Over the course of the years there have been a multitude of changes to every aspect of personal and professional lives due to technology, particularly since the development of computers. The reach of technology is seemingly endless in its scope and what it can accomplish, hindered only by the imaginations and determination of people.
The engineering and construction industry is no exception to this, with new ways to perform tasks, calculations, and simulations coming out all of the time. Almost every one of these changes are beneficial and have led to a wealth of new opportunities. Either making existing methods of practice faster and more cost effective, or opening up entirely new methods of approach.
That is why it’s important to stay informed and up-to-date with all of the latest technological developments, regardless of age, profession and location. So now we’d like to talk about a piece of new 3D printing technology that is being refined, and some of the benefits we see that it has the potential to offer.
3D printing technologies in themselves are not a particularly new idea. The ability to do so has been around for a few years now, but until recently the materials that you could print with were fairly limited and results have been widely varied in terms of their quality. However, for some time now there have been forays into designing and implementing new ways to print with a plethora of materials. Focusing not only on the type of materials used for the printing, but also the quality and consistency of the print.
One exciting example of this can be found in the impressive work done by a Dutch company by the name of MX3D, who have created the world’s first 3D printed steel bridge. Over the course of 6 months, with the help of 4 specially designed robots, and using approximately 1100km of steel wire; the company created an impressive otherworldly structure spanning a little over 12m in length, 6m wide and weighing 4,500kg. The excitement and wonder of the bridge they have constructed though, pales in comparison to the technology behind it.
Utilising and developing this and similar methods, could provide numerous benefits. Such as:
Although, in its current state there are a lot of obstacles to overcome, this bridge and other similar works are just a glimpse at some of what is to come. For more details on MX3D’s bridge, as well as some other projects they are working on, you can find it on their website.
As for us at BellMont, we’re looking forward to what the future holds and what opportunities are on our horizon.
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One of the many tasks we commonly undertake at BellMont Façade Engineering, is remedial and diagnostic inspections. You may be wondering ‘but what does that actually mean?’ In short, it is an in depth investigation on defects present within a building/site, where we will then consult on potential solutions to the problem. But there’s a bit more to the process then it would first seem. So we’d like to take this opportunity to let you know what you should expect when an engineer is inspecting.
Firstly, you should expect us to actually be there onsite, so it’s important to make sure that occupants are also available to provide access. It may seem like an obvious one, but it’s important to remember, that access arrangements are followed through on.
After we’re there, you can expect us to undertake our initial investigations of the building/site. This initial inspection will involve us assessing what potential defects are present. During this time we will be liaising with whomever is in charge, asking questions such as the buildings age, for structural drawings, when was it last inspected, etc. It’s important for an engineer to gather as much information about a building as they can, as this will allow for a comprehensive analysis of the situation, therefore leading to better directions on remediation.
After we have conducted our inspection of the project, we’ll return to our offices and look over our site notes, assess all of the data we have at our disposal and write an analytical report. This report will contain a detailed list of defects present, our opinions on the cause(s) of them, as well as suggested actions for remediating the identified issues. Some defects can be dangerous and need to be attended to before others, we will also mark these out clearly for clients to see, so they know what needs attention the quickest.
During our assessment of defects, we also have to determine not just a theoretical solution to the issues at hand, but one can be implemented practically and successfully. This involves us running simulations and calculations on wide number of potential materials to do the job. The results of these simulations and calculations will dictate the final solution, whereon a technical specification will be supplied as part of the solution.
During the construction phase of the project, we would also supervise the project with regular inspections, also reviewing and considering payment claims and variations from contractors.
At the end of a project, we will also issue a certificate of practical completion, assuming all work has been satisfactorily completed to specifications.
Some suggestions we have in order to be properly prepared, is to:
If you have need for an inspection to be performed, contact us and talk to BellMont Facade Engineering about how we can assist you.
With the construction industry and associated professions thriving. We want to delve into the skills that set a successful engineer apart from the crowd. An engineer who possess the following five skills has the power to turn any building situation around. Read on to find out more!
1. Excellent Communication skills
The number one skill civil engineers should possess is, excellent communication skills. Construction sites are one of the most dangerous work spaces, therefore an engineer should leave little room for error and miscommunication on site to ensure work progresses smoothly. Although the professional involves a lot of technical language, civil engineers should have the ability to communicate issues, ideas and plans clearly to not only a team of industry professionals but those unfamiliar with the field.
2. Attention to Detail
This is most certainly an important skill for an engineer to have when assessing defects and offering solutions. Engineers must ensure during inspection that they have a high level of attention to ensure all defects are identified and nothing is forgotten that could lead to a more problematic issue for the client later in the project.
3. Time Management/Organisational Skills
With the construction industry thriving at the moment, engineers are in demand, which means they must be organised and have amazing time management skills to ensure they can manage all the projects they are involved in while maintaining a high standard of work. In addition to this engineers should ensure that they keep up to date with projects, that the project is progressing well and most importantly that the client is satisfied with works thus far. Just remember, in construction, time is money and you don’t want to waste the clients’ money by being unorganised and way off the estimated time and budget for the project.
4. Critical thinking
Engineering involves a combination of maths and science to determine the best long term solution for a building with an issue. Engineers must use their critical thinking to solve the issue at hand while also remaining inside budget, a certain time period and with as minimal as risk as possible. To factor all these in for every single project and pull each project off successfully takes a special kind of person!
There may be constraints placed on an engineer during their time on a project whether it be time, money, space or condition of the building to name a few. Therefore, an engineer must be ready to offer alternatives ways to achieve what the client desires. This skill is a test of both creativity and flexibility for the engineer and how well they know their profession to find a way around the issue that is effective, sustainable and satisfactory. An engineer’s ability to be adaptable will also prove valuable when an unforeseen issue requires immediate action arises on site .
For quite some time now we Sydney-siders have noticed a rise in the amount of cranes popping up around our city , closely followed by the opening of impressive high rise apartments. However, it seems projects are shifting within the construction industry with the amount of residential projects experiencing a slow period. To counteract this decline, the industry is now experiencing an increase in commercial projects which has allowed the sector to continue to thrive.
In such a populated city such as Sydney there was a constant demand for more accommodation which prompted the creation of a mass amount of high rise apartments. However, this demand has shifted and is now for commercial spaces such as offices, retail properties and hotels. Now more than ever individuals and companies alike have the financial stability and entrepreneurial drive to invest into infrastructure and structural upgrades to further their business ventures, which not only reflects the strength of our economy at the moment, but creates a bright and stable future for the construction sector as a whole.
Whether it be a demand for residential or commercial projects, the construction sector is booming, meaning your friendly neighbourhood cranes are not going anywhere soon.