Structural Engineering in the News: 15 June 2019

Google sends me a weekly alert for the term structural engineer. Here’s my take on the term “structural engineer” in the news this week.

I have to say, I’m not super-proud of the number of collapses, evacuations and problems relating to structural engineering this week.

Not a very good sign.

One or two nicer articles gave us some light but in general, I think the message this week is quality structural engineering might cost more up front but it really is worth it.

Nothing against younger engineers coming through the ranks but it has to be under the direct supervision of an experienced, qualified engineer and the it has to be the same line of work as the supervising engineer has experience in .

There is absolutely no use in being supervised by a civil engineer if you are doing structural engineering unless that civil engineer has already specialised in structural engineering.

We’re hoping for better news next week.

Have a great week. Matt Cornell

These are the news articles Alerts that Google sent me this week.

https://www.readingeagle.com/business-weekly/article/structural-engineering-is-foundation-we-build-on

https://www.smh.com.au/sydney-news/mascot-residents-evacuated-after-identifiable-movements-in-the-basement-area-20190614-p51xwt.html

https://abcnews.go.com/US/engineers-failed-recognize-danger-fiu-bridge-inspection-hours/story?id=63657158

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-06-15/mascot-towers-sydney-evacuation-what-we-know-about-cracks/11213664

https://thewest.com.au/news/perth/no-concrete-answer-for-perth-cbd-bridge-collapse-ng-b881227374z

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-merseyside-48554318

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/113453883/nz-transport-agency-evacuates-quakeprone-palmerston-north-building

https://www.dundalkdemocrat.ie/news/home/423564/job-alert-civil-and-structural-engineering-staff-at-mcardle-doyle-in-dundalk.html

https://www.constructiondive.com/news/osha-places-blame-for-fiu-bridge-collapse-on-engineer-contractors/556798/

Waffle Slab Inspection With Engineer’s Commentry

G’day. This is Matt Cornell from Cornell Engineers. This is a waffle slab inspection that we did a little while ago and I wanted to go through and put some words to it to let you know what we’re looking at during this inspection.

So here we go coming in from the front I’ll just pause it there and explain some of these things.

The white things that you can see are the polystyrene waffle pods. They are the voids in this soon to be poured concrete waffle slab. The waffle pods are about a one metre x one metre squares. They’re sort of semi- hollow underneath. They’re not solid polystyrene but on top they’re solid. The space between waffle pods is about 110mm wide.

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