Structures Tutorials

This always comes up in the practice questions, what is a needle beam and what are they used for? Basically, these are temporary beams, used to hold up a structure while structural work is being done.  These needle beams are often used to hold up a house/building/structure, while doing foundation work.  If you have to Read more

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A six week prep time example Overview Begin your six weeks by mastering the vignette and sorting flash cards. This will get you warmed up, and allow you to not worry about the vignette, because you’re going to need time to dedicate to structures formulas. Preparing for the vignette -Read the program slowly and thoroughly Read more

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Here you’ll find some common relationships with load, shear and moment diagrams to help you get a feel for how loads affect the “graphic output.”  This can help when solving problems, because it can give you a better idea of what to solve for and what is correct when you are working through problems.  Also Read more

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Information summarized from the Marinaro Document “ARE STRUCTURAL SYSTEMS 101” Pre-Test Outline created by Arch Exam Academy   Leading up to the Exam: Preparation There is the right way, the wrong way and the NCARB way. Before entering the test room decide what to use for span limits.  If you do not, you will waste  Read more

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For the connection in Example #2, what is the allowable load P if 1″ bolts conforming to ASTM A307 (common bolts) are used Read more

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Bearing type connection. Threads are Excluded. This is a double shear joint. Two 1/2″ plates are connected to a 3/4″ plate using (2) 1″ bolts conforming to ASTM A325 in a bearing-type connection, without threads from shear plane and standard round holes, as shown. The plates are ASTM A36 steel with a minimum tensile strength Read more

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Two 4″ nominal Douglas fir-larch members are connected by 7/8″ bolts as shown in the figure. What is the safe load P which can be resisted? Assume that the spacing, distances, and wood members are all adequate. This is a single shear joint Read more

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