Civil/Structural Engineering | Capital Project Word of the Week - April 2021
4/11/2021
Word of the Week
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Robert Smith, P.E.
Civil/ Structural Department Manager

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Capital Project Word of the Week - Civil/Structural Engineering

Thank you for visiting our Capital Project Word of the Week website feature. Our theme this month is Civil/Structural Engineering. We hope this provides you with some meaningful information about our industry and the services we provide. Each week we will be adding a new Word of the Week to the page. Come back frequently to see our new additions!

Week of April 5, 2021

Moment

[ moh-muhnt ]

Moment is the measure of force that causes an item to want to rotate about a specific point or axis and is a term regularly used in the field of structural engineering.  The magnitude of the moment is affected by two variables, “Force” and “Moment Arm”.  To calculate the magnitude of a moment, you multiply a “Force” times its “Moment Arm”. In industrial designs, these types of forces are seen in almost every design. Moments need to be accounted for to assure we have designed and erected a safe structural system.

Moment = Force x Distance or M = (F)(d)

Example calculation: Pushing on a 2ft long wrench with 10lbs of force to turn a nut.

The Moment calculation for this example is shown below. Forthis example, you would say you are applying 20 foot-pounds of moment on thenut.

  • Moment = Force x Moment     Arm
  • Moment = 10lbs x 2ft
  • Moment = 20 ft-lbs

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About the Author
Robert has 17+ years of experience working in the upstream, midstream, and downstream oil and gas industry. Most of his experience has been on the downstream side acting as the Lead Civil/Structural Engineer on projects ranging in TIC from $10 million all the way up to $12 billion. His last assignment before joining H+M was an Engineering Manager role on a multi-billion dollar plant expansion in southwest Louisiana. His current responsibilities include maintaining departmental procedures, assurance of quality deliverables, maintaining proper staffing levels, as well as general oversight of the Civil/Structural Department.
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