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Monday, July 4, 2016

Benefits of Concrete Construction

Concrete is regarded as one of the extensively utilized construction material on earth. In various developed countries, concrete construction includes 60% of the built environment. In addition to this, concrete has molded civilizations in ancient history encompassing ancient Egypt and the Roman Empire. In today’s competitive business environment; concrete construction is a vital part of the development process of concrete home construction and concrete building construction. In absence of concrete; building construction would fail to accommodate our modern and challenging lifestyles.

Concrete Construction

Benefits of Concrete Construction:

From cost perspective; the intrinsic properties of concrete building construction  including durability, leads to lower operational and maintenance costs which in turn leads to an enhanced value to the construction. It also accounts for financial savings that can be realized with help of concrete’s swift and harmless construction programme.

Concrete building construction either done through cast in-situ, precast or a combination of both, leads to elasticity in design and therefore is apt for the requisites of engineers, contractors, architects, and their clients. Concrete building services can be easily accommodated or modified in use, while surface finishes remain intact though unprotected &without any supplementary treatment.

The performance of concrete home construction is also exceptional in wide array of areas. Grander acoustic insulation, Vibration control, robustness, and fire resistance make it possible to effectively utilize concrete’s thermal mass to stock and release solar energy which leads to efficient heating and cooling operations.

All the benefits of Multi-Storey concrete building construction translate to structural wall systems for low-rise commercial buildings as well, including  rapid and safe construction, superior acoustic insulation, vibration control, energy efficiency & robustness, and durability-based whole-of-life value.

By effective utilization of concrete’s high mass, integrated with heat of  sun – or solar energy leads to comfortable living conditions with reduced dependency on space heating or cooling, and successfully reduced energy demands.

With a bare, well-insulated concrete element it is possible to have the capability to store, absorb and later radiate sun’s heat, off-setting temperature through troughs and peaks leading to a restrained living environment. There is also paramount importance given to acoustic insulation in residential settings. Game consoles and Stereos becoming common there is a requirement to separate sound between rooms and their external environment. 

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Adhering to Architectural, MEP and Structural CAD Drafting Standards

The ease of preparing – and the accuracy of Architectural, MEP and Structural Drafting has increased manifolds, as construction professionals have started using CAD technology.
However, high quality of structural drafting and detailing cannot be maintained until and unless the drafting engineers and detailers do not comply with the CAD drafting standards.

CAD software tools such as ArchiCAD, AutoCAD, etc, have made the task of preparing and accessing detailed drafts extremely easy, as compared to the traditional paper drawings in addition to making the task of adhering to the drafting standards easy, as well.
Once a CAD file is developed it should always be checked for quality and adherence to the drafting standards
Several people might work on a CAD file, and there are several updates done to it. So it is very important to check the files for violation periodically and to make sure that the standards are met.
For example, in a project where multiple sub contractors are involved, during the course of the project several new layers might get added to the file, and these may or may not comply with the defined standards.
In this case the non standard layers can be checked for non adherence and the problems can be fixed. To audit more than one drawing, batch standard check audits can also be done.
CAD tools often have notification features, where user can be alerted of a violation while working on a drawing. This makes it easier to maintain standards while preparing the draft.
Why should we adhere to the CAD drawing standards?
Adherence to CAD drawing standards ensures that a consistent level of quality and standard is maintained for all disciplines of CAD drafting. Additionally, the person who prepares these drafts, and all those who use it, gain a common understanding of the design based on set standards.
Sometimes deciphering the drawings that are not standardized is difficult for architects and engineers. By standardizing these drawings, the chances that any of the involved professionals misinterpret these drawings, gets eliminated, and hence the chances of further problems during implementation of these designs are also reduced.
So to avoid any misinterpretations and discord amongst the involved experts it is necessary that multidiscipline drafts are prepared keeping in mind, and adhering to the recognized CAD standards. When these drafts are error free and as per the necessary standards, it increases the efficiency of architects, engineers, fabricators and contractors using them and hence in-turn increases the project productivity.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Outsourcing Steel Detailing and Reporting for Efficient Project Execution

Successful execution of a construction project and streamlining its processes largely depends on the availability and accuracy of construction details, project order lists, material requirements etc. It also helps save a lot of time and money and enables quick adaption to the changing project requirements.

The onus of furnishing all these reports lies on your steel detailing service provider. This makes it extremely important for AEC firms to choose a service provider, with the right kind of detailing and reporting capabilities. 

Steel Detailing and Reporting

Organized Reporting:
One of the primary concerns in an AEC project is to establish effective communication across channels, hence avoid potential errors. This can be achieved via robust reporting; it can be used to address all the requests for information and also to quell the questions and objections raised by the client.

Robust reporting and steel detailing involves detailed listing for specific requirements for example: identification of material requirements and detailed listingfor communicating complete material billing. Further, it involves making requisite changes within reports,if designs are iterated or there are any changes in the project.These billing of material details can be broken down into individual components for detailed review and better management.

Quick data audit at macro and micro levels, and the able communication backed by effective reporting at every level, is pivotal in mitigating any confusions, misunderstandings and issues arising during construction.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Foundation Design for Structurally Sound Buildings

The foundation is undisputedly the most important – and a building’s structural integrity is directly proportional to the quality of foundation. In a recent article about structural design for a building, we mentioned how three points, i.e. safety, serviceability and restorability are indicators of a building’s performance. However a building cannot imbibe the above mentioned factors unless it has a well laid foundation.
Foundation Design for Buildings

Classic Case of Foundation Failure – The Leaning Tower of Pisa

The leaning tower of Pisa is a monumental structure, and ironically so because of the foundation failure which happened due to the instability of ground underneath. The 185 feet tall tower that was made to house the bells of a cathedral leans at an angle of five and a half degree southwards. Reason – before the foundation was laid, soil was not tested. The soil underneath was soft and had sand like texture, and compressible, and hence there was differential settlement, where the tower started leaning.
Due to such failures, soil engineering and site preparation has become one of the most integral parts of foundation engineering.

What factors are taken into account before laying foundation?

  • Type of Foundation:

    It is first important to decide what type of foundation design is suitable for the proposed building. For example – a building development project at a beach site or a hilly region requires raised foundation built on concrete or steel pilings. Besides, depending on the building design and structure, other raised foundation types where walls built of concrete, bricks, stone or concrete blocks with added piers underneath are also used as foundation for the building.
    Basement walls can also be erected to double up as a strong support and foundation for your structure. Concrete slab foundation is one of the common foundations used for buildings; however it is important to take a slump test for the concrete before and during the process of laying a foundation.
  • Soil Structure:

    The structure of the soil, at the place where a project is proposed to be built is an important element of scrutiny. Wet soil structure may require a lot of engineering to make it suitable for a foundation that will uphold the building.
    If the soil has a shifting nature, then it is not advisable to build high rise structures here. Soil compaction tests can help decide what kind of foundation needs to be designed for the particular project.
  • Foundation Footing:

    Footings or footers are commonly laid beneath the foundation. Top soil that is not suitable for a footing is removed and footings are added, usually 12 inches below the frost line. It is a common practice to pour concrete footing with depth equal to and width twice as the wall thickness.
    Some footing where loads are large, reinforcing is also a common practice. The footing is an enlarged base for the foundation that is designed so that the building load gets distributed over a larger area this restricts movement and settling after the building is built.
Building foundation – offers a base so that buildings can stand on the ground, secured to the base. The foundation must hence be built to carry the weight and load of the building across all conditions.


Friday, June 17, 2016

Why Adopt Precast Concrete Components for Structural Design?

Wide ranging materials like steel, timber, iron, bricks, stone etc are used for construction projects worldwide. However one of the most commonly used material across all structural engineering and design projects is concrete.
When it comes to building design solutions, only a few materials are as deeply etched as concrete – a material that is resistant to wind, water, rodents and insects. The material is also non combustible and long lasting, has extremely limited maintenance requirements and is easily moldable into any shape, size and form.
Concrete is often poured and casted onsite as a standard practice, however it can also be precast and then assembled on-site. While concrete as a material has wide ranging advantages, the benefits of pre-casting it are also far reaching.
The most significant advantage is that of time and cost. While some time and cost savings due to precast concrete solutions, are apparent, some cannot be factored so efficiently and often go unnoticed and undemonstrated.

The benefits of using precast concrete structural components are profound, these include:

  • Reduced clutter on site, as all the activities related to concrete pouring and casting are taken to the factory
  • In a factory set up, waste material is more likely to be recycled
  • Grey water is used to mix future materials
  • A well designed precast component results in smaller structural members, hence longer span and less material usage on site, thus leading to environmental and economic benefits
  • Reduced activity and reduced clutter on-site, hence raw material storage requirement reduces
  • The complexity of activity scheduling and manpower management lessens, hence construction can be carried out in a better and well planned manner

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Why Structural Design And Engineering Is An Indispensable Part Of A Construction Project?

A structural engineer designs, and inspects structures to ensure that they are able and outperform expectations. Today, structural engineering has become an important aspect of building design and construction. Why – because the very foundation of a strong and stable building depends on how the structural framework is designed.
The structural framework is the backbone of a building – it imparts the capability to withstand all types of forces, pressures and loading conditions it might face day to day or during instances of occasional wind storm and earthquakes.

Fundamental performance requirements for a structural design are Safety, Serviceability and Restorability.

  • Safety: It is one of the primary performance requirements. The structural design should ensure safety of life and property even during high loading conditions, and other adverse conditions like storms and earthquake.
  • Serviceability: The designed structure should aid high functionally against all types of foreseeable actions.
  • Restorability: In event of any damage, to the structure, it should be easy to restore it within reasonable cost and time constraints and be ready for use again.
In addition to buildings, structural engineers are also an integral part of the team designing a wide range of structures for bridges, oil rigs, ships, hospitals, office blocks, ships and aircraft. 

Monday, June 13, 2016

Using BIM for Building Structural Design That Endures Earthquakes

The development of a city is defined by the kind of buildings and infrastructure it has. Now these buildings and infrastructural facilities have to be designed based on the geographical, social and climatic conditions of the place they are built in. One of the most important aspects of building design includes development of structures that are safe, functional and restorable. This can be done by utilizing the capabilities of BIM – building information modeling for building structural design that endures adverse situations such as earthquakes.
If experts are to be believed; people residing in Indian subcontinent, Western and Central America (the Famous San Andreas Fault Line), Japan, New Zealand, other countries falling in the famous ring of fire, are sitting on a ticking time-bomb!
Aseismically active zone; these areas fall under High risk zones; where an earthquake as high as 9 on Richter scale can hit any time – 1905 San Francisco earthquake, 2001 Gujarat (India) earthquake, 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake (that caused massive tsunami) and the recent one in the Nepal testifies the fear expressed by seismologists! The scale of devastation caused by these disasters has been mammoth; human and property casualties were sky-high!
In such a scenario, it becomes imperative to adopt virtual design and construction technology, which can help us design structures with a strong physical environment (Earthquake resistant structures) that cushion us from the devastating effects on life and property.
You may say that before the advent of BIM, there were structures built and they were earthquake resistant. So why do we need Building information modeling? The point to be noted here is that while earlier cities were growing horizontally, today we see them developing vertically. With high-rises, skyscrapers and highly complex structures it is very important to adopt technology such as BIM.

Thanks to advanced technology support like BIM, and seismic BIM in particular, it is possible to erect towering structures and skyscrapers that can stand tall and steady when disaster such as storm, earthquake, hurricane, flood etc strikes. The increased interest in seismic BIM, in fact is paving ways and means to not just build new robust structures but also to but also to restore and brace up crumbling structures to endure natural disasters.