2018 has already proven a great year for the engineering industry, with projects in development left, right and centre. The engineering profession once thought to be struggling, is now thriving. This boom in construction projects has provided engineers with an endless amount of opportunity for work and with this increase in projects we have seen more room for improvement and innovation for the industry as a whole. Through this project influx, we have noticed a few trends emerging.
It’s no secret that our society has become obsessed with health, cleanliness and operating in an ethical way. This has left many within the industry not only opting to go green with their food choices, but with their buildings. Now more than ever, engineers and builders alike are finding ways to be resourceful and environmentally conscious, resulting in sustainable buildings and a healthier planet.
It appears civil engineers are jumping on the bandwagon when it comes to integrating technology into their practices. Over the years, technology has proven its worth to many other reputable industries and it seems engineers are finally dipping their toe into the innovative pool that is technology, through the use of drones, 3D printing and modelling, virtual reality, augmented reality and the development of “smart buildings”.
We have explored this topic before and it is no shock that we are currently experiencing a construction boom in New South Wales, which is a great thing for engineers. A few years back it was believed that the construction and engineering industries were experiencing a bit of a dry spell, but it seems that is well and truly no longer the case with new construction ventures popping up left and right, making now a better time than ever to invest and operate within this industry.
Common Building Defects
Enquiry after enquiry, inspection after inspection followed by spec after spec. These are the most common building defects our engineers have come across over seventeen years of business.
To learn more about these issues and how to identify them, you can head to the issues index of our site. Alternatively, if you think you’ve already identified these issues in your building and require our assistance, get in contact with us. We’d love to help get your building back in its best condition!
The WELL Building Standard
The WELL Building Standard is the first of its kind, introduced to the building and construction industry by the International WELL Building Institution in 2014. The standard created by the institution helps to promote health and wellness in buildings for the benefit of the community.
When certifying a building, features such as air, water, light, comfort, nourishment, fitness and mind are taken into consideration. If a building can meet a certain standard in these areas they will be awarded a WELL Certification, the highest certification available.
Recently, the International Towers in Barangaroo were awarded the WELL Certification, helping Australia to maintain their place at the forefront of healthy buildings worldwide. At the current time Australia has the third highest number of buildings certified worldwide, following the United States and China.
This certification is a step in a positive direction for the industry as it sets a certain standard for contractors and promotes sustainable living and efficiency with reward! Which will lead to a future of better buildings, safer environments and happy tenants.
To celebrate this truly hectic time of year, we have put together two of our crane-ziest stories of when cranes collide with unsuspecting buildings.
A few months ago we introduced you to the site at Wolli Creek that was undergoing repair work after the crane of a neighbouring building struck it. This month we will be updating you on that project and introducing you to a similar project at Chippendale. Read on to find out more!
Chippendale Way, Chippendale
A crane collision occurred at this site when the hook block of the crane on the neighbouring building site rotated and became positioned too close to the neighbouring building. In an effort to move the hook of the crane away from the building, the hook struck the western elevation façade several times.
The impact of the hook block resulted in various levels of damage to the glazing units and other building elements.BellMont have now investigated this damage and provided a specification report
With this project in its infancy, make sure you keep up to date with its progress! In the meantime, click the "read more" to view case studies just like this one!
Brodie Sparks Avenue, Wolli Creek
A few bulletins ago we introduced you to this site at Wolli Creek where a crane of a neighbouring building had crashed into the building causing serious damage to the facade and top levels of the building.
Since our last update, we have finalised the concrete hob repairs, cladded and sealed the parapet and waterproofed the roof. In addition to this, we have completed internal rectification work which upon completion allowed tenants to move back into their units for the remainder of the works.
After these works were finished, our engineers drew their attention to the damaged balustrades and garden area.