Google Drive: A Quick Design Tool

Since now a days everyone is using smart phones therefore it always attracts me to do something creative for field of structural engineering. Lots of time to I thought about writing an App but for that I need to learn the programming language, and time is the biggest hurdle for that. Also there are few apps which are available for Apple IPhone and Android Phones, but all of them are charging almost $10 and most of them are not very good.

So here is what I suggest; Install Google Drive on your smart phone and create a spreadsheet with simple formulas, keep it in “Design Help” folder and use it when needed for quick check.

One thing which I would like to mention is that Google drive files can be accessed offline. So in case you don’t have wireless connection or limited data package, the google drive files can still be accessed.

Comments if you have any other suggestion!!!!

If you are interested in downloading the spreadsheet then check out the following link:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AtbptsVonB5IdElOc21NQTNMNWdreDhiQUNhVkJaX0E&usp=sharing

Google Drive Main

Google Drive Photo 2

Spreadsheet

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Earthquake Load Calculation (base Shear method)

The 3-story standard office building is located in Los Angeles situated on stiff soil. The structure of the building is steel special moment frame. All moment-resisting frames are located at the perimeter of the building. Determine the earthquake force on each story in North-South direction.

Click the following link for detailed calculation.

Earthquake+Load+Calculation