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Data Sheet for Truss Case Studies
Gathering data to learn from precedent

Arch 324, Introduction to Structural Design, University of Virginia
Last updated Friday, April 5, 1996, at 4:36 PM Copyright © 1996, Kirk Martini

Find an example of a truss in the real world, either in an actual structure near Charlottesville, or in a book or other source. Do your best to determine the span and depth of the truss; this information may be listed in some books, or you may be able to pace off the distances for an actual structure, or estimate sizes based on handrails and other visual cues. Fill in the information on the truss in the form below and submit the information.

The information for the class will be compiled and discussed in lecture.

First Name:
Last Name:

Structural Material:
    Steel
    Timber
    Reinforced Concrete

Approximate Span: feet
Approximate Depth: feet
If the truss has a tapered profile, input its maximum depth.
Method of measurement:
    Visual Estimate
    Measured Estimate (e.g. pacing off)
    Documented dimensions (from text or drawings)

Span Condition:
    Simple
    Cantilever
    Continuous

Structure Location (city, state, or country as appropriate):

Information source (reference for book or journal, or direct observation):

Brief description of the structure to which the truss belongs:

Before submitting, please check the current list to make sure your truss is not already on it.

If the computer refuses to accept your data, please send me an e-mail message ( Martini@virginia.edu) identifying the specific computer that is giving you trouble.
Last updated Friday, April 5, 1996, at 4:36 PM
Copyright © 1996, Kirk Martini
Please send comments or questions to Martini@virginia.edu
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