origin: starting the conversation

Getting Off the Bunny Slope

12.31.13 by Allison Taylor

The definition of a New Year’s resolution is a promise to do an act of self-improvement starting on New Year’s Day. Reflecting back on 2013,…

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A Global Experience

12.23.13 by Mondher Labbane

Very often in my dealings with clients, colleagues, or people I haven’t met before, I am asked where I am from. No one seems to…

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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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Top Ten Reasons I’m Thankful to be an Engineer at Wallace Engineering

12.02.13 by David Schoell

You can just imagine my delight to see the last Origin entry, ‘Be Aware of Your Surroundings’, expertly penned by our own Sam Ray, was…

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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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It’s Vintage.

11.11.13 by Doug Brown

In a recent Origin post by Ron Jantz, he writes about his career of 25 years at Wallace Engineering. He recounts his progression in responsibilities,…

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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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Structural Condition Assessments

10.29.13 by Justin Hartman

There are several issues that arise when modifying existing structures that differentiates these types of projects from ground-up design and construction. One such issue is…

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Play Ball!

10.22.13 by Scott Rodehaver

Wallace Engineering moved into the Brady Arts district in 2006 to a great historic 1920s brick warehouse. We had a small parking lot with additional…

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Do Your Due Diligence

10.14.13 by Darren Burns

Are you an impulse shopper? Can you buy something on a whim?  I can’t. I think it’s due to being an engineer. I question everything….

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What is a Lifer?

10.07.13 by Ron Jantz

lif·er ˈlīfər/ noun informal noun: lifer; plural noun: lifers 1. 
a person serving a life sentence in prison. 2. 
a person who spends their life in…

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Metamorphosis

10.01.13 by Lance Woolsey

It’s August in Oklahoma; hot, sticky and you still have the lawn mowing to look forward to this weekend. It can’t be helped, right? Well,…

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You Hit What You Look At

09.24.13 by Charley Wall

My best friend told me, “Just remember: you hit what you look at”…as he put me on a schizophrenic dirt bike that tried to kill…

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Planning Ahead for Your Children’s College Education

09.12.13 by Dena Dye

I am looking forward to December this year and not just because of the holidays, but this December will be the end to a decade…

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Embracing Responsibility

09.03.13 by Matt Schachle

Often times people ask for the opportunity to take on new/additional responsibility; whether that is a kid at home, an athlete on a sports team,…

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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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Green with Envy

08.20.13 by Lise Kifer

A while back I was perusing articles about the physical office spaces and campuses of “way out there” companies like Facebook, Apple, Google and Amazon. …

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Even the Rocks Will Cry Out…

08.12.13 by Pryce Joyner

“An architect should live as little in cities as a painter. Send him out to our hills, and let him study there what nature understands…

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Relocation.

08.06.13 by Doug Fredeen

After owning a business or being part of the ownership team of a business for over twenty years, the economy threw a curve ball and…

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A Common Thread In A Small Community

07.23.13 by Gene Phillips

Every so often I’m reminded of how fortunate I am to have a career, a workplace, and a team that allows me to play a…

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Walking the Line…

07.16.13 by Darcey Schumacher

Some people say “yes” to every opportunity and others pessimistically think it can’t be done. I used to be the person who said yes and…

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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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Overcome Fear and Declare Your Independence

07.03.13 by Brian Walker

July Fourth is a special day of celebration for me. Of course there are the obvious reasons for celebration that we all recognize.  But, for…

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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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Ciao Y’all…. Saddle Up!

05.28.13 by Jim Beach

In 2004-05 a group of local cyclists, business and community leaders began developing a vision for a locally created and owned event to put Tulsa…

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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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Working with Municipalities

05.09.13 by Coby Crowl

We serve several different types of clients, one being Municipalities. I want to focus on the municipal approach and one way we help them create…

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Wellness In The Workplace

04.30.13 by Tom Hendrick

Wellness.  We have all heard the term.  But do we really know what it means?  Why we should be interested in it? And how you…

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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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Getting Involved!

04.18.13 by Carrie Johnson

The most effective people I know don’t just sit back and complain about the status quo. They get involved and try to make a difference….

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