Construction

What do water striders and concrete cracking have in common?

What do water striders and concrete cracking have in common?

Why does the surface of the water in a glass curl up at the edges and form a meniscus? The truth is, the water wants to escape but is held back by gravity. In a small diameter glass tube, the water will rise much higher because there is less water and gravity does not exert such an influence. The water has little attraction to the air above it and the effect is known as capillary attraction. [rml_... »

Why do we drill concrete cores?

Why do we drill concrete cores?

Assessment of concrete strength has traditionally been done by making and crushing of concrete cubes. This test gives little information regarding the strength of the concrete in the structure never specified. The strength specified on a drawing or a [rml_read_more] project specification is a cube strength which cannot consider any poor workmanship by the contractor, e.g. poor compaction, loss of ... »

Rationalisation and Standardisation is key to unlocking digital transformation in Construction

Rationalisation and Standardisation is key to unlocking digital transformation in Construction

The construction industry has much to gain from implementing standards, whether in processes, data management, or methodology. System and software standardisation not only minimizes costs, but it also reduces the need for specialised expertise to support the »

Opinion: Why Can’t the US Pave Roads as Well as Europe?

Opinion: Why Can’t the US Pave Roads as Well as Europe?

A conversation I had while I was out purchasing new appliances led me to this blog. The person whom I was speaking with, after finding out that I write about the construction industry, mentioned he had heard the Autobahn in Germany has never been repaved. I had not heard that before, so I set out to do some research. »

Is an Electronic Signature Legally Binding?

Is an Electronic Signature Legally Binding?

The infrastructure industry is ever evolving and reinventing itself with the rise of technology. The commercial environment has shifted into a new digital era. This digital era demands instant results. Role-players in the construction sector are often expected to conclude contracts and orders from a ‘mobile’ office via e-mail. »