Difference between Short Column and long Column

Difference between long column and short column

Apart from the length as the obvious difference between a short column and a long column, other differences are there. So, today’s post is about short columns vs. long columns. Definition of column A column is a vertical element of a structure that transfers compressive loading. Designers provide it in all frame concrete structures. It … Read more

Compaction factor test for workability of concrete

Compaction Factor Test

The compaction factor test is done to check the workability of concrete, on the basis of weight ratio between partially compacted to fully compacted concrete. We can’t use the slump test for low workable concretes. Concretes we mostly use in mass dam structures or road pavements have significantly low values of slump. For all such … Read more

What is lean concrete? – Purpose – Uses – Mix Design

What is lean concrete

So, you’re wondering what is lean concrete? Well, concrete mix made from lean concrete is low in cement and high in aggregates. It is used for several purposes, such as blinding concrete under foundations and leveling pads below footings. We call lean concrete “not rich.” That’s because it is not rich in cement. Cement is … Read more

Lintel Beam – Design – Meaning – Construction – Types – is it necessary?

What is lintel beam

So, you’re wondering what a lintel beam is and why we provide it across the openings in a building.  Well, to your surprise, lintels are not new. You can even see lintel beams in buildings of primitive time, mainly in the form of arches. Designers provide these arches at the top of the opening for … Read more

Rapid Hardening Cement – Properties – Benefits – Uses

Rapid Hardening Cement

Rapid hardening cement is a particular type of cement that is used in exceptional cases of concrete pouring. As the name implies, rapid hardening cement needs the shortest time to set up and consolidate. It achieves higher strength on lesser days.  With such, it can attain seven days strength in only three days. You can … Read more

Digital Level Surveying – Advantages – Component – Types

Digital Level Surveying

In digital level surveying, we uses levels that uses electron beam to analyze a level staff at a distance. You can measure differences in height between two points or determine the height of objects or structures with digital surveying levels. While interpreting gradation markings on the staff level, these types of digital levels decreases the … Read more

Difference between compaction and consolidation

Difference between compaction and consolidation

So, you’re confused about difference between compaction and consolidation. Well, civil Engineers deal with these processes in geotechnical engineering and soil mechanics. Both consolidation and compaction is a way to reduce the volume of the soil but are quite different in some ways. Though both processes tend to improve the engineering properties of soil but … Read more

Specific Gravity of Cement – Definition – Test – Procedure

Specific Gravity of Cement

For most of the cements we use in construction has a specific gravity of cement ranging between 3.1 to 3.16 g/cc and a density of 1440 Kg/m3. But that doesn’t mean it stays same for all types of cement we have. Moreover, specific gravity itself is an important quality control parameter for cements while determining … Read more

Falsework – Types of Falsework – Applications – Components

Uses of Falsework

If you’re constructing a bridge, you will support the deck with a temporary structure until it can sustain. Wouldn’t you? That is what falsework is. Well, a temporary support to a permanent structure, material, or plant during construction is what we define as falsework. So, in today’s read I’ve skimmed through every bit of detail … Read more

Dog-Legged Staircase – What is Staircase – Advantages & Disadvantages

Dog-legged Staircase

With so many types of staircases, finding the right one seems overwhelming. Anyhow, we can relate hundreds of reasons why dog-legged staircase is the best pick for you, no matter what. So, in today’s read I’m going to reveal some of the hidden facts about the dog-legged staircase. Let’s get started: What is a staircase? … Read more