Oil and Chemical Spill Capture Systems: How This Technology Can Help the Environment

12 December 2018

Oils and chemicals play important roles. The cleverly formulated fluids lubricate machines and form countless artificially created substances. Even the plastics industry counts on hydrocarbons and complex compounds. Plainly essential, all of these fluids are safe when they’re contained. If they’re accidentally spilled, however, then all bets are off. Oil and chemical spills damage the environment, perhaps for years. And, if they’re toxic, the spill can endanger life and limb. Which Oils and Chemicals Cause Damage? Even vegetable oil spillages can cause environmental damage. Natural oils aren’t acutely toxic, obviously, but they coat bird feathers and choke waterways. Petroleum-based oils […]

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Civil Engineering Work: Inspection of Fuel and Oil Bund Storage Systems

22 November 2018

Some all-inclusive rules must be adhered to when civil engineers approach hydrocarbon bunding inspections. There are ignitable materials here, so no spark creating tools are permitted. A maintenance schedule is recommended here, considering the dangers that exist inside bunding areas. First things first, though. Before starting the hydrostatic tests and scheduled inspections, just what is bunding? Exploring a Bunding Facility Combustible fluids are stored in a fuel depot. Down the road apiece, an oil containment facility is operating similarly. Retaining walls and embankments surround the oil and fuel filled vessels. They’re there to contain environmentally harmful materials, should they escape […]

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Understanding the Purposes of Pavement Engineering

13 November 2018

Whether a street parking lot is being implemented as part of a citywide renovation plan or an airfield is expanding its light aircraft maintenance stand, these services can’t be properly effected unless there’s a pavement engineering expert on-hand. But what does this engineering professional do? Well, unlike roadways, pavements are expected to handle all kinds of static and dynamic loads. That’s something of a tough design challenge to crack. What Is A Pavement Network? Sidewalks in America, the narrow walkways are referred to as pavements in other English-speaking nations. Car parking surfaces are also called pavements, as are the populated […]

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How to Ensure Quality in Structural Stabilisation and Strengthening

26 October 2018

Happily, structural engineers are doing their job. Single-span architecture or multi-span framing is on the plans, and the contractors are making sure those drawings are followed to the letter. Technical services have another job in mind. Pulling back their focus, the professionally accredited engineers see the big picture. Structural stabilisation plans at the fore, every roof pitch issue, every soil condition problem and framing configuration, is weighed and assessed. Structural Stabilisation Strategies The study starts on the ground. Correction, it starts way below the ground. Is there an old buried quarry underneath the soil? Are subsidence issues and ground settling […]

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Suspended Concrete Slabs and Formwork Systems

11 October 2018

According to every engineering handbook, suspended concrete slabs are defined as flat, table-like surfaces, which have no direct physical connection to the ground. Included in the list of challenges faced by a consulting engineer here, there’s the formwork system to create, one that’ll support and buttress the concrete slabs as they’re installed inside a multi-storey structure. With all of the above having been said, where’s this “suspended” feature coming from? Viewing a Rudimentary Structural Drawing Engineers have drawn up a cross-sectional view of a structure, you know, for the casual architectural student to check out. On the ground, two elements […]

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