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Find Some Fun

08.24.15 by Daniel McClain

Sometimes, it doesn’t matter how much we love our jobs there are going to be times when things may get monotonous, repetitive, or you may…

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What’s Shakin’ in Tornado Alley?

11.17.14 by Justin Hartman

Having grown up in the Oklahoma City area and now living in Tulsa, it has always been tornadoes, thunderstorms and the occasional snow or ice…

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Team Unity

11.11.14 by Mondher Labbane

My youngest son plays soccer for a team that has had success both at the state level (two-time state champions) and at the regional level….

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Quality Control

07.21.14 by Matt Gebhardt

I recently gave a presentation on quality control policy. During preparation, it dawned on me that as engineers we often miss the boat as to…

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Saferooms for Schools – One Year Later

06.03.14 by Kevin Bahner

It’s been nearly a year since my last blog post. At that time, South Oklahoma City and Moore were just really getting started with the…

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Stop and Smell the Roses

05.14.14 by Win Rice

Stop and smell the roses…sure it’s an old cliché, but do we really stop and do it? As engineers and architects, we create structures that…

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“To boldly go where no engineer has gone before…”

05.06.14 by Steve Huey

Architectural Space:  the final frontier. These are the voyages of Wallace Engineering. Its thirty five-year mission:  to explore strange new geometries, to seek out new…

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Safe Schools 101 – FEMA and Oklahoma Emergency Management

04.29.14 by David Zuk

As residents of Oklahoma we are fully aware the month of May means severe weather and tornadoes are likely to occur at any time throughout…

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It’s Not Always About The Numbers

03.31.14 by Carrie Johnson

As engineers, we tend to focus on the calculations and drawings and not on the other aspects of running a successful business.  I think a…

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March Madness

03.17.14 by Tom Hendrick

When the month of March rolls around I think most everyone is aware of March Madness in college basketball.  First, there are the conference tournaments,…

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Naturally Curious

02.18.14 by Kevin Fitzpatrick

“Curiosity is a willing, a proud, an eager confession of ignorance.” -S. Leonard Rubenstein. I wonder if I act and think the way I do…

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A Different Perspective

01.27.14 by Brandon Wahl

Several years ago, I started providing metal stud shop drawings for sub-contractors, and it made me change the way that I detail the construction drawings…

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Retaining Wall Design

01.13.14 by Brian Walker

As a structural engineer, I am frequently called upon to investigate and develop repairs for failed or failing earth retaining wall structures. The call often comes…

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The Art of Engineering

01.06.14 by Tom Wallace

At Wallace Engineering, we often talk about the “art of engineering”.  But what does that mean?  The American Engineers Council for Professional Development (ECPD), an…

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Watch Where You Step

12.16.13 by Daniel McClain

PPE – Personal Protective Equipment. These small items are there to protect you, typically from making some careless decisions.  I, unfortunately, have gone through more…

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Positively Stable

12.09.13 by Ken Basden

If a structural system includes an unstable element, a sudden (and possibly catastrophic) failure will eventually occur. In addition to safely resisting the applied gravity…

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Be Aware of Your Surroundings

11.25.13 by Sam Ray

I have the privilege, together with my wife, of raising three daughters. They are usually eager to learn, and they also like to teach. Yes,…

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Fulfilling A Dream

11.18.13 by Ron Isley

Over 30 years ago, a man named Allen Sappington was called to be a missionary to the Kuna, a people indigenous to Panama and Colombia….

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What is an Architectural Engineer?

11.04.13 by Kenna Chapin

This is a discussion that I have had several times with relatives, friends and other engineers as a graduate of the Architectural Engineering program at…

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Planning Ahead

08.26.13 by Matt Gebhardt

My wife and I do a small amount of gardening and one thing we always plant are some hot chili peppers. Varieties vary depending on…

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Shelters for Schools, It’s Time to Start the Conversation

07.08.13 by Kevin Bahner

Growing up in Oklahoma City, you just get used to springtime weather warnings. Local news stations preempt your favorite shows or sporting events to shout…

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Pay It Forward

07.01.13 by Dan Mazzei

I sincerely appreciate working for a company whose culture encourages employees to give back to the community. Most have done more than I, but to…

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Get A Hobby!

06.26.13 by Win Rice

Structural engineering requires a broad skill set in order to be well rounded and deliver successful projects. We have to visualize projects mentally in three…

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Analysis of Thin Plate Metals Under Uniform Loading with Large Deflections, Structural Pookie, Metal Panel Voodoo and Ozark Engineering

06.17.13 by Steve Huey

Many of you know that in addition to our “regular” engineering we also work on building “skins” for lack of a better term, mostly in…

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Old Meets New

06.11.13 by David Zuk

Many challenges face the Structural Engineer when designing a new building that will be an addition to an existing building designed and constructed in a…

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Structure Expressed

05.20.13 by Andrew Kern

I was a young student of architecture at the University of Illinois when I took my first structures course: statics and dynamics. This was my…

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Hammer Away

05.15.13 by Max Lehman

While there have been many experiences that have shaped me as an engineer, I believe that the ones that have benefited me the most have…

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Raising the Bar…

04.22.13 by Sarah Appleton

The first and foremost responsibility of any engineering professional is to hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public.  As a structural engineer…

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