New Software Program for Architects and Engineers
RedSpec, a new proprietary product sizing software from RedBuilt, has just been released and is available for free download on the company’s website at www.redbuilt.com. RedSpec is a user-friendly design program that allows engineers and architects to quickly and efficiently create floor and roof design specifications using Red-I Joists, RedBuilt Open-Web trusses, RedLam Laminated Veneer Lumber, glulam beams, and dimensional lumber for a variety of commercial and multi-family applications.
A central component of RedSpec is FloorChoice – RedBuilt’s proprietary floor performance rating system. FloorChoice allows a floor to be evaluated while still in the design phase, providing an easy to understand numerical rating system. The FloorChoice rating system is fully integrated into the RedSpec product sizing software.
The FloorChoice rating system quickly provides information on floor characteristics and qualities above and beyond code-prescribed strength and deflection limits. These subjective qualities often determine whether or not occupants will be satisfied with the floor, and FloorChoice allows these characteristics to be better understood while the project is still on the drawing board. Through RedSpec, users are able to identify an appropriate FloorChoice rating for their specific floor and application, taking into account considerations such as joist series, span, spacing and depth, sheathing thickness and more.
Another feature of RedSpec is its hanger selection capability. With the integration of the latest Simpson Strong-Tie database with the RedBuilt product design, it provides users with the most complete and current hanger selection options, even taking into consideration slopes, skews and optional nailing for uplift.
The new website is designed for architects, engineers, specifiers and contractors, and includes a full suite of tools, photos and information. It features a products section with detailed product specifications, construction application photos, answers to common questions, and available sizes and profiles for all of RedBuilt’s commercial and industrial products. It also includes profiles of recent projects, product literature downloads, AutoCAD Details and Revit Families download and more.
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Annual Salary Survey
In a year when manufacturing continued to lead the economic rebound, it makes sense that plant manager bonuses rebounded. Plant Engineering’s annual Salary Survey shows both wages and bonuses rose in 2012 after a retreat the year before.
Average salary across all job titles for plant floor management rose 3.5% to $95,446, and bonus compensation jumped to $15,162, a 4.2% increase from the 2010 level and double the 2011 total, which showed a sharp drop in bonus.