, people skills, and knowledge of the industry...

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Back to the Basics | Fasteners: Torque vs. Tension

by Kyle Manzer, Staff Engineer

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Bolts, Capscrews, and Studs are used as fasteners for many applications in mechanical devices. On our rotating machinery, we have critical fasteners for couplings and anchor bolts, etc. and also non-critical fasteners for holding side covers, etc. In these cases, the fasteners work using the same principle, by providing a clamping force to hold two or more pieces together in


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2015 Forest Product Machinery and Equipment Expo

2015 Forest Product Machinery and Equipment Expo
The Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA) is hosting the 2015 Forest Products Machinery & Equipment Exposition conference on June 10-12, 2015 at the World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Forest Product Professionals will have exhibits of the latest machinery, equipment, technology and services on display. We will be located at Booth 311. Stop by and see us!

For complete information, visit the conference website at http://sfpaexpo.com/

We look forward seeing...

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New Staff Members

We are pleased to announce two new staff members who have joined the Mid-South Engineering Team.

John Gamble joined the group on March 17, 2015, as a Structural Designer. John’s role will be working on multiple structural projects with other Designers and Engineers. John comes from an architectural background with bachelor’s in Architectural Technology from New York Institute of Technology. His most recent position working as an architectural/structural designer was with a local architectural/structural engineering firm.

Morgan Price joined the group on April 13, 2015, as a Project Administrator. Morgan’s role will be primarily working closely with the managers...

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2015 Northeast Biomass Heating Expo

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Join us on April 16-18, for the 2015 Northeast Biomass Heating Expo. The region’s largest biomass heating conference will be held at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland, Maine. The 7th annual event will unite a diverse audience from the biomass fuel, supply chain, developer, manufacturer, and government sectors to break barriers and ground for biomass thermal and combined heat and power (CHP) systems. We will be located at booth 34.

For complete information, visit the conference website
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2015 International Biomass Conference and Expo

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The conference will be held on April 20-22, 2015 at the Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN. This event unites industry professionals from all sectors of the world’s biomass industries. We will be located at Booth 721. Stop by and see us!

For complete information, visit the conference website at http://www.biomassconference.com

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Code Matters | What is required for an Emergency Action Plan?

by Karen Griffin, Staff Architect

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Question:
What is required for an Emergency Action Plan?

Referenced Codes:
The International Building Code (IBC), Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA standards 29 CFR 1910.38), NFPA 101 Life Safety Code

The short OSHA Answer:
If there are more than 10 employees at a facility, a written Emergency Action Plan (EAP) will be required. If there are fewer than 10, the plan may be communicated EVERY...

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