Failure of construction is an important subject for an owner or a builder, since it involves human life and money. Structural failure may be prevented by incorporation of a proper design and use of quality materials. Workmanship is also an important factor to ensure a proper structural construction.
Building Construction & Design
Civil engineers are primarily concerned with construction, whether it be of buidlings, highways, bridges, tunnels and other necessary structures. In this topic we delve into the matters of designing and constructing projects. Construction Engineering is closely related to Civil Engineering, but more focused on management of the construction site instead of just purely on design and building. Learn all you can about this important topic.
You’ll also learn about the tools, equipment and material needed for projects. Find out more on forklifts, jackhammers, drills, excavaters and much more. Learn the basics of the machinery and proper care to make sure everything is as safe as possible. Also read about how to choose the right material for the project: wood, plastic, stone, concrete, glass and much more. What is the best material to choose? What is the environmental impact of the chosen material? These are all questions the Civil Engineer needs to consider before designing a building.
Under SUDS requirements rainwater has to be held on site and discharged into the drainage system at a slow rate in order to prevent flooding downstream. This article explores methods of storing the rainwater within tanks on site, and allowing it to slowly drain away.
Drainage discharges from any hard surfacing where there are vehicles can be a problem to keep clean. This is done with the use of separators.
There is much talk at the moment about ozone layers and sustainable building practices, but very little help on how to design and build sustainable construction. This is the first in a series of articles to explore the options available and hopefully start some discussion.
While the least important structurally, sometimes the most important step in finishing a building construction project is the outer skin. These coverings, known as cloaks, claddings, and/or facades, can be a welcome sight when selected and applied correctly, or a dangerous eyesore otherwise.
Marble has been used since ancient times in sculpture and as a decorative construction material. It has been a symbol of beauty in the grand buildings built by emperors. Marble is used in both internal and external applications, and is available in several colors and shapes.
Construction techniques used today should focus on protecting the environment and decreasing pollution to slow down the impact of global warming on our environment. Green building techniques are helpful in maintaining a healthier society and surroundings.
If you have good civil engineering skills and entrepreneurial or business inclination, becoming an independent builder or contractor can be highly exciting and fruitful option for you. It requires lots of passion, motivation, determination and zeal to become a successful builder and contractor.