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  • Word-of-the-Month: Surcharge

    Surcharge A surcharge is a weight load which is placed on the surface of soil to cause lateral pressure. It is used to improve the weak compressible earth and provide a more sturdy, stable ground for construction. Some examples of a surcharge load include embankments, construction equipment, adjacent structures, and.. More

    1 May 2019 |
  • Word-of-the-Month: Sealant

    Sealant Sealant is a substance that helps to prevent the passage of air, dust, fluids, or other items through an opening or surface. They can vary in flexibility, strength, and permanence to meet any functionality. In order to accommodate structural and thermal changes, there are various types of sealants used.. More

    2 Apr 2019 |
  • Word-of-the-Month: Rebar

    Rebar Rebar, short for reinforcing bar, is a steel bar that is used to reinforce concrete. Concrete has strong compression strength, but weak tensile strength. The rebar is used as a tension device to increase the concrete’s tensile strength, providing more stability to a structure.  Fun Fact In the 18th.. More

    1 Mar 2019 |
  • Word-of-the-Month: Remediation

    Remediation Remediation is a technique used to remove contaminants from an environmental media (i.e. soil, water, sediment). Contaminants can negatively impact human health and the environment; therefore, the act of removing them stops the damage and revitalizes the project site.  Fun Fact There are over 60 different approaches that can.. More

    1 Feb 2019 |
  • Word-of-the-Month: Spandrel

    Spandrel A spandrel is the triangular space between the outermost part of an arch and the framework. Usually found in pairs, the architectural element can be found on arches, bridges, domes, and doorways. Ornate spandrels are most commonly found in grand architecture from the medieval period onwards and incorporate decorative.. More

    3 Jan 2019 |
  • Word-of-the-Month: Mock-up Room

    Mock-up Room A mock-up room is a single, full-sized model built within a multi-unit facility, such as a hotel or multi-family apartment building that is used as an example for the expanded team to review, adjust and utilize as a template for further construction. The prototype is meant to test.. More

    3 Dec 2018 |
  • Word-of-the-Month: Open Web Steel Joist

    Open Web Steel Joist An open web steel joist is a lightweight structural engineering element that provides direct support for roofing and flooring. The steel truss consists of parallel chords and a triangular web system that spans the length between bearing points. This helps the truss to transfer the weight.. More

    1 Nov 2018 |
  • Word-of-the-Month: Curtain Wall

    Curtain Wall Unlike a traditional wall, a curtain wall does not provide structural support to the roofing system of a building. It is mainly utilized to keep the weather out and the occupants in. Traditionally, a curtain wall is an architectural element of a building that is designed to span.. More

    1 Oct 2018 |
  • Word-of-the-Month: Nosing

    Nosing Nosing is the edge of a step or stair tread that projects beyond the riser and usually adds a rounded edge to the stair. It improves the safety of a staircase as it provides extra space to place your feet and, typically, additional traction. Fun Fact The National Safety.. More

    4 Sep 2018 |