Structural Design

3D Printing – The future of construction

3D Printing - 3d printed ear

From printing replacement human body parts to assisting with running repairs on voyages to Mars, many predictions are being made for how 3D printing may soon improve the whole of humanity. Will 3D printing have a place in construction and mining? It already has. The future of construction is 3D printing….

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Bolts – Snug tight, TF, TB or not TB?

Bolt Tensioning

Bolts used in structural joints are designated by; Diameter Grade Tightening procedure. For example, an M20-8.8/S bolt is: 20 mm in diameter with a metric thread, the ultimate tensile strength is 800MPa and the yield strength is 640 MPa (8.8 translates to 8x100x0.8=640), and it is tightened to (s) “snug…

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Linear or Non-Linear? – That is the Question

Non-Linear Analysis flexible structures

All structural analysis software has at least two options when analysing the forces and displacement in a structure. Linear Analysis Non-LinearAnalysis Why is there a choice? If a structure needs non-linear, why provide linear? Does a structure really need non-linear analysis? Computers are fast – who uses linear analysis anyway?…

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Ok Tedi – A Mine In The Clouds

Since January 2018, we’ve been involved in an exciting project with our client GR Engineering Services. It’s been a mix of everything – severe earthquake loading (including an earthquake during design!), huge rainfalls, restricted access, tie-ins to structures that due to the highly corrosive nature of the site were in…

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Mentoring Great Future Engineers

Graduate Engineer

We’ve all learned a lot from mentors who were instrumental in shaping us during our early career and continue to do so. That has been one of my core values – to also reciprocate the same to young engineers that get the opportunity to work with us. So, a few…

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