Landscape Architect & Specifier News

SEP 2018

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90 Landscape Architect and Specifier News I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 6 3 5 Wall Design Program Now Has 3D Version AB Walls, a trusted design tool for the segmental retaining wall industry, now can export 3D renderings for improved site visualization. The just released AB Walls-3D allows users to export their designs directly into SketchUp, providing an efficient way to configure them into a BIM format that many professions are asking for. All project details such as block, sections, elevations, geogrid layers and slopes are displayed so that users can review specifics like how the grid placement may or may not interact with obstructions. And by using the third party program, all the objects in the rendering can be 3D objects, not just the wall. The 3D modeling tool also works with the company's retaining wall app and soon with their courtyard app. There is no cost for the tool, and tutorials on its use are available through upcoming webinars. Free Best Practices Guide Updated As part of its Zero Failure initiative, the National Concrete Masonry Association recently revised its Segmental Retaining Walls: Best Practices Guide, which "is focused squarely on engineered applications of the flexible building system," and is available at no charge. The 64-page PDF features more than 20 technical drawings illustrating current SRW best engineering, design and installation practices. Chapters cover: pre-construction; SRW units and geosynthetic materials; soils and compaction; water management design; construction; geosynthetic reinforcement considerations; inspection and quality assurance; tall walls; global stability; terraced walls; water applications; seismic considerations; above wall considerations; and corners and radii. "NCMA, which represents the manufacturers of segmental retaining wall units, has put an enormous amount of time and effort into getting input from all segments of the industry for this Best Practices Guide," states Tim Bott, president of Allan Block and chairman of the association group that developed the guide. "Well-designed and installed segmental retaining walls are good for all involved -- from the unit manufacturers, to the designer, contractor and the customers." BIA Honors Creative Brick Design On July 24, the Brick Industry A s s o c i a t i o n honored creative use of fired-clay brick in design with the Brick in Architecture Awards. Any work of architecture or landscape architecture completed since January 1, 2013, in which new clay brick products comprised over 50 percent of the building or paving material used, was eligible for submission. Out of 88 total entries, 19 submissions received awards. A jury of independent design professionals chose the winners. Of the 19 designs awarded, only 5 were labeled as Best in Class. One such award was given to landscape architectural firm, Lee and Associates, Inc., of Washington D.C., for excellent design in paving and landscaping. To view a complete photo gallery of the winners, visit y8rtnya9 .

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