Out of Sight, Out of Mind – Wastewater Tank Optimization

Out of Sight, Out of Mind – Wastewater Tank Optimization

A wastewater treatment company and long-term client, recently contracted J3 Engineering Group to optimize their large wastewater filtration tanks.

J3 was tasked with design optimization that involved two key components. The first involved using a client-provided model to perform a complete structural analysis of the tank. The bearing condition was modeled to realistically represent the permanent conditions that would be expected in the actual anchored and grouted base condition. The second involved optimizing the supporting legs of the tank for effective cost management. This analysis condition was created to properly envelope the stresses in the legs of the tank.

J3 not only met the client’s needs, but also developed new ways to improve the FEA process. The project is complete and will better serve the community by providing cleaner water for years to come.

Share Button
New Team Members

New Team Members

J3 has two new additions to our team – Mariano Bustos and Don Werdeo.

Don Werdeo is our Estimator and Expeditor, tasked with coordinating  incoming projects and proposals. This is a newly created position within our company, designed to improve project workflow. He is a recent graduate of UW-Stout with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Management, and also holds an associate degree in mechanical design from Lakeshore Technical College. Previously, he performed  estimating for a mechanical contractor, and project management for a custom seating and decor company. In addition, Don has experience as a detail draftsman and engineering technician.

Mariano Bustos has joined us as a precast drafter.  A recent graduate of UW-Milwaukee (BS Civil Engineering), he has experience using AutoCAD and Revit. He is a student member of ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers), SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers), and PCI (Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute). When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three children. He also loves biking in the summer and playing paintball. Mariano is looking forward to advancing his skills using AutoCAD and Revit as well as working on new and challenging projects.

Share Button
Fight for Air Climb 2017

Fight for Air Climb 2017

The American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb was held this past Saturday, March 18th in Milwaukee, WI. This fundraising event encourages participants to race to the top of some of the country’s tallest skyscrapers to support research, education, and patient programs to help the millions of Americans impacted by asthma, COPD, lung cancer, and lung disease.

Team members from J3 Engineering Group and their families participated in the climb again this year, making this our third consecutive climb. Each member of the group climbed a total of 47 floors, 1,034 steps, raising over $900 for lung research in the process. Our congratulations go out to everyone on their successful climb!

For more information on the Fight for Air Climb, Milwaukee visit: http://action.lung.org/site/TR?fr_id=14964&pg=entry

Share Button
Cool as a Cucumber – Curb Manufacturing

Cool as a Cucumber – Curb Manufacturing

A curb manufacturer, and repeat client, requested engineering services from J3 Engineering Group to review a new bracket design for air conditioning units. This design would tie down mechanical systems for a major grocery store retailer in the south.

Using spreadsheets and specialty software, engineering calculations were provided to verify the bracket and curb designs. Designs needed to be able to withstand both high wind and seismic events and use on multiple units. Special tie downs were engineered to secure each unit.

The design is currently being duplicated for repeated use. Each air conditioning unit held by J3 reviewed brackets can now be installed safely and securely.

Share Button
Central Avenue Parking Deck

Central Avenue Parking Deck

Ready to live a life of luxury in Charlotte, North Carolina? Apartments at modern, urban oasis One305 Central boast amenities such as a saltwater pool, hammock garden, yoga studio, pet spa, and coffee bar, to name just a few. Add an on-site parking deck and you’ve got it all, thanks to J3 Engineering Group.

J3 provided engineering and drafting services to build the centrally positioned parking deck, a location that is not only convenient, but allows residential units unobstructed views of the surrounding skyline. The parking deck consists of precast concrete wall panels, including architectural reveals, a central wall, and a shear wall. The massive, crash resistant panels were divided into multiple pieces and utilized special connectors to join the apportioned sections. Beams and pre-topped precast double tees were also engineered to create a stronger and thicker material for easier installation.

Additional considerations included integration of electrical and plumbing elements, along with designing to allow rainwater to drain properly. As always, accessibility is a must in modern developments. Engineering and drafting of the lower level of the parking deck took special consideration to ensure easy maneuverability of accessible vehicles, their operators, and passengers.

