Voice your opinion in OSPE’s quarterly magazine


Did you know that OSPE’s magazine The Voice is available in print and online? If you are a student member, or you opted to get the e-version, you should be receiving an email with a link to the magazine every quarter. If you’ve opted for the print version, you should be getting a hard copy in the mail every quarter.

Have you seen our latest issue on innovation in aerospace? In the front section, we’ve asked all OSPE members to send in a Letter to the Editor for a chance to win a $100 VISA gift card.

We want to hear your comments, criticisms and ideas in relation to our articles, coverage, or any other topic you’d like to discuss. OSPE will then begin sharing Letters to the Editor in each edition of its magazine. So send us a letter and you’ll be entered into a draw to win a $100 VISA gift card. Letters to the Editor should be exclusive to the Voice, fewer than 200 words, and may be edited for length and clarity. Please include your name, address/email address and phone number.

Submit your letters via email to letters@ospe.on.ca or mail to the OSPE office at 4950 Yonge Street, Suite 502, Toronto, Ontario, M2N 6K1.

We look forward to hearing from you!

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. John Ivanyi, Assoc Engr

    It is a simple fact that a three-dimensional hexagonal frame can out perform a post and beam two-dimensional frame, and in doing so can carry a soil laden roof that is environmentally friendly carrying various forms of life as well as providing wind and fire protection at a matching or lessor cost. All this and be architecturally superior at the same time, as well as increasing the density of conventiona housing while maintaining a simple relationship with mother nature.

    The engineering efficiency is simply expressed in tension and compression rings at varied elevations and radius acting in a manner related to the truss. The top ring in tension, the bottom ring in compression. The tension and compression being traded between the 120-degree corners of the hexagon limiting the size of the forces involved. The limited force in-turn limiting displacement wherein a soil laden roof can be carried with limited effort on the part of the total frame. The soil provides stability and therein limits the effects of adverse loading such as high winds or imbalanced point loads in tension and compression. The safety factor referring to compression loads given additional loads are marginal in contrast to that of the soil itself. The soil in turn being fire resistant

  2. John Ivanyi, Assoc Engr

    The second last sentence needs correction. The safety factor is high given the soils dead weight giving the building a relative longevity similar to that found in Stonehenge, the pyramids, or for that matter the Pantheon. The soil alongside the timber frame being in contrast, in providing a recyclable medium and therein continuity, The soil in turn providing the timber with a source of fire protection.

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