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Structural Design

The Lean Keen Structural Machine

FEA Analysis

As a young engineer, that’s what they called me. The lean, keen, structural machine! A skinny, nerdy young bloke, still wet behind the ears, that never understood the need for excessive design, or over-design, and saw it as incompetence. My designs attracted many questions from the drawing office and feelings…

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Powerline Footings – Got Geotech, Now What?

In our last post, you learned how important it was to get the right geotechnical data for footing design. There’s a few different types, and the type of ground will help determine the most economical design. Concrete pile footings are a favoured footing type for overhead powerline poles and towers….

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It’s a Fact – Concrete Cracks

Structural Crack

Should you be concerned when you see a crack in a concrete wall or slab? Well, that depends. There are two classifications of cracks in concrete – structural, and non-structural. You should be immediately concerned about a structural crack. And you should be concerned about durability with a non-structural crack….

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The What, Why, and Where of Tensegrity Structures

Tensegrity structures

Look at the image. Not a cursory glance, actually look at it. Doesn’t it look like the long chains are in compression? Clearly they’re not, and magic is unlikely the reason it’s structurally stable. I’m fascinated by structures (not surprising since I’ve been a practising structural engineer for over 30…

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