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Professional Development – Truss Design:  A Trick My Day Job Never Taught Me That GDI Did – Part 15

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So far, I have learned many things while working with GDI. The ins and outs of the software were addressed in great detail, which already would supply me with plenty to discuss in reference to what I’ve learned from GDI. Plenty of information was supplied in the files that were sent for Professional Development. The trick was putting all of the pieces to the puzzle together. Although there have been numerous areas where I have learned something new from GDI, when it comes to actual truss design there has been more than a trick or two passed my way.

It may sound trite, but the fact is that everything boils down to having a solid foundation. When designing trusses, making sure that the layout is accurate is the key to having accurate engineering. If the layout is done improperly, it doesn’t matter if the trusses pass in engineering as they will still be wrong. Some habits that I have developed in truss design are to use a specific hip girder set-back. In reality what I have learned from GDI in this area of truss design is to be versatile. Different clients will have different preferences. A harmony must be achieved between what the plans indicate and what will make the client happy.

Throughout my time as a designer I have learned that attention to detail is extremely important. That being said, GDI has not only emphasized the extreme importance of the details, but also that the attention paid to the details is what governs the layout and ultimately sets the criteria for the job and the customer’s needs. Though this concept is not entirely a new one, I must admit that GDI’s approach to design criteria is unique. GDI goes above and beyond to make sure they know exactly what the client is looking for and then organizes the information and provides a cohesive document to the designers. This action is efficient and provides uniformity in design.

I am looking forward to learning more from GDI. I think that this company has a wealth of information and a number of different perspectives. Both of these attributes successfully combine to provide an ever-changing and growing work environment.

You can read Part 1 in this series here.

You can read Part 2 in this series here.

You can read Part 3 in this series here.

You can read Part 4 in this series here.

You can read Part 5 in this series here.

You can read Part 6 in this series here.

You can read Part 7 in this series here.

You can read Part 8 in this series here.

You can read Part 9 in this series here.

You can read Part 10 in this series here.

You can read Part 11 in this series here.

You can read Part 12 in this series here.

You can read Part 13 in this series here.

You can read Part 14 in this series here.

Stay tuned for Part 16.

Ashley Casey – Design Trainee

Gould Design, Inc.