Sunday, 1 July 2018

Culvert Design

Currently we are designing a number of culverts that transverse down some steep banks and required special energy dissipators. An associate from another company put me onto the HEC14 documentation for the design of these.
In reviewing these documents I also found this very helpful series of training videos that refer to the HY-8 software that can be used to design culverts and outlet structures in accordance with HEC14.
1. Open-Channel flow concepts.
2. Grate Inlets
3. Culvert hydraulic concepts
4. Hydraulic effects of culvert liners
5. Aquatic organism passage design concepts
6. Energy dissipators for culverts
HY-8 Software download page
Also looking at designing some Hydraulic Dynamic Separators and follow some helpful information on this page.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Creating Blog Posts in Windows Live Writer and uploading with Open Live Writer to Blogger


It has almost been a year since I last posted something, the reasons being work has been very busy and Windows Live Writer that i use to write my posts stopped working with Blogger about November last year.

For I couple of posts i did use Open Live Writer which is an open source version of Windows Live Writer. However Open Live Writer does not support the apps that Windows Live Writer did yet and I really loved an app called Clipboard Live that yet you use shortcut keys to cut and paste images into your blog posts quickly.

Anyway to cut along story short last night after thinking it has been a long time between posts, I thought hey maybe I can still write my posts in Windows Live Writer save them as local drafts and then open the drafts in Open Live Writer and post them to my blogger account. So I gave it a try and it seems to work and will do for a work around until Open Live Writer gets app support.

Here is how you do it

Once you have written your post in Windows Live Writer save a draft as per the image below


Once the draft is saved browse to the My Webblog Post folder in your My Documents folder (some people set up links to have dropbox sync local draft folders which I may look into)


Open the draft in Open Writer and post to your blogger account.

To set Open Live Writer to be the default app to open the drafts browse to the exe found here.


Hope you find this work around helpful

Monday, 15 February 2016

New Shotover Canyon Swing Flying Fox Attraction

Last week as a team building exercise the guys from the office and myself went to check out the new flying fox that the strucutural guys have been working on.

Click the image below for a video of me hanging on for dear life and being launched across the Shotover Canyon 220m metres in the air with 15 metres of free fall and getting up to 70 km/hr.


Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Road Corridor with Central Median Islands

I have not posted anything much lately as “Windows Live Writer” as stopped working with the new security requirement of Google Blogger. So this is my first attempt at posting using “Open Live Writer”

I have been modelling a 2.5km road corridor lately with superelevation and a central island with turn bays. In order to model the turn bays correctly with the right crossfall and also the median islands I came across this video on youtube which was very helpful.

In my situation I also had a number of intersections that I modelled first in the corridor and then had to swap the primary through assemblies to assemblies that included the median island and set the appropriate targets for the island offset assemblies.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Corridor Feature Lines–Branching

Today I had a problem with a corridor and a transition of featurelines from an assembly with a median island to one without the island. The featurelines from the centre island kerb jump out to join the kerb at the outside of the assembly with no median island as shown below. xzwdudxq

To stop this under the featureline tab of the corridor properties you have to turn the branching to outwards. Thanks to my co-worker Stan for pointing this setting out.


Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Engineering Career advice site

One of the guys I follow on linkedin posted this website link the other day that I thought others in the engineering field may find interesting

Engineering career coach

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