The residences at One305 Central are complete and ready for occupancy.

Resources:

http://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/blog/real_estate/2015/02/construction-starts-on-246-unit-apartment.html

http://www.one305central.com/one-305-central-charlotte-nc

Share Button
Careers at J3

Careers at J3

J3 Engineering Group is now hiring! Please email your resume to hr@j3engineers.com if you are interested. We have the following positions available:

Engineering


Drafting


Administrative

  • Estimator/Expediter
    • Coordinate incoming projects and proposals for the firm. This position also works heavily with all staff members to ensure project delivery. This position will report to the business manager of the firm and will work with our engineers and detailing staff on a daily basis.
  • Business Development Manager
    • Work with the existing staff to help coach them through our sales process as well as seek out and pursue new leads for all of our lines of business. The Business Development Manager will report directly to the CEO and COO of the company. Travel is required.
Share Button
ConExpo 2017

ConExpo 2017

Members of the J3 team will be attending ConExpo 2017 in Las Vegas, March 9th and 10th, 2017. The show features over 2,500 exhibitors and spans over 2,500,00 square feet. Every major construction industry is represented at this show where over 130,000 people attend. We are looking forward to the numerous networking opportunities and learning about new technology within the construction industry.

If you would like more information on our construction engineering services or would like to meet us at ConExpo, feel free to contact us.

Share Button
J3 Holiday & Anniversary Party 2017

J3 Holiday & Anniversary Party 2017

This month, J3 Engineering Group celebrated the holidays and five years of business with a trip to the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells. Employees and their families spent the weekend at the hotel and met Saturday night for pizza, drinks and bowling. The hotel included an indoor water park and theme park for guests to enjoy as well. In addition to bowling, everyone had a great time exploring the hotel, swimming, going down water slides, racing go-karts, playing laser tag, and sight-seeing around the area.

This was the first year J3 provided a hotel getaway for employees as a holiday party and it was a success. Everyone enjoyed the opportunity to get away for the weekend, relax, and escape the cold Wisconsin winter.

Share Button
Brooks Tractor

Brooks Tractor

Brooks Tractor, a manufacturer of cost effective equipment for the construction industry is expanding with a new facility in southeastern Wisconsin. This new 26,000 square foot facility will have a fully operational service department offering technical support for all makes and models of equipment.

Using architectural and structural designs, J3 Engineering Group’s experienced drafters and engineers designed the wall panel system and varying connections to tie the precast shell to the interior steel structure. J3 also offered engineering and design support to the general contractor during the erection phase of the project. The precast panels required large openings due to the large equipment Brooks Tractor offers its customers. To create the openings, two spandrel panels were stacked on top of each other and connections were designed to carry the weight of two panels instead of one.

J3 was readily available to respond to any production and field questions and the project went smoothly. The project is slated for completion at the end of the year.

Resources:
http://journaltimes.com/business/local/construction-equipment-dealership-planned/article_b081b74b-4896-5582-888a-78746f033400.html

http://www.mtpleasantwi.gov/2352/Current-Development-Projects

Share Button
Autodesk University 2016

Autodesk University 2016

Over 10,000 people attended Autodesk University Las Vegas a few weeks ago including select J3 employees. Our own Ali Shrih gave a presentation on the use of Robot Structural Analysis, Revit, and Dynamo for precast engineering. They took classes and listened to keynote speakers on where the industry is going and learned tips on improving work efficiency. One major theme this year was the Future of Making Things, which is a topic that our own Mark Huntoon has spoken on at past events.

As an added bonus, some of our representatives also visited Fabtech to see the latest in fabrication machinery and technology. Highlights included a 3D printed replica of a spacecraft, being served an ice cream cone from a robot, and a laser tube cutting technology.

This was a great opportunity for networking and meeting others in the industry. J3 members explored the world of 3D printing and scanning, new technology from Microsoft, Lenovo, Dell and HP including the Microsoft surface pro, surveying, digital measuring equipment, modeling in virtual reality, generative design, and cloud-based technology. If we did not get a chance to meet you, feel free to reach out to us as we would love to share our knowledge.

Share Button