Stemming from clients’ desire to assess project feasibility before putting pencil to paper, structural engineers at Fast + Epp have developed CONCEPT – a free iPhone app that allows architects and engineers to calculate member depths and browse project photos for inspiration.
Created in collaboration with app developers at Burnkit, the project was conceived by the firm’s internal ideas division, a group tasked with applying structural engineering concepts in other fields of endeavor.
CONCEPT’s depth calculator uses typical span-to-depth ratios for common steel, concrete, and wood members. The user simply indicates if the information they’re inputting is a roof or floor, with the internal calculator determining an approximate depth. Additional information is provided to qualify the load assumptions and tributary areas.
Essentially a structural engineer at your fingertips, users are able to share search and calculation results by emailing them to co-workers and clients for discussion prior to the first design charrette.
Created for architects, engineers, homebuilders, construction crews and interior designers alike, CONCEPT builds on Fast + Epp's goal to provide holistic and economical design solutions for iconic building projects worldwide.
Find out more: http://www.fastepp.com/index.php/en/concept-app