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The History of the Hard hat as it turns 100

The History of the Hard hat as it turns 100

It’s hard to think of construction workers without hard hats, but the ubiquitous headgear wasn’t always a staple on the jobsite. The course of construction changed in 1919 when the “Hard Boiled” hat was introduced. It was invented by E.W. Bullard, who based the design on the doughboy helmet he wore in World War I. When he returned from the war, he rejoined his family’s company, named Bullard for his father, Edward Dickinson Bullard, who founded the company in 1898 in San Francisco. Read moreYou must log in to read the rest of this article. Please log in or register to join our community.Username:Password:Log in  RegisterForgotten username or password? »

KZN Floods: What the Engineers have to say

KZN Floods: What the Engineers have to say

Residents in KwaZulu-Natal are still feeling the aftermath of the torrential floods. This follows unseasonable rain that hit the region earlier this week and resulted in severe damage to infrastructure and roads. Many residents have lost their homes and Government has instructed a task team to assist in the rebuilding of affected areas as well as in the provision of funds for these projects. “The issue which is faced in KZN, and around South Africa, is that funds for maintenance are competing against funds for new projects. New projects are politically supported as visible evidence of progress, while maintenance is invisible – until tragedy strikes. Likewise, the requirements of the Construc... »

3 reasons why the construction of the Empire State Building is special

3 reasons why the construction of the Empire State Building is special

The Empire State Building is a 102-story  Art Deco skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Designed by Shreve, Lamb & Harmon and completed in 1931, the building has a roof height of 1,250 feet (380 m) and stands a total of 1,454 feet (443.2 m) tall, including its antenna. Its name is derived from “Empire State”, the nickname of New York, which is of unknown origin. Here are 3 reasons why the construction of this iconic building was special It was built on a wooden frame Wood pilings support the Empire State Building, It was built with no detailed plan The tight completion schedule necessitated the commencement of construction even though the design had yet to be final... »

How IoT Can Improve Productivity and Safety on the Construction Site

How IoT Can Improve Productivity and Safety on the Construction Site

The Internet of Things (IoT) has incredible implications for the field of construction. It’s already proven its value in health care, manufacturing, transportation, and other industries where automation and systems management are critical. With its many applications, it has the potential to improve productivity and safety on jobsites. Project managers have a whole host of responsibilities that compete for their attention, and accounting for every last detail can prove challenging. It’s difficult to coordinate personnel, equipment, and materials to bring a build to completion, and it’s all too easy to make a mistake. Fortunately, IoT can help. Increased interconnectivity between devices and s... »

How construction has changed as an industry in the last decades

How construction has changed as an industry in the last decades

What surprises would today’s construction industry hold for a time-traveler arriving directly from 20 or 30 years ago? Talk to older generations of building professionals, and you’re likely to find that things we take for granted now would have seemed miraculous a few decades earlier. Much of this can be seen in new technology like construction management software and smart, labor-saving equipment. Yet this technology has also come about because of deeper changes in attitudes to work and in market demand.   Project Blueprint in Your Pocket Those big paper rolls of construction plans are so 1990s! Now can be made using software applications and downloaded into PCs and mobile computing de... »

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