Hydraulic Design of Dams: Some Basic Principles and Planning Guide

14 December 2018

While nature’s engineer, the humble beaver, shapes his own waterways, man has learned to construct artificial dams. It’s a fiercely amazing capacity we wield, one that needs to be used responsibly. Otherwise, we run the risk of causing permanent damage to our waterways and countryside. Again, working to construct a feasible hydraulic design is a weighty burden. The Basics of Dam Design Does the topography of a stated region support dam placement? Are there other services to add? Hydroelectric power is one option, so there would be a need for a turbine/generator structure. At night, as a city slept below […]

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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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