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Tips and tricks for building in Queensland.

Why do Industrial Concrete Pavements Crack

Why do industrial concrete pavements cracks and degrade? Join our StructuralWhyFile to find out how to improve your chances of a top quality industrial concrete slab in Australia.

How thick is an Industrial Concrete Slab

There is not a standard slab thickness for industrial slabs. That is because the design of industrial pavements is very specific to each site.

For example an industrial slab that is traversed by 1000 heavily trucks each week might have a 250mm thick slab while an industrial pavement that only carries 10 medium weight trucks a day might be 125mm (5 inches) thick.

Industrial slabs are also made thicker if the ground under the slab is spongy and soft. Often the top 200mm to 300mm of soft soil is removed and replaced with compacted roadbase.

Roadbase is crushed rock (up to 20mm pieces) and crushed rock fragments of varying smaller sizes mixed together and compacted in carefully placed layers.

How thick is a Commercial Driveway Slab

A commercial driveway slab can be between 125mm (5″) thick and 250mm (10″) depending on the loads and the type of soil that the commercial driveway is built on,

Video Transcript

G’day. It’s Matt Cornell from Cornell Engineers. Today we’re going to have a quick look at an external concrete slab – a driveway slab – and have a look at some failures that are pretty common and I’ll give you a couple pointers on how to avoid them.

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3 Surprisingly Simple Ways to Only Hire Quality Engineering Consultants

Looking at the consulting engineering market right now, I see that there’s two qualities of engineering firms out there at the moment.

Too Cheap Engineering Consultants

There’s the way under-priced engineering consultant working for the big building companies.

They’re sending their technical work overseas and/or getting it done in the equivalent of engineering sweatshops right here in Australia. They’re cutting corners on their designs. They’re missing the mark on quality in exchange for way too cheap prices. They are missing or allowing serious issues to develop unchecked.

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Investigating Structural Damage

Mr Rob Hughes, semi-retired director of engineer consultancy heavy-weight Hughes, Beal & Wright, has forgotten more about investigating structural damage than many engineers will ever know.

So when Rob agreed to let Cornell Engineers share his guidelines for investigating structural damage, we were super-excited to take this opportunity to publish his truly exceptional insights.

Structural engineers, forensic engineers and up and coming engineers: please read on. Continue reading Investigating Structural Damage