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Forensic Engineering Expert Services: How Design and Expert Witness Reports Should Be Done

18 July 2019

Just like any other professionally commissioned service, Forensic Engineering work must be conducted by a well-versed expert. Erudite in manner, this enterprising individual applies a vocationally adept mindset. Now, arriving on site, perhaps after a nasty structural issue has been discovered, the real job begins. Charged with a weighty responsibility, the forensic engineer gathers data from all angles, including site bystanders. Critically, that data must then be objectively compiled. Data Gathering: Objectivity Above All Else If a technically flavoured debacle of some kind has arisen, the individual who gathers the different accounts and perspectives of the incident must contain facts […]

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How Important is Life Cycle Costing Assessment in Project Management?

04 July 2019

Life Cycle Costing Assessment is a tool used by engineering consultants to extrapolate the incurred costs of a chosen infrastructural system over all the phases of its working existence. Using LCCA estimates, an asset controlling officer makes acquisition choices, creates capital expenditure outlay tables, and analyses system operating expenses. In effect, this finance-savvy expert uses existing process behaviour patterns to project system life cycles. More Than a Spreadsheet Issue A project management strategy can be fuelled for quite some time by financial numbers. The costs of equipment, the interest rates incurred during the operational lifespan of an infrastructure branch, the […]

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Important Guidelines in Designing Water Reticulation Systems

19 June 2019

As noted in a previous post, water reticulation systems transport life-sustaining fluids to their destination. From a surface or underground reservoir to homes, water delivery networks are designed, constructed and maintained. Larger structures occupy the fluid distribution map, too. Then there are outlying network convergences, which include mines and quarries. What a complex system, with all of those branches thirsty for water. Clearly, this is not a design project for the uninitiated. Establishing the Fundamental Design Goals Where is this water distribution system located? What kind of nodes are mapped onto this infrastructural layer? If it’s a housing complex, at […]

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The Importance of Forensic Engineering in Cases of Building Failure Disputes

06 June 2019

As noted in a previous post, water reticulation systems transport life-sustaining fluids to their destination. From a surface or underground reservoir to homes, water delivery networks are designed, constructed and maintained. Larger structures occupy the fluid distribution map, too. Then there are outlying network convergences, which include mines and quarries. What a complex system, with all of those branches thirsty for water. Clearly, this is not a design project for the uninitiated. Establishing the Fundamental Design Goals Where is this water distribution system located? What kind of nodes are mapped onto this infrastructural layer? If it’s a housing complex, at […]

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Construction Design Brief and Cost Estimates: Why Should Clients Be Guided Accordingly?

17 May 2019

As relevant as any engineering skill, the communications stage of a construction project has to be conducted with great discretion. A construction design brief is composed and documented by a lead consultant. The clients’ project demands are slowly being translated into detailed drawings and design plans, complete with several cost estimates and material options. The problem is, what if the client can’t easily follow those technically oriented schematics? Composing the Construction Design Brief At day’s end, a technical consultancy service has to communicate their intents. If that means designing a single engineered solution to some customer-introduced structural problem, then that’s […]

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