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Elements® Floor Deck Tutorial

Elements® Version 2.1, released in March 2018. Floor Deck Design and Calculation Tutorial This tutorial takes you on a step-by-step process…

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Slab surface finishes & tolerances on metal decking

Expected tolerances It is important to understand the various surface finishes that can be achieved using metal decking, as these…

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Temporary Construction Loads on Composite Slabs

MEWP access and slab design Contractor’s regularly require access to the slab, with MEWPs or other work platforms before the…

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Openings in Structural Roof Decks

Rules and design considerations Openings are often required to be formed through structural roof decks.  Here are some basic rules…

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Pouring Composite Slabs

Deflections and loadings When pouring a composite slab on metal decking, the process in which it is created will cause…

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Composite Slab Cantilevers

Safety over performance Maximum slab cantilevers are not entirely based on the performance of the deck or slab.  The figures…

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Forming service holes in composite slabs

Openings Openings and service holes are regularly required through composite slabs to allow services to pass from floor to floor.  …

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Composite Slab Fire Design

Requirements There is much confusion regarding the Fire design of composite slabs, specifically relating to span conditions and reinforcement requirements….

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Elements® Version 2.0

The latest version of Elements® is available with an additional feature allowing calculations to be created for SMD roof deck profiles.   With…

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Durability

Considerations One important factor to consider when designing a composite floor using steel deck, is the environment the deck will be…

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The White Book – As Easy as 1, 2, 3!

Floor Deck Design Guide and Tables This ‘White Book’ has been developed as a quick reference tool to be used…

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In its Element!

2016.03 Following the launch of the rebranded version of SMD Elements 1.2, March saw the highest monthly number of downloads…

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