Canals and Revetment Works: What Makes This an Important Engineering Project?

28 April 2017

In olden days, before railways existed, long canals carried merchandise from small ports. Unfortunately, the slow-moving barges took days to carry their loads to faraway distribution warehouses. Today’s canals are tasked with a different but no less important role. The engineered waterways carry water over long distances, perhaps as a life-sustaining service for an irrigation system. Indeed, canals and revetment works are important engineering projects, but why exactly is this the case? A Fluid Infrastructure The Romans knew exactly how important water was as a life-giving resource. They used aqueducts to intelligently distribute this resource to every part of their […]

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Bioretention Systems: What are they?

11 April 2017

Many definitions of civil engineering work exist. Principally, this is a diverse discipline, a means of using the tools we have at hand to improve societal enclaves. We design and build amazing structures to accommodate these infrastructural alterations. Excitingly, the work also incorporates living and breathing systems, bio-assets that improve and extend those habitats. Built to blend seamlessly into a societal foundation, Bioretention systems represent a key example of this principle. What is a Bioretention System? Instead of fighting nature, supplanting its presence, civil engineers choose to work with our landscape. This choice is made because our local scenery isn’t […]

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Structural Engineering and Construction Support to Owner Builders

29 March 2017

Owner builders are keen-witted types. Indeed, we see them purchasing, improving, and reselling their properties so that they can turn a profit. Still, this mentality only gains momentum when a small housing project requires remodelling. How do we address the same issues when owner builders target a large-scale project, something that requires structural engineering and construction support? Employing a Professional Edge Quite simply, this singular approach requires building know-how. Sure, a residential home or small office, a property that’s perhaps two storeys tall, subscribes to this construction model. There’s one qualifier, though. An architect, a surveyor, even an engineer should […]

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Retro Fitting and Engineering Planning of Flood Prone Areas: FTS Goes Above and Beyond

22 March 2017

Flood prone areas make the news all the time. After a flood, despondent families are seen gazing at their damaged homes and water-soaked belongings. The muddy water is also a health risk. It mixes with sewage, which then creates a bacteria-infused muck. Let’s take a look at a proactive solution to this mess, a series of civil engineering techniques that Fairdinkum Technical Services (FTS) has shaped into a highly effective floodproofing solution. Retrofitted Site Drainage It’s the first logical step, the installation of an effective water drainage system. Flood prone areas generally build levees and below-ground storm drains as a […]

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Urban Stormwater Management and Guide to Sustainable Drainage Design

24 February 2017

An inverse relationship often acts as a system beneficial mechanism. In nature, negative feedback is found in the carbon cycle and in plant photosynthesis. Sometimes, though, such relationships can harm the systems they’re regulating. In terms of urban stormwater management strategies, infrastructural changes are guilty of this reaction. Simply put, urbanization projects are negatively impacting our drainage resources. Fortunately, intelligently implemented drainage networks can stem the tide, but can we keep this action sustainable? A Civil Engineering Balancing Act Expert consulting teams design elegant solutions that fit unique situations. The construction sites extend over rivers and mountains, cut into hillsides, […]

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