Sean Ewing Simon Josephson Vaughn Peck Lewis Larscheid Rob Scheurman
The purpose of our project is to design a low cost housing that can be placed in Shanlin, which is in Kaohsiung city. The project has two stages. First, we receive 3 Revit models, those are the low cost housing we are trying to build. Our job is to analyze those models using ETABS, so we can get the steel structural design. During the second stage, we will pass our results to our teammates in WSU, they will make a 4d model and quantity take off using naviswork, based on our results.
Team3 model displacement (left), steel members (right)
Team8 model displacement
Team8 model steel members
Team12 model displacement (left), steel structures (right)
ETABS: During these 4 weeks, ETABS has become our best friend and our worst enemy. This is our first time using this software and we got little knowledge about steel structure. We were so unsure that every decision we made, we searched on the internet and still made lots of mistakes, including loads, direction of columns just to name a few.
Communication: Time lag and different expectation for this course makes us hard to find a time just to discuss online and fully exchange our ideas.
To complete this project, these are some tools that we used:
E-mail: Mainly, we used E-mail to exchange all our messages.
SOCOCO: We used SOCOCO for our first online meeting. During this meeting, we met each other for the first time and officially start our team work.
Google Drive: To transfer 3D models.
Revit: To open the models we received and we could build the ETABS models based on them. ETABS: To analyze the steel structures
New communication tool – SOCOCO New structure design and analysis software – ETABS New experience – Global team. New skill and knowledge – Steel structural design and regulation about steel structure.
Key Factor to Success
After this experience, we gave our journey quite some thoughts, and we came out with these key factors to success:
Patience: To finish this project in a short period of time, while we still have a lot to learn about ETABS, it might make us feel anxious sometimes. But it is important to clear our mind and focus on tasks at hand.
Communication: Communicate with efficiency can always make things easier.
Team work: Good team work means everyone knows they’re part of the job and be able to use their own advantage to get them done.