A New Home North of the Border

Posted on 27 June 2017 under Uncategorized | Comments Off

My move from the United States to Canada left me with a lot of mixed feelings. I was sad to move and leave behind all of my friends and family, but I was also happy that I would be getting a chance at a better life by having a better job. I was fearful of the unknown, afraid that no one would accept me, and unsure if I would be successful. I was moving into the 260 High Park condos, which was a little different from the small apartment that I used to have. It was a much needed upgrade, but I was worried about meeting my new neighbors.

As I unloaded my belonging from my truck and brought them up to my condo, I was greeted by one of my next door neighbors. He was just coming home from running a few errands and introduced himself to me. He helped me with my boxes and invited me in for a bit. I didn’t expect to warm up to my neighbors on the first day. I didn’t meet my other neighbors until later that day. I got to know them pretty well and forgot all about the fear and worry that I had when I first came to Canada.

Two days later, I had to go to work at my new job for the first time. I didn’t know what the work environment would be like at this particular location. The environment at my old job was pretty strict, and sometimes I even thought about quitting because of how tough it was, but I stuck it out, and it was a good thing I did. At my new job, the environment was a bit more relaxed. There was even a gym and a swimming pool for employees to use if they wanted.

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Using Complex Software to Compute Large Building Design Specifications

Posted on 25 June 2017 under Uncategorized | Comments Off

Have you ever considered the calculations that go into building a structure has 100 floors or more? Everything from the load on a specific column being altered because the building owner wants the cafeteria on the west side of the building instead of the north side of the building to whether it will withstand storm winds if another glass is chosen to be used needs to be continually figured out. Mathcad 15.0 helps me with these complex calculations. Simply moving one bathroom in an office can result in the phone systems needing to have massive cabling runs rerouted or the plumbing on the entire floor reconsidered.

I cannot imagine what the teams of architects and builders went through back when the calculations were all performed manually. Now I have access to powerful computer programs that will let me know if a sewer line that runs up to the 50th floor will support the volume of liquid if every toilet connected to it was flushed at the same time. I remember when a local city stadium was built close to where I live. Read the rest of this entry…

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