Pipe Bracing

Solarworld

As part of infrastructure improvements for the facility, Miller Consulting Engineers, Inc. provided structural design services for the Solarworld facility.  This high tech manufacturing facility was originally owned by Komatsu Silicon America, and was acquired by Solarworld in 2007.  As a result of this acquisition, Solarworld was in the process of retooling the facility for photovoltaic manufacturing. 

Miller Consulting Engineers provided structural engineering services for the contractor on this project to provide value engineering and problem solving to key areas of the pipe support and equipment anchorage.

Innovative, economical bracing systems were utilized in order to accommodate the existing conditions of the facility.  Miller Consulting Engineers, Inc. visited the site, inventoried and identified the key piping and equipment requiring seismic bracing.  For this project our staff members worked closely with the contractor to provide customized structural details that were generated to ensure the ease of installation.


For this project Miller Consulting Engineers worked as a subcontractor to Kinetic Systems.  For more information about Solarworld USA and their products, their web site can be found at solarworld-usa.com

Lane Jobe, PE, SE

Position:

  • Principal

 Education:

  • BSCE, Portland State University

Experience:

  • Practicing Structural Engineer since 1996
  • Registered Structural Engineer in Oregon, California, Idaho, Hawaii and Washington
  • Registered Professional Engineer in Montana

 Specialties:

  • Residential, Commercial, and Industrial Structures (vertical and lateral analysis)
  • Light Gage Steel Structural and Aluminum Design
  • Building Cladding and Component Design
  • Equipment Anchorage and Rooftop Mechanical Support and Anchorage
  • Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit Design
  • School/Church Upgrades 
  • Masonry Structures
  • Temporary Shoring Design
  • Structural Repairs
  • Site Investigations
  • Hydronic System - Seismic Pipe Bracing and Thermal Restraints
  • Design of Dynamic Message Sign and Traffic Intersection Concrete Pole Foundations

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Steel Framing Alliance (SFA) 
  • Structural Engineers Association of Oregon (SEAO)
  • The Masonry Society (TMS) 

Presentations:

  • Oregon Fire Protection, Seismic Bracing of Pipes and other Non-structural Hazards, December 2005
  • Oregon American Concrete Institute, (OACI) presentation on Masonry Tall Slender Walls, June 2002

Professional Development:

  • ATC-20 Procedures for Post Earthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings, (SEAO)
  • Structural Masonry Design Webinar, Columns, Out-of-Plane Walls, Quality Assurance, Rebar Detailing (NW Concrete Masonry Association)
  • AISC Seismic Design-Updates and Resources for the 21st Century
  • SEAW Refresher Course for Seismic Codes
  • AISC Seismic Evaluation and Rehabilitation of Buildings

 


Mr. Jobe is a Principal Structural Engineer of Miller Consulting Engineers, Inc. and has been involved with structural design since 1996. Lane is experienced with a wide variety of materials including wood, masonry, concrete, steel, light-gage steel and aluminum. He has been involved with a variety of projects including design of steel moment frames for industrial buildings, historic building retrofits, seismic roof upgrades for metro-area school structures, structural evaluations and investigations that require existing building analysis and retrofits through recognized standards such as FEMA 178 and ASCE-31.  Lane has been involved with establishing guidelines for the special inspection requirements used throughout the state of Oregon with SEAO. He assisted The Masonry Society perform structural engineering trial designs with the goal to help improve building codes and standards. Lane assisted with trial designs for the Direct Design Handbook for Masonry Structures (TMS 403-10), a masonry design standard that helps designers on a more prescriptive basis.


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