Construction

Contractual Responsibilities: The ‘Spirit of The Contract’

Contractual Responsibilities: The ‘Spirit of The Contract’

Ethics, professionalism and communication. These are the pillars of a successful project – especially when considering it’s all-important, and equally onerous, contract and terms. As in most industries, there’s a hierarchy of stakeholders involved in construction projects and egos can often impede doing the right thing; sadly, often at the expense of the communities who rely on the project t... »

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. »

Infrastructure Lessons from China

Infrastructure Lessons from China

For China, infrastructure has facilitated economic development, and vice-versa. What can Africa learn from the important role of infrastructure in China’s economic development? Yao Guimei, a researcher on Africa studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, shows how Chinese infrastructure reform has helped boost economic growth and helped it lift more than 800 million people out of poverty. ... »

How to Stabilise a Project in Distress

How to Stabilise a Project in Distress

After establishing new leadership and creating a recovery strategy, teams may take months to stabilise a large project in distress. Consider the case of a turnaround at a large refinery. The project leader had a detailed recovery plan that required extensive groundwork. One major goal involved restructuring the engineering, procurement, and construction-management teams, as well as the owner’s tea... »

Are You Ready for the 4th Industrial Revolution?

Are You Ready for the 4th Industrial Revolution?

The World Economic Forum has recognised that we are approaching the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR). Just like the previous three, the Fourth Industrial Revolution will mark a significant change in the way we work. »

In Conversation with Senior Structural Engineer Bridgette Kerst

In Conversation with Senior Structural Engineer Bridgette Kerst

The HardHat Professional talked with senior structural engineer Bridgette Kerst about her career trajectory and being a successful female civil engineer. THHP: Briefly tell us about your background, your current position, your responsibilities, and your qualifications. BK:  I am an Associate and Senior Structural Engineer in the Industrial Projects team at ARUP, where I manage multi-disciplinary p... »