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  • Why Perform Full Scale Structure Tests?

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    July 14, 2017, by Anthony Hansen
    Sr. Professional Engineer | Valmont Utility

    There is no doubt that full scale structure testing has decreased in the last three decades. A major reason is that computing costs (in both time and money) have come down making analysis more financially attractive than physical testing. I would argue however, that some testing is beneficial, even necessary. Computation does not totally replace full scale structure testing because 1) Accepting the results of an analysis always comes down to a judgement and 2) Embedded in any analysis are assumptions that are impractical or impossible to mimic exactly in a model.

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  • Galvanizing: Protecting Steel for Centuries

    June 15, 2017, by Kevin Halstead
    VP Engineering | Valmont Coatings

    Hot dip galvanizing offers a long term corrosion protection solution for steel. In an atmosphere away from industrial pollution, with low humidity and low rain fall, it can protect steel for centuries. The process itself also dates back centuries. This is a brief summary of the history of galvanizing.

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  • The Four Core Values of Valmont: What Sets Valmont Utility Apart

    May 5, 2017, by Shelia Pickett
    Sr. HR Analyst | Valmont Utility

    At Valmont Utility, our people are what set us apart. Wherever in the world you find us, whatever our job role, you’ll find we are united by a shared belief in the Valmont Core Values and a passion to make a positive contribution to the success of not only ourselves but our coworkers, other members of Valmont Utility.

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  • We Stand on the Shoulders of Giants

    April 21, 2017, by Marty Kopplin
    Sr. Professional Engineer | Valmont Utility

    A question was recently asked of me: Think of someone that had a positive influence on you, someone that you would consider a leader. What are that person’s qualities?

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  • Reflections on the Beginnings of Prestressed Concrete Poles

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    January 11, 2017, by Dr. Fouad H. Fouad
    Professor | University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Although the concepts of pre-stressing have been around since the beginning of time, it was not until the twentieth century that pre-stressed concrete became a reality.

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