Posts Categorized: James Thomas Engineering

The Daily Responsibilities of a Structural Engineer

In the past, we’ve talked about what a structural engineer does while on the job and why you need one, but we know that a lot of people are bound to have questions about what it is we do just on a day-to-day basis. Structural engineering is much more than just the exciting building aspects… Read more »

What a Success!

So the James Thomas Engineering Rigging Experience came to a close over the weekend and on behalf of our company, I’d like to thank everyone who came out and made this event such a success. We all had a great time ourselves and we sincerely hope that the rest of our engineering friends and colleagues… Read more »

How James Thomas Engineering Got its Start

Anyone who is familiar with our company knows that we’ve called the Knoxville area home for quite a long time now – but our roots are dug a little deeper than that. In fact, production began thousands of miles away in Bishampton England during 1977. It took a lot of dedication and hard work to… Read more »

ETCP Certification and Renewals

Previously, we had mentioned that while attending the James Thomas Engineering Rigging Experience next week, fifty to one-hundred percent of the time you spend will go towards Entertainment Technician Certification Program, or ETCP, renewal credits. However, what exactly is this program all about? According to the official website, ETCP “focuses on disciplines that directly affect… Read more »

The Big Event is Just Around the Corner!

Have you packed your things and hit the road yet? The James Thomas Engineering Rigging Experience is next week and we hope you’re just as excited as we are! The big event will take place from Tuesday, February 26 to Saturday, March 2, 2013 at the Holiday Inn Worlds Fair Park in Knoxville, TN and… Read more »

The Difference Between a Structural Engineer and an Architect

There are a couple of reasons why some individuals have a hard time differentiating between structural engineers and architects. For one, when you look at the job description for each, they can sound a bit similar and for two, you can often see them working side by side on a variety of projects. But alas,… Read more »

What Lego Blocks Can Teach Us About Structural Engineering

Nine times out of ten, if you mention Lego blocks to anyone, they won’t be able to help themselves from picturing children linking various colored blocks together on the living room floor. We don’t even think about the fact that subconsciously, they are mentally configuring the best way to use the building blocks to build… Read more »

Take your Project to the Next Level with a Custom Design

While our company does offer a great selection of trusses that have already been planned out and measured, our expertise goes well above and beyond the industry standard. If you come to us with a specific vision in mind, we’d be more than happy to sit down with you and discuss the specifics of what… Read more »

Top Graduate Schools for Structural Engineering

Last week, we mentioned that with the engineering industry on the rise, there is more of a need for talented individuals in the field. For those of you who have developed an interest in structural engineering and are looking to take your education a step further, we may have just a few great suggestions for… Read more »

Things are Looking Good for the Engineering Industry in 2013

Each time that we slide into a new year, predictions of how the next twelve months will pan out tend to pop up at every corner – especially in business. Experts from every industry under the sun pop their heads up and give us their two cents, and those in the engineering industry are no… Read more »

When Should you Contact a Structural Engineer?

When it comes to putting together the proper materials for any sort of truss system, there is an exceptional amount of planning and execution that goes into the whole process.  With this in mind, how do you know when it’s the right time to call your structural engineer and let him know that you are… Read more »

Do You Need a Stamped Structural Report, Regardless of Which State you take a Structure to?

When you do business throughout various regions of the country, you’ll find that each individual state has its own specifications when it comes to the stamping requirements of an engineer. However, it seems that when it comes to structural reports, the overall consensus is that there is very little wiggle room. For those who are… Read more »

When Do You Know That a Structural Engineer is Needed?

When you’re putting an event together, you have so many different things on your mind that constructing to a set code of standards may be the last thing you think of. Often times, outdoor events in particular require a report to prove that the standards have been met and that each structure is safe for… Read more »

What is a Wind Action Plan?

Having built quite a few structures for outdoor events, the professionals at James Thomas Engineering know how important good weather conditions can be for the success of an event. However, it is imperative that, when dealing with structures of this magnitude, you have certain procedures in place, in the off-chance that a storm comes barreling… Read more »

What is a Structural Engineer?

Simply put, a structural engineer is an individual who sets out to design public works that can withstand any of the forces that they may be exposed to.  Such structures could include, but are not limited to, bridges, buildings, stadiums or theatres. When it comes to the construction of any of the aforementioned, it is… Read more »