The Next Tallest Building in San Francisco

The Salesforce Tower will soon be completed and overtake the Pyramid as San Francisco's newest and tallest building. I had a great oppertuinity to take a stroll through the construction area early this month and decided to highlight a few aspects of what i learnt and saw. To me when i see cities like this,…

Engineered Timber and Fire

We have two papers being presented by students at this year's Fire and Materials Conference in San Francisco: Comparing timber adhesive shear strength properties after fire damage  Laminated veneer lumber plated connections in fire Engineered timber is built up using adhesives. These adhesives tend to begin to break down at temperatures around 200C. The first paper…

Learning at the Golden Gate

There is no more perfect North American example to learn about fire science history and earthquakes than at the city of San Francisco. Even a centennial after the 1906 quake and fire, the effects still resonate within the city in both its new infrastructure and the character of its constructions. I had a wonderful opportunity to…