CONSTRUCTION AND COST COMPARISON OF RECTANGULAR AND TRAPEZOIDAL ROADSIDE DRAINS

Cost is often a major determiner of decision-making on projects. Therefore, for all civil engineering works, it is required to know the probable cost of construction before project completion. This is known as the estimated cost, which comprises labours, materials, equipment, subcontractors, and other general overhead costs. In a previous article, determining the best hydraulicContinue reading “CONSTRUCTION AND COST COMPARISON OF RECTANGULAR AND TRAPEZOIDAL ROADSIDE DRAINS”

BEST HYDRAULIC CROSS-SECTION OF ROADSIDE DRAINS

Drains are one of the components of the drainage system of residential areas or public infrastructures. Drains are structures through which surface water flows away and, in many cases, are artificial. Furthermore, drains are essential in road construction as stormwater settling on constructed pavements can damage because unevaporated and undrained water seeps into the pavements.Continue reading “BEST HYDRAULIC CROSS-SECTION OF ROADSIDE DRAINS”

AXIAL LOAD DISTRIBUTION OF PILES UNDER ECCENTRIC VERTICAL LOAD

Every deep foundation project is unique. Most clients frown at soil test reports recommending pile foundations for their projects. Since there are a variety of pile types, professionals in the AEC industry should always assure their clients of the most economical pile type for their projects. Generally, pile foundations are used when suitable foundation conditionsContinue reading “AXIAL LOAD DISTRIBUTION OF PILES UNDER ECCENTRIC VERTICAL LOAD”

EFFECTS OF CONSTRUCTION PRACTICES ON INDOOR AIR QUALITY

🔺TEASER: Do you know that the exhaust from diesel construction equipment contains more than 40 toxic substances? Any diesel engines running on the site emit diesel particulate matter (DPM), exposing workers to soot particles containing metal, sulfates, and silicates. Why should we start paying attention to air quality in our indoor environment? U.S. Environmental ProtectionContinue reading “EFFECTS OF CONSTRUCTION PRACTICES ON INDOOR AIR QUALITY”

COST EFFECTIVE CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES AND MATERIALS FOR LOW COST HOUSING

🔺TEASER: There is this old wives’ tale about low cost housing, which believes that low cost housing is suitable for only substandard works and are constructed by making use of cheap building materials of low quality. Is this a truth or misconception?? Housing is universally considered as the second most important basic need of manContinue reading “COST EFFECTIVE CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES AND MATERIALS FOR LOW COST HOUSING”

THE DEGREE WAS NOT FREE

Dear young engineers, learn from your mistakes and TRY not to make them again. One of the mistakes most of us often make is doing jobs for free while hoping we would get the next job. Frankly, you have nothing to prove to anyone. And that you keep doing free jobs for people does notContinue reading “THE DEGREE WAS NOT FREE”

YOU ARE WHO YOU ARE

“I am who I am. Not who you think I am. Not who you want me to be. I am me.” Sometimes ago, my boss posted me to a construction site to supervise an ongoing construction work. At first, I was shocked on hearing about his decision because it was a huge project and IContinue reading “YOU ARE WHO YOU ARE”

THE WORLD OF INTERNSHIP

The argument of Sibel Terhaar is what 99% of interns like to talk about. Obviously, it is time we started talking about this subject because we actually deserve better. If we are made to do what normal employees do, then we deserve better pays. Don’t we? It is time to stop unpaid internships and undueContinue reading “THE WORLD OF INTERNSHIP”

THE SOLIDLY GROUNDED ENGINEER

A Google search for the words “engineering software programs” brings up myriad of results. This means we have a host of CAD software available, each with special features, and the choice is yours as a young/aspiring engineer to decide on which one to use, based on preference or suitability for a particular application. The useContinue reading “THE SOLIDLY GROUNDED ENGINEER”

MODIFICATION OF ASPHALT CEMENT WITH POLYMER– RUBBER CRUMBS AND PET

Highway agencies have recognized the benefits of using modified asphalts to reduce the amount and severity of pavement distresses and to increase service life. Due to significantly more severe traffic demands placed on pavements today than in the past, highway agencies are always striving to lengthen the service life of pavements. Narratively, many agencies estimateContinue reading “MODIFICATION OF ASPHALT CEMENT WITH POLYMER– RUBBER CRUMBS AND PET”