The term digitalisation refers to the improving or transformation of a business’s operations through the use of technology and data, tools which can be used to benefit the business’s knowledge of the market and boost productivity.
In the last few years many sectors within the business world have undergone digital transformations in order to stay competitive and relevant. While the construction sector is said to be behind other sectors such as the music and communications industries, in terms of digitalisation, there is evidence to suggest the industry is beginning to explore the technological advancements available.
More than ever before, technology is playing a huge role in the success of a business, offering more effective ways to complete tasks and in turn changing the way business can be done. In recent years, the construction industry has been experimenting with technology and how it can be used to work more efficiently and effectively, through the use of technologies such as Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. Testing of these technologies within the construction sector has shown that they can be used for training purposes and as the perfect visual aid for project pitches.
While the digital transformation of the construction sector is inevitable, we are excited to see what the construction industry will look like with the integration of more technological components.
So here's a fun fact (ok perhaps I am using the word "Fun" a little loosely"): There are approximately 40 different types of engineering degrees which you can earn at University. However, truth is, this list of 40 types includes Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering and many other non building related disciplines.
However, the fact stands, there are many different types of engineering professions, so if you have not heard of a Façade engineer, or know little about the specialty, it is not too surprising.
It is for this reason that we've decided to shed some light on our profession and provide a list of Q&As to help you better understand Façade engineering and why it may be valuable to you.
What is the difference between a Façade Engineer and other Engineering disciplines?
Simply put, Façade Engineers earn their stripes - most usually - in the fields of structural or building mechanics with a focus on diagnostics and remediation techniques to rectify a broad range of problems.
Then, they hone a wider understanding and skill set in the science of cladding and specific repair methodologies.
Do Façade Engineers work on new or old buildings?
Whilst at Bellmont our speciality lies in the diagnostic and remediation to existing structures, Façade Engineers are qualified to provide advice on both existing (including heritage recognised buildings) and new buildings and may be involved in design, working alongside the architect, QS and structural and mechanical engineers.
Alternatively, they may be involved in surveying or diagnostic and remedial work. Some façade engineers are involved in research and testing.
What do Façade Engineers focus on?
The primary focus a Façade Engineer has the building’s external "envelope" and those elements which are above ground level. The elements which we focus on mostly include:
What value do Façade Engineers add?
Depending on the specific engineer or company you speak to the answer can vary greatly. However, in broad terms, a good façade engineer will offer you the following advantages:
What do we look for?
At the end of the day, our job is to ensure that your building is in optimal health. We look to analyse, diagnose and improve the external elements of a building. This covers a very broad remit:
If you would like any further information on Facade Engineering, you can read more about the profession at the Society of Facade Engineering site.
At close to 100 years old, and with a commanding view over Sydney's iconic Bondi Beach, this tired and dilapidated building façade required urgent remedial works.
Having recently managed the transformation of the neighbouring property, BELLMONT was engaged to assess, document and deliver the necessary structural and architectural improvements to this building façade.
Structural strengthening of the façade, roof parapet and roof beams was paramount to the building works, whilst also ensuring that the character and charm of the existing features were not compromised.
Preservation Technologies was enlisted as the remedial contractor working under BELLMONT’s direction.
Regular meetings with the Owner’s Corporation representative along with frequent inspections and updates to the Owners meant that the Owners were up to date with the works as they occurred and the structural significance of the works.
At project completion, the results speak for themselves; this one time jewel of Bondi Beach is again glistening in the sun.