Newsroom Posts Tagged: construction

  • Word-of-the-Month: Cone Laser

    Cone Laser A cone laser is used to create the precise curved slope of a baseball or softball outfield. To make uniformed slopes, the laser is set in the center of the infield to create a level reference along a circle that intersects with the bases and home plate. Beyond.. More

    1 Jul 2019 |
  • Word-of-the-Month: Ground-Penetrating Radar

    Ground-Penetrating Radar A ground-penetrating radar is a geophysical method that uses radar pulses to image the subsurface. This nondestructive testing method uses electromagnetic radiation to reflect signals from subsurface structures to detect concealed objects. It can be used to detect embedded objects through a variety of media including rock, soil,.. More

    3 Jun 2019 |
  • 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 |