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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/

Cornell Engineers Anzac Day Thursday Morning Briefing

Hi. This is Matt Cornell from Cornell Engineers. This is Barlee Cornell from my place and this is the Cornell Engineers
Thursday morning briefing.

Today is Anzac Day. We’ve paused to pay our respects to
those who have fallen protecting our country we’d like to remember the Anzacs, Would like to remember those who’ve who’ve sacrificed their lives defending our country and our way of life and say thank you.

At Cornell Engineers this week we have had two engineers away next week and the next couple of weeks we’ve got two engineers away so we’ll be working hard to keep up with their projects and
just give us a call. We’re still happy to help. We still have plenty of engineers available.

Coming up on Monday I have a trip to central New South Wales. So just a quick reminder of that yes we do service New South Wales. I’m flying to Newcastle and flying out of Sydney. So a little bit of driving in between. A couple of inspections in between so yes we handle New South Wales and we do insurance inspections so if you are in need of those sorts of things let us know. Maybe we can help you out.

And the shout out today is to Barry from Indianapolis in the USA, which is unusual, but I just read an email from Barry this
morning. He was asking about frame construction, beg your pardon balloon construction which is lightweight timber construction “as light as a balloon” something a terminology that not we’re not really familiar with here in Australia but something that we are pretty familiar with as a as a way of construction which is lightweight timber construction. We’re doing it all the time and we actually do it pretty well so can’t really help you unfortunately Barry – a little bit too far out of our zone of capability but it’s great to
hear from you.

Thank you very much for sending – you set an inquiry on our
website and thank you to everyone who sends us inquiries on our website. Where we can help we certainly will and if we can’t we’ll do our best to refer you to someone who can.

So that’s it for today’s Thursday morning briefing. Hope you’ve
had a great week so far. Have a good weekend coming up and we’ll see you next Thursday.

Cornell Engineers THURSDAY MORNING BRIEFING 7 February 2019

Good morning everyone. I’m Matt Cornell, this is Barlee Cornell and this is the Cornell Engineers Thursday morning briefing for 7 February 2019.

Barlee’s Injury Cloud

Barlee’s under a bit of an injury cloud at the moment. She’s hurt her rear leg. We’re off to the vets this morning so I’m running a little bit late.

Continue reading Cornell Engineers THURSDAY MORNING BRIEFING 7 February 2019

Thank You Brent Turnbull

Cornell Engineers welcomed Mr Brent Turnbull, special counsel at McKays Solicitors, this morning for this week’s Friday morning training session.

Brent Turnbull is an experienced building and construction lawyer and he took time out his day this morning to discuss litigious and regulatory matters especially as they relate to signing of Form 15s and Form 16s.

Beware when signing Form 15 – you may be personally liable

We’d like to formally thank Brent for his time and recommend him to our construction industry friends and clients as an extremely knowledgeable solicitor with significant experience in drafting construction contracts, construction litigation and acting for (and against) architects and engineers.

Thank you Brent Turnbull and thank you McKays Solicitors! We learnt a lot today.