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Most Commonly Used Joints in Concrete

In this post, we will cover the different types of construction joints used in concrete. By the end, you will understand why we need construction joints, the different types of joints you will have to use and the details of the joints. As a bonus, we will look at industry recommended guidelines.

3 Engineering Disasters with Powerful Lessons

This post will cover three different structural engineering disasters. These unfortunate incidents occur all to often. We as engineers need to learn about structural disasters and the failures that caused them to ensure that these occurrences never happen again. Sampoong Department Store Collapse On the 29th June 1995, Sampoong Department Store, Seoul, South Korea collapsed, 502 died and over 1440 people were injured.

What Is Concrete Mix Design?

Concrete is one of the most commonly used building material on Earth due to its cost and versatility, it is also good for the environment. So many different grades and admixtures are available, as an engineer it is easy to get caught out when site engineers and contractors start asking questions.

What is Shielding Gas?

Shielding gas or gas shielding is commonly used in certain welding techniques and can be both advantageous and a hindrance. It was invented by Bernard in 1954 (at least officially), however it has been around since before the second world war. In the years preceding 1954 it was patented by the National Cylinder Gas Company.

Calculate the Weight of Steel

The weight of steel is one of the most important metrics available for consumers, designers, project managers and well everyone. Steel is typically priced per tonne (1000kg) from a fabricator, therefore keeping the weight of steel to an absolute minimum with a safe design is key for a cost effective project.

Differental Types of Lintels

Lintels can come in plenty of different materials and are able to suit different spans and wall configurations. Do you know the different types of lintels available for the project you have going on? Knowing which lintel to use can save you both money and time. This post is going to cover the different types of lintels with a focus on concrete and steel lintels.

Concrete - The Basics

Concrete is one of the most commonly used building materials in the world. It is easy to source (material wise), gains strength quickly and can be quick for building purposes. It has exceptionally good properties and from a design point of view, it is very flexible. On top of that, it is also a composite material that consists of three different parts.

Types of Retaining Walls

Solutions come plentifully for retaining walls which is both good and bad! The type of retaining wall chosen for a project should be a decision took from someone with experience in the area, someone with a civil, structural or geotechnical background. By the end of this post you will know the different types of retaining walls, the advantages and pitfalls for each of the different types and some of the factors that come into play when during the decision process.

Different Types of Steel Connections

Connections in steel structures can be either, shear connections (simple connections) or moment connections. The name stems from the force that is transferred from one member to the next via the connection and therefore what the connection is required to resist. We are going to look at the different types of connections, both shear and moment resisting connections, and some details to show you what they look like.

Is The Wall Load Bearing?

Open floor plans are become more and more common in buildings since they create a lot more light and offer flexibility. This is the very opposite of when a lot of houses were built during the major construction booms after WWII. We are going to tell you all the secrets engineers use to determine if a wall is loading bearing without having to expose the wall or joists.

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