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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In recent years, there has been a spotlight on preserving the environment when it comes to building new infrastructure and improving the outdated. The “Green Building” movement promotes the preservation of the natural environment on which new infrastructure is built for the overall benefit of the environment and its occupants. This environmentally conscious movement allows us to make the buildings we need to, while also considering the future and the disastrous impact the use of hazardous material will have on future generations and the amount of available resources.
To go green or to not go green...
It is no secret that humans have not been the kindest to the environment. It would be highly beneficial for us to do everything in our power to reduce our carbon footprint and use of resources.
Going green has no real cons
Other than a slight cost increase, there is nothing bad to be said about the construction industry working to improve the environment when building by reducing pollution, efficiently using resources such as energy and water and promoting the health of buildings for their communities.
What are your thoughts on this topic…? Is it time to go green or continue business as usual?
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.
It is said that , architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.
At BellMont we embody this ideal by applying our knowledge and expertise to heritage buildings to ensure that they are structurally and physically equip to meet the heritage listing they have been awarded. Take a moment and let us introduce you to our (Town) Hall of Fame with projects at Sydney Town Hall and Erskineville Town Hall.
Sydney Town Hall
In 2006, BellMont were approached by the City of Sydney to inspect the iconic and heritage listed, Sydney Town Hall Clock Tower, in particular the flag pole atop the establishment.
BellMonts initial inspection of the flagpole support structure uncovered signs of corrosion on the parallel flag channels (PFC) point of loading which was due to accumulated water in the base of the pole. BellMont advised the client to have the PFC repaired and restrengthened immediately.
In April, 2011, BellMont attended again to identify any structural concerns with the flagpoles support system. A simple push force revealed unwanted movement and misalignment that was due to inadequate tensioning of the bolt connection and wind loadings over time. To resolve these issues and prevent any future unwanted movement and loose fixings, BellMont recommended that the client retighten the bolts and apply Loctite structural adhesive.
With these recommendations applied the flag is now flying high atop the Sydney Town Hall Clock Tower with a stable structure to support it.
Erksineville Town Hall
From 2005-2012, BellMont Façade provided expert consulting services to the Inner West Council for Glebe Town Hall. The building was constructed in 1938 and has served as a community centre for the past eighty years. Over time, this building experienced significant deterioration and cracking that required our assistance.
Assessment of the site uncovered a number of severe issues on both the northern and eastern elevation brick walls of the establishment. Evidence of erosion and deterioration was evident throughout the building, compromising the structural integrity and interface of the walls and other elements of the structure. These defects, if left would pose threats to the safety of pedestrians and therefore required immediate attention.
To resolve these issues, our engineers recommended lintel replacements, removal and reinstatement of the toothed brickwork of the northern elevation and repointing of the northern wall. Along with these recommendations for the northern elevation, our engineers advised that the existing eastern brick wall be demolished and reconstructed with the installation of new brick ties.
The application of these expert solutions proved successful for our team and advantageous to the buildings health, bringing new life and stability to the site and safety assurance for visitors